Thursday, November 29, 2007

BC Cancer Agency Community Cancer Forum

A free public forum for all members of the community
December 1, 2007
Time Sensitive

Sponsored by: Provincial Health Services Authority

Saturday, December 1, 2007
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, B.C.

Registration is not required.
More information: 604.877.6272 or

When a loved one has cancer, family and friends become partners on a journey through care and treatment. Cancer patients, supporters, and caregivers are invited to learn how to better navigate this journey at the BC Cancer Agency's Community Cancer Forum, sponsored by the
Provincial Health Services Authority. Learn about the latest in new cancer treatments, integrative cancer care, nutrition, lifestyle, cancer survivorship, and pain and fatigue management, and visit displays from the BC Cancer Agency and its community partners.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Health Literacy Tool for Professionals Who Serve Older Adults (US)

As part of Health Literacy month, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new health literacy tool for people who serve older adults. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults is designed to provide useful strategies and suggestions to professionals who work with older adults to help bridge the communication gap between professionals and older adults.

In a national assessment of health literacy, only three percent of the older adults surveyed were found to be proficient in health literacy. Persons with limited health literacy have more adverse health outcomes including less frequent use of preventive services, higher hospitalization rates, and more emergency room visits. For older Americans, difficulties with health literacy can complicate already challenging health problems since as many as 80 percent of older Americans have at least one chronic disease.

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