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Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults
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Additional Resources

In addition to the resources listed earlier in this guide, you may find the following materials helpful. Resources are grouped by topic.

Cultural Competence

National Standards in Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is a report from the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report recommends national standards for culturally appropriate care.

Health Literacy

American Medical Association resources on health literacy include in-depth toolkits for professionals and patient safety tip cards. EXIT Disclaimer

Clear & Simple: Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers is a guide from the National Cancer Institute that provides proven principles and discussion of the real-life issues that people developing low-literacy materials face.

Federal Health Literacy Improvement resources can be found at this page hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion is a comprehensive report on health literacy from the Institute on Medicine. EXIT Disclaimer

National Library of Medicine Bibliography: Understanding Health Literacy and Its Barriers is an extensive list of resources on health literacy and how to design strategies that address the problem.

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Health Literacy Component specifically measured the health literacy of U.S. adults.

Older Adults

The Administration on Aging provides national leadership, funding, technical support and oversight to the Aging Services Network which is charged under the Older Americans Act with the responsibility for promoting the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based services for older people and their family caregivers. is the site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

The National Institute on Aging offers numerous resources on health issues that affect older adults, including the Age Page series. is an innovative Web site for older adults that features a range of interactive tutorials on important health issues.

Plain Language

Plain Language: A Strategic Response to the Health Literacy Challenge is a paper that examines myths and facts about the role of plain language in responding to health literacy. Published in the Journal of Public Health Policy. EXIT Disclaimer

Visual Impairment

See for Yourself: Vision and Older Adults and What You Should Know About Low Vision are helpful guides from the National Eye Institute.

Web Sites is a Federal resource for designing useful and usable Web sites.  

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