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Aging Texas Well – Aligning Health Literacy with Resource Awareness for Older Adults in Texas

About This Session

Summary

The Texas Health and Human Services, Aging Service Coordination office promotes aging and living well through the Aging Texas Well initiative and the statewide Age Well Live Well campaign.

One of the three focus areas of Age Well Live Well, Be Informed, promotes the importance of resource awareness and taking proactive steps to access important health resources that can help make informed decisions. This session provides an overview of the importance of health literacy for Texans and how to access available resources to age and live well.

What we'll cover:

Learning objectives:

  • Recall aging demographics in the US and Texas and the impact health literacy and overall healthcare costs can have on older adults, caregivers and their families.
  • Describe the Age Well Live Well statewide campaign and the available resources that can support older adults and their families in aging and living well.
  • Recognize new ways the initiatives and resources highlighted can support health literacy and adult education efforts for older adults, family caregivers and their families.

Think about yourself and your average older adult family member over the age of 60.

  • Do you and your older adult family member understand how the body’s physiology works in general?
  • Do you and your older family member know where to go for no cost resources and information on services, caregiving and other aging needs that may come up?
  • Do you and your older adult family member know how to locate and get to the nearest hospital if you need to?
  • How about their level or your level in reading nutrition labels and medication instructions?
  • Do you or your older adult family member know how to communicate symptoms accurately to the health care provider?
  • How about using online Provider Portals to get messaging and updates from doctors?
  • What about how to navigate and complete required insurance forms?

Older adult health literacy involves a wide range of considerations including the sensory changes in the aging process, cultural differences, numerical challenges in processing information, communication shortfalls that may be generational or provider-related, medication errors, challenges managing multiple chronic health conditions, longer hospital stays, increased hospital readmissions and emergency department usage, and a population with a higher mortality rate, in general.

We’ll talk about some of the ways we work to improve public awareness of resources, as well as some of the available research-based solutions for improving health literacy such as screening tools, online repositories and some of our initiatives for engaging families to prepare for aging and living well.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - health literacy
Session will also cover:
topic - advocacy, public awareness
topic - community partnerships & collaboration

Pending

PD LIT
PD PAL
PD other

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.

Presenter

Audience
ROLE program administrators
Level
LEVEL beginner
Product promotion?
EXHIBITOR NO
Other info:

The presenter will demo the online Aging Well Resources form providing close to 200 free resources across multiple topic areas that support aging and living well.

Texas Talks and Know Your Neighbor will be highlighted as part of the session.

Breakout24 – FROST

Page checked or updated: 6/28/24

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