Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health Literacy and Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to health literacy and older adults. Topics include:

  • research on health literacy among older adults
  • online resources / ehealth
  • cognition
  • treatment and medication adherence
  • cancer
  • exercise 

5 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This study reported on risk factors across the life course which are correlated with health literacy later in life. The authors include possible interventions. 6 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This publication discusses the need for tailored education for older adult audiences specific to cancer treatment. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This article describes a systematic review that aimed to evaluate the research design, methods and findings of eHealth literacy interventions for older adults. The findings of the review pointed to a gap in evidence for eHealth literacy evaluating health outcomes targeting older adults. Last reviewed April 2019.

The authors suggest using the Single Item Screening (SIS) as a quick assessment of health literacy to gain key information to accurately identify older adults who require person centred communication strategies for health education. 4 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The authors utilized cross-sectional study data assessing health literacy and its association with physical activity and physical activity guideline adherence among older adults. 7 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

This study examined the relationship between health literacy and health behaviours and perceptions in a sample of older adults. 8 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The research described in this article aimed to address the gap in the literature regarding the efficacy of public library-based e-health literacy interventions designed specifically for older adults. 27 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The objective of this article was to describe the development of a narrative and photo based health literacy intervention targetted at older adults with low health literacy during communication in a primary care consultation setting. 13 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

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