The elderly: A target group highly accessible to health education

P. S. German

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This paper is intended, in part, to call attention to a group, those 65 and over, in serious risk of receiving less attention than warranted in planning programmes for health education. Evidence gathered in a study of health care of the elderly is reported in this paper. The data presented give substance to the speculation that the elderly have a high potential as consumers of health education strategies, not only from the presumption of existing needs but from indications of a readiness to act on directions given. The danger remains that the elderly will not rank high in health education priorities, although there is a beginning evidence of burgeoning interest in this population. There have been programmes of health education aimed at the elderly with an emphasis on self care, an area of great interest currently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-272
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Health Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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