HEALTH LITERACY

There are so many factors that go into living a healthy life. Knowing how to talk about your health is one of them.

HEALTH LITERACY

There are so many factors that go into living a healthy life. Knowing how to talk about your health is one of them.

Impact Area: Health Literacy

Health Literacy affects an individual’s healthcare experience on many levels—at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, with insurers, and even in discussing health matters with loved ones. Health literacy is key to working through the healthcare system – understanding instructions from medical professionals, self-care, and the ability to manage disease. Lower health literacy skills lead to increased chronic conditions and hospitalizations, underutilization of preventative care and overall poor health. Clients and patients will often hide their lack of understanding due to the stigmas of low health literacy, contributing to poor health outcomes.

Service Work Opportunity:

Boomers Leading Change volunteers serve at a variety of host sites throughout the Denver Metro region including the Spring Institute, a non-profit serving immigrants and refugees. Our volunteers provide health literacy training and education including diabetes prevention and management, depression and stress management, oral health, and nutrition to underserved populations, especially refugee elders and their families.

HEALTHY AGING

9 TIPS FROM WEB MD
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/healthy-aging-secret#3


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FROM NCOA

MENTAL HEALTH FOR OLDER AMERICANS
https://www.ncoa.org/center-for-healthy-aging/behavioral-health/older-americans-behavioral-health-series/


EXERCISE & OLDER AMERICANS

STRENGTH, BALANCE, ENDURANCE
https://familydoctor.org/exercise-seniors/


AGING IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

REPORT FROM CO HEALTH INSTITUTE
https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/blog/aging-communities-colorado


AREA AGENCY ON AGING

DRCOG SERVES 8 CO COUNTIES
https://drcog.org/programs/area-agency-aging


CO DEPT OF EDUCATION

QUICK GUIDE FOR OLDER AMERICANS & CAREGIVERS
http://www.cde.state.co.us/stateinfo/qgseniors