Training Guide from the National Institute on Aging Helps Older Adults Find Health Information Online
The National Institute on Aging has developed a free training curriculum for those who teach and work with older adults.
Akinso: Health issues are a vital concern for older adults. And surveys show that 34 percent of people ages 65 and older go online to search for health and medical information. To help these older adults search for and find dependable health information online, the National Institute on Aging has developed a free training curriculum for those who teach and work with older adults. It's known as the "Toolkit for Trainers" and is now available on the NIH Senior Health website. Stephanie Dailey, Public Affairs Specialist from the NIA's Office of Communications and Public Liaison, talks about what the toolkit has to offer.
Dailey: The toolkit includes lesson plans student handouts, glossaries, teaching tips, there's even an introductory video that shows how it can be used in classrooms. And it's designed to be used in libraries, senior centers, community colleges, and life long learner centers and can be a welcome addition to the computer classes they offer for older adults there.
Akinso: The NIH Senior Health website was jointly developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine for older adults and their families. If you would like to obtain the toolkit, visit www.nihseniorhealth.gov/toolkit. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland.