I did a search of the forum and came up with only one article but it has got to be more prevalent than that. The article by Anne-Marie Botek gave examples of calling out elders pet names like sweetie or honey but it is so much more than that, I'm going to cite some examples from an excellent article at verywell health (https://www.verywellhealth.com/elderspeak-and-older-adults-97972)
"Elderspeak involved speaking slowly, using a high-pitched voice, using terms of endearment such as "honey" or "sweetheart," and speaking to the adult as if he was an infant or young child."
"Oh Honey Bun, you want to go to bed, don't you?"
"Sweetie, you're just so cute!"
"Is our tummy hungry for some foodie?"
The article also identifies key problems with elderspeak
"*It's Irritating, Degrading, and Patronizing
*It Contributes to Depersonalization
*It Implies Power
*It Conveys the Presumed Incompetence of the Elder
*It Increases Challenging Behaviors"
It seems to be the common practice at the nursing home, goes hand in hand with the cheerful and stupid attitude when asked a question, and the friendlier aides are the most culpable. Anyone else?