Talking health with seniors
Date posted: February 17, 2014
Health literacy refers to an individual’s ability to access, process and understand the information needed to make safe and appropriate health decisions. It has two components: people must have the basic literacy skills required to access, process and understand information, and information must be presented in a way that is clear and understandable. For more information on health literacy, read Decoda’s Health Literacy fact sheet
The following video, Talking Health with Seniors, was created by the PEI Literacy Alliance to highlight some of the issues around communicating health information, particularly for seniors. It was designed both as a training tool for medical professionals and as a resource for empowering seniors to manage their own health.
Looking for other health information resources for seniors? Here’s a sample:
BC seniors’ guide – Information on healthy aging and government services (provincial and federal) for older adults.
Easy-to-read health materials – a library of easy-to-read health materials organized by health topics. Includes interactive tutorials and videos.
HealthLinkBC: Learning Center: Senior health – Information for older adults from BC’s source for non-emergency health information and advice.
Healthy eating for seniors handbook – Information on good nutrition for seniors, with menu plans and recipes. Available in English and French; culturally adapted and translated into Punjabi and Chinese. Also available as an audio book and online videos.
Interactive health tutorials – Good for all ages, this resource has tutorials for learning about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio, and easy-to-read language.
Move for Life DVD – This DVD featured seniors of all ages and abilities demonstrating physical activities. Includes activities for those with limited mobility. It encourages older adults to add more physical activities to their daily routine. Video clips are available online along with ordering information for the free DVD.
The safe living guide: a guide to home safety for seniors – Includes information on keeping healthy and active, keeping track of medication, and safety aids and adaptations