Health Literacy Resource for Older Adults

November 2, 2007 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a new guide for people who serve older adults on health and aging issues. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults includes background information on health literacy and strategies for communicating with older adults about health, as well as examples of health literacy best practices. HHS cites the following as important reasons to be aware of the health literacy needs of older adults:

  • Health outcomes are related to health literacy.

  • As many as 80 percent of older Americans have at least one chronic health condition. The more health conditions people have, the more they need to navigate the health care system and interpret complex health information.

  • Literacy problems will not always be obvious to you. Some people hide their problem out of shame, or they may not recognize the difficulty they have with reading.

Click here to find out more and download the guide.

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