Promoting Health Literacy in Older Adults
Health literacy is associated with cognitive function across multiple domains in older adults. Unfortunately, older adults may face additional memory and cognitive challenges that can further limit their health literacy. There are several different age-related changes that could contribute to the decrease in health literacy in older adults. Although the rate and severity of these age-related changes vary among individuals, these should be considered when assessing an older adult’s health literacy. This activity will discuss age-related changes that could contribute to the decrease in health literacy, and strategies to promote health literacy in older adults. The importance of health literacy screening in clinical care settings will also be addressed.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who serve the older adult population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- List age-related changes that could contribute to the decrease in health literacy in older adults.
- Provide examples of stressful situations that contribute to cognitive burden such as a new diagnosis, complicated health management instructions and lifestyle changes.
- State the importance of health literacy screening in clinical care settings.
- Discuss strategies to promote health literacy in older adults.
Michael S. Wolf, MA, MPH, PhD
Professor, Medicine & Learning Sciences
Associate Vice Chair, Research, Department of Medicine
Associate Division Chief, General Internal Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
About the presenter
Dr. Michael S. Wolf has extensively studied cognitive, psychosocial and health system determinants of health, specifically in the area of health literacy and health communications research. Dr. Wolf’s work has primarily focused on understanding health care complexity, and he has led several large-scale, pragmatic trials to evaluate multifaceted interventions to promote patient engagement in health, targeting chronic disease self-management, medication safety and adherence.
Dr. Wolf is a reviewer for numerous professional journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association and Social Science and Medicine. Dr. Wolf is also an active contributor to national organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration, Joint Commission and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Wolf has indicated that he is a consultant for Pfizer and received grant funding from Amgen, Eli Lilly and Company, and Merck & Co.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-19-180-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
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A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General
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