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Soc Work Health Care. 2015;54(1):65-81. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2014.966882.

Low health literacy and older adults: meanings, problems, and recommendations for social work.

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a Countryside , Illinois , USA.

Abstract

Many older adults struggle to manage their health care problems. Low health literacy exacerbates such struggles and contributes to a variety of adverse health behaviors and outcomes. Addressing how health literacy impinges on the lives of older adults is a neglected area of social work practice and knowledge. This article explores seven areas: defining health literacy, the problem and prevalence of low health literacy among older adults, health inequalities and health literacy, a brief literature review, neglected issues in the literature, suggestions for macro and micro social work interventions to improve health literacy for older adult populations, and conclusion.

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communication with health care providers; functional health literacy; geriatric social work; health education; health inequalities; literacy; social work interventions; well-being of older adults

PMID:
25588097
DOI:
10.1080/00981389.2014.966882
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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