Aboriginal seniors living in a complex world of multiple literacies may be at higher risk of suffering the consequences of low literacy.
Based on current methods of assessing English literacy rates, more than half of the seniors population is considered illiterate. In the next decade, the seniors population will multiply 1.5 times. Rapidly changing information and communication technologies will challenge even educated seniors. Aboriginal seniors are not expressing their literacy of the people and the land with the same frequency as they did in the past. To maintain the health of Aboriginal cultures, Aboriginal literacy will be needed.
Seniors’ Preferences for Literacy Supports
NWT seniors are interested in supports for their literacy needs. Despite the range of efforts to maintain seniors’ enrolment, literacy is a ‘hard sell’ to seniors. To overcome challenges to engaging seniors in literacy activities, seniors identify the following preferences.
NWT seniors are more likely to be engaged in a literacy learning activity if:
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