The association between age and health literacy among elderly persons.

  title={The association between age and health literacy among elderly persons.},
  author={David W. Baker and Julie A. Gazmararian and Joseph J. Sudano and Michael Patterson},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={55 6},
OBJECTIVE To examine why older age groups have worse functional health literacy. METHODS Home interviews were conducted with community-dwelling elderly persons (n = 2,774) to determine demographics, years of school completed, newspaper reading frequency, chronic diseases, and health status. Participants completed the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (S-TOFHLA, range 0-100) and the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE). RESULTS Mean S-TOFHLA scores declined 1.4 points (95… CONTINUE READING

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