The Impact of Limited Literacy on Health Promotion in the Elderly

Lorraine Silver, Wallace
2004 Californian Journal of Health Promotion   unpublished
The public health impact of limited literacy has begun to be explored. The elderly and those with limited formal education are often the most vulnerable populations at risk of having low health literacy. Health promotion specialists must be cognizant of the literacy demands of health education materials (e.g., pamphlets, questionnaires) distributed to the elderly. Care must be taken to ensure that health education materials are both linguistically and culturally appropriate for whom they are intended.