Plain Language Summaries: A Socio-economic Analysis of Health and Literacy Among Seniors (2007)

This is a summary of a Statistics Canada study examining the relationship between the socio-economic factors that shape population health on the one hand, and literacy levels and practices on the other, with special emphasis on senior citizens.

The study’s results, supported by both health and literacy research, indicate that many of Canada’s senior citizens have poor literacy skills. These people may endanger themselves by, for example, misunderstanding instructions on medications, and may affect medical expenditures as well by, for instance, misusing medical services.

Given the growing size of Canada’s senior population, the projected increase in the use of medications among senior citizens, and the tendency of literacy abilities to decline for seniors, the authors of the study argue that there is a pressing need to consider literacy as an important policy issue for health promotion.

The summary is part of a National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) project, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), with the goal of giving researchers and other practitioners a way to determine quickly the relevance of a number of research documents from Statistics Canada.

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T. Scott Murray and James E. Page. Plain Language Summaries: A Socio-economic Analysis of Health and Literacy Among Seniors 2007. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/atrisk/summary/fawcett.pdf>
T. Scott Murray & James E. Page (2007). Plain Language Summaries: A Socio-economic Analysis of Health and Literacy Among Seniors. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/atrisk/summary/fawcett.pdf
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