The Effects of Aging on Health Literacy

1.25 Continuing Education Credit Hours


This module will help you become familiar with the many influences and changes that can affect one's ability to process and navigate health information in the later years. The changes encompass physical, psychological and cognitive changes, as well as social and cultural changes. Throughout the lessons health practitioners are offered insight into who the older adult learner is and strategies for addressing the health literacy needs of the older population.


  1. Describe the aging process and how it affects learning.
  2. Define the scope of the health literacy problem among older adults.
  3. Identify traits of the older adult learner and implications for teaching.
  4. Identify potential barriers to teaching older adults and strategies to reduce these barriers and facilitate learning.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Module Evaluation and then the Post Test (which requires a score of 70%), followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.