People 65 and older make nearly twice as many physician office visits per year than adults 45 to 65. However, an estimated two-thirds of older people are unable to understand the information given to them about their prescription medications. Over two thirds of adults over 60 have difficulty using print materials, forms or performing calculations.
It is important to improve health communication as a way to improve the health of older adults. Get a printable PDFof this information here.
Individuals with low health literacy may have difficulty:
How you can help:
Health Literacy Content for Providers
Health Literacy module from the University of Arizona Center on Aging.
50 minute webinar on health literacy concepts, data, and great examples of how to improve written teaching tools.
On-line article article from Nursing World that covers aging and learning, with tips on how to modify patient education.
Elder care provider fact sheets and care partner sheets from the University of Arizona, Center on Aging
Health Literacy Content for Providers on Medication Management
Six minute video describing the difficulty using a medication cup for liquid medications, from Heartland TRC.
Four minute video from the American Medical Association with examples of patients' difficulties with medication labels, medical jargon and form.
Longer (24-minute) video from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation with examples and tips on how to improve patients' understanding of their health problems and how to take medications.
Meeting information and resources from the Arizona Be Med Smart Coalition in Pima County.
Patient / Caregiver Resources on Medication Management
Brief 4 minute video for patients on how to ensure that multiple doctors know what the person's medications are.
Tool from AHRQ to create a pill card for a patient; could be used by healthcare provider, patient / family, or caregiver.
Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors. This site has articles, fact sheets and tips on medication use plus slides which can be used for classes with older adults.