Older Adults – Fact Sheet (2012)

This fact sheet is part of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to focus attention on a variety of literacy-related topics.

The authors note that the increasing literacy demands of everyday life are a challenge for older Canadians, many of whom had their schooling cut short for a variety of reasons. Even those who had a strong educational foundation may find their skills eroding from lack of practice.

While literacy instruction offers many benefits to seniors, they are underrepresented in literacy programs, which often target those whose goal is employment.

To counteract these problems, the authors suggest developing programs specifically for seniors; working with existing seniors’ groups to promote adult literacy; using clear and effective communication to reach older Canadians; and encouraging more literate seniors to become literacy tutors.

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Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN). Older Adults – Fact Sheet 2012. Web. 1 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/clln/fact_sheets/older_adults/older_adults.pdf>
Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) (2012). Older Adults – Fact Sheet. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/clln/fact_sheets/older_adults/older_adults.pdf
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