Appendix B: Inuvik Case Study
Community Recommendations for Strengthening Literacy Supports for Seniors
Inuvik seniors, seniors serving organizations and literacy providers provide a checklist of needs and preferences for strengthening literacy supports for seniors.
Literacy must be a priority for seniors. Seniors have to want to take control over their own health and well-being. Seniors must want to listen to information and learn about it. “People feel better when they have the skills to take care of themselves.” (Frontline worker, Inuvik)
Seniors should be offered the choice of improving their Aboriginal or English language literacy skills. Seniors should not be pushed/forced into programs or told what to do. The first step is a needs assessment undertaken by familiar local people (e.g. Teaching and Learning Centre staff, Adult Educators, Elders Council). Seniors should be involved in ongoing literacy planning and evaluation of activities.
Approaches to seniors learning that focus on their knowledge and build on their strengths, should be pursued.
Senior workshops and small group learning sessions are good forums for seniors to share and understand information.
Outreach/community service programming which provides one stop and storefront information and help for seniors, should be a priority. There should be a place in town where seniors can go to get information, and someone who can explain it in plain language
More networking and partnerships between senior serving organizations are needed to overcome limited funding for seniors literacy activities.
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