People 65 and older make nearly twice as many physician office visits per year than adults 45 to 65. However, an estimated two-thirds of older people are unable to understand the information given to them about their prescription medications. Over two thirds of adults over 60 have difficulty using print materials, forms or performing calculations.
Older adults have the same health literacy difficulties that younger persons have, but they may be more pronounced.
Tips for communicating with older adults (and adults all ages):
It is important to improve health communication as a way to improve the health of older adults. Get a printable PDF of this information here.