Limited health literacy has been linked to increased health disparities, poor health outcomes, increased use of health care services, and several health care safety issues, including medical and medication errors. Improving health literacy for all Americans has been identified as one of the 20 necessary actions to improve health care quality on a national scale. The challenges of making sense of health information are especially great for the increasing proportion of people aged 65 years and older in the United States. This webinar will discuss this topic and how they face unique issues related to physical and cognitive functioning that can make it difficult for them to find and use appropriate health information.
After viewing this webinar you will be able to:
- Define health literacy
- Discuss the impact of low health literacy on the older adult patient outcomes
- State 3 evidence-based strategies utilized in communication with the older adult with low health literacy
The presenter has no conflict of interest. This activity has no commercial support or sponsorship.
The New York University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.