On April 23rd at 2pm, over 220 participants gathered in the Hotel Oakland Village lobby to attend the first Health Literacy series presentation. Participants were so anxious to learn about this new topic that they came an hour early to get a seat! The presentation was hosted by Hong Fook Community-Based Adult Service Center’s Clinical Director, Ms. Laura Li. The topic “What is Health Literacy?” was very new to our participants. Ms. Li said health literacy describes how a person can read and understand health information so that everyone can make informed decisions toward their health. Problems with health literacy affect all people, but seniors and the chronically ill are most at-risk, and also have the greatest healthcare needs and expenses. The reason that health literacy is very important is because at some point time of our lives, we all have to make health care decisions. Only 12 percent of adults have proficient health literacy, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. In other words, nearly nine out of ten adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease. Then, Ms. Li said not to worry! In the coming months, Hotel Oakland Village will be hosting more Health Literacy presentations so we can all increase our knowledge and make more informed decisions regarding our health. At the end of the meeting, participants had a chance to ask Ms. Li questions. Everyone was thankful for the opportunity to explore a new topic and gain important information about Health Literacy.
Please come to our next Health Literacy presentation! The 2019 Health Literacy series will include information about communicating with your doctor and caregivers, prescription management, understanding medical devices, fall prevention and medical forms. Also, please make sure to sign up for the free hearing and vision tests!