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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Health Department held their 2014 health literacy conference on Thursday.
Their goal is to give older adults a better understanding of health information.
ADH said prescription labels, medicine fact sheets and doctor advice can be confusing. There are often unfamiliar medical terms that aren't used in every language.
Their health information applies to every aspect of life, from the doctor's office, to making healthier decisions at the grocery store.
"It's the ability to read or to get, read, digest and use health information to make decisions on how they live their lives," said Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, medical advisor, ADH.
Dillaha said being health illiterate can lead seniors to misinterpret medication directions, or pick the wrong over the counter drug.
People who attended also received advice on Medicare and health insurance.