Improving health literacy among elderly

Authors

  • Winai Trainattawan
  • Natthapan Phianthanyakam
  • Paradorn Yingyoud
  • Panida Chaiwang
  • Raphatphorn Petchsuk
  • Pramote Thangkratok

Keywords:

health literacy, elderly, health services, improve

Abstract

Abstract
Low health literacy among elderly has been linked to poor health behaviours and poor health outcomes, which can adversely affect the quality and cost of health care services. This article was to presents of the definition, components, and level of health literacy, health literacy among elderly, and strategies to improve health literacy among elderly, as follow: 1) Improve the usability of health information, including improve the information appropriate for elderly, iImprove the information easy to use, limit the number of messages, use plain language, focus on action, and speaking clearly and listening carefully 2) Improve the usability of health services, including improve the usability of health forms and instructions, improve the accessibility of the physical environment, and establish a patient navigator program, and 3) Build knowledge to improve health decision making, including improve access to accurate and appropriate health information, facilitate healthy decision-making, and partner with educators to improve health curricula. This article contribute to understanding the strategies and identifying action guidelines for improving health literacy, improve health outcomes, and well-being of elderly.

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2020-12-30

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