Older Adults

Older adults being counseled by a health professional.

Older Adults: Designing Health Information to Meet their Needs

Do you want to communicate health messages to an older adult audience? Whether you’re developing print or online information, broadcast media or delivering a health presentation, this web site is for you. This section will provide tools and resources to help you improve your communication with older adults and address health literacy barriers.

Older Adults: Health Literacy Skills

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)external icon indicates the following about older adults’ health literacy skills:

  • 71% of adults older than age 60 had difficulty in using print materials
  • 80% had difficulty using documents such as forms or charts
  • 68% had difficulty with interpreting numbers and doing calculations

We can improve how we communicate with older adults and create materials and messages that match their health literacy skills.

Dr. Lynda Anderson, Director of CDC's Healthy Aging Program

In this podcast, Dr. Lynda Anderson, former Director of CDC’s Healthy Aging Program discusses the importance of addressing health literacy issues for older adults. Podcast Transcript is available.


Page last reviewed: October 17, 2019