- Community-based senior-serving organizations and literacy providers
strengthen the coordination of seniors literacy supports by:
- encouraging seniors to take a more active role in raising the
profile and priority of literacy and advocating for a continuum
of literacy supports in their communities.
- encouraging literacy providers of all types to build stronger
relationships to effectively support seniors.
- increasing networking opportunities among literacy providers
at all levels. (e.g. The NWT Literacy Council could create links
and a page for elders literacy on its website (www.nwt.literacy.ca)
with publications, teaching materials, presentations and techniques,
best practices and other resources.)
Access to Seniors Literacy Supports
- Literacy supports be promoted and made more attractive to:
- target seniors.
- communicate benefits of a literate seniors population to families
- raise awareness of literacy activities among seniors.
- Literacy providers engage seniors in literacy needs assessment
as a first step for determining/understanding the continuum of literacy
supports potentially needed to meet seniors literacy needs.
- Literacy achievements of NWT seniors should be celebrated.
- Literacy providers be supported and receive training to enable
understanding and flexibility of techniques for contacting, recruiting,
and meeting seniors literacy needs. Word-of-mouth (seniors talking
to seniors), audio-visual presentations at seniors gatherings, and
feasts with games and prizes are examples of techniques to use.
Seniors Literacy Programs and Supports
- Seniors have access to a continuum of literacy supports that enables
them to function independently and improve the quality of their lives
in their homes, communities and at work. The continuum should include
interpretation and advocacy where needed, and a variety of literacy