The authors reviewed the evidence on the association of age and limited health literacy overall and by assessment tool and the mediating role of cognitive function.  They found that vocabulary-based health literacy skills appeared more stable with age but cautioned that researchers should choose assessment tools carefully when investigating health literacy of older adults. 13 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The investigators found that the evidence on the association between health literacy and adherence in older adults is relatively weak and the evidence on health literacy interventions for vulnerable populations of older adults was limited. 10 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This article examined the effectiveness of health literacy oriented programs on physical activity behaviour among middle aged and older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. 6 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This report shares the proceedings from an American workshop.  Themes explored included what we know about health literacy and older adults, the family and community landscape, the health system landscape and reflections. 102 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This study sought to assess the associations of cognitive functioning and 10-years' cognitive decline with health literacy in older adults. 7 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The authors argue that understanding how health literacy and demographic factors contribute to the rate of falls is key to modifying fall prevention interventions to be more effective among those older adults with low health literacy. 10 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This publication describes an American systematic review in which the investigators found a need for a standardized and clinically validated health literacy screening tool and to improve health care strategies for older adults with low health literacy. 13 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This research study aimed to identify health literacy-related challenges that older adults experience when managing their health. 5 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This article describes a study conducted utilizing a systematic literature review to evaluate health literacy programs targeted at older adults.14 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This American article overviews the findings of an analysis of survey data to identify the degree of health literacy and characteristics of those with inadequate health literacy and the impact on patient satisfaction, health care use and costs. The findings suggest that with effective educational interventions patient satisfaction, compliance and outcomes can be greatly improved resulting in reduced healthcare use and spending. 8 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

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