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Making Your Printed Health Materials Senior Friendly


This tip sheet offers details on the following suggestions for how to tailor health information so that it fits the needs of older readers. It covers the following key points: 
  • When writing text for older adults:
    • Be precise
    • Keep it short
    • Make it easy to understand
    • Use everyday language
    • Focus on action steps
  • When designing text for older adults:
    • Keep the layout simple
    • Build in breaks for the eyes
    • Use easy-to-read fonts


National Institute on Aging

Funding Sources

National Institutes of Health

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  • Release Date: 10/2007
  • Review Date: 04/2012
  • Recent Summary: 05/2012
  • Original Summary: 10/2008
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Last updated: May 09, 2012.