SPOTLIGHT: Literacy can affect mortality rates of elderly

It seems that having poor reading skills can be bad for your health. People aged 65 and above who have trouble reading basic healthcare-related literature and labels die sooner, according to new research. In fact, the "medically illiterate" elderly, who typically have trouble reading basic materials such as prescription bottles and appointment slips, were more likely to die within six years than people who understand such information. So what should healthcare providers do to address the problem? Article

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