CHW Older Adult Care - 2023-25

According to the CDC, older adults (CDC, 2020) are at risk for low health literacy and thus, do not seek preventive care or follow-up on suggested care. In fact, 71% of adults older than age 60 have difficulty in using print materials, 80% have difficulty using documents such as forms or charts, and 68% have difficulty with interpreting numbers and doing calculations as assessed by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL, 2003). This problem is further complicated by growing social isolation among older adults as well as limited digital literacy, lagging behind the rest of the population in having the means and ability to access the Internet (CDC, 2020). “The Center for Disease Control describes loneliness and social isolation as ‘serious public health risks.’ Nearly 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and over are considered socially isolated, and nearly 1 out of 3 adults over 45 feel lonely. Social isolation increases the chance of premature death and rivals the risks of smoking, obesity, and inactivity” (CDC, 2020).

Age brings a higher risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, which are the nation’s leading drivers of illness, disability, deaths, and health care costs. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are most common in adults 60 and older, and the risk increases with age. This course teaches CHWs clinical preventive services where they can refer people/clients to help prevent disease or find disease early, when treatment is more effective.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for community health workers.

Learning Objectives

When you complete this module, you will be able to:

  1. Examine a variety of issues impacting older adult care and providing a bridge to healthcare that emphasizes respect and dignity.
  2. Describe a variety of hard and soft interactive education methods for different learning styles and ages.
  3. Implement education methods to improve knowledge and/or change behavior.

CHW Competencies covered 

  • Knowledge Base  - 1.0 hour
  • Communication - 0.5 hour
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • 1.50 HSC Participation
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Primary Authors

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Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC
Associate Professor, Health Administration & Policy, School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Personalized Health & Well-Being, School of Health Professions
Interim Director and Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
Director, Texas State Certified CHW/CHWI Training Program
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth



Bobbie Bratton - Interprofessional Education and Practice


Bobbi D. Bratton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CHWI
Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth   


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Kate Taylor, DNP, FN-C, CPPS, FNAP
Assistant Dean of Clinical and Outreach Affairs, College of Nursing
Adjunct Faculty, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas


Instructional Design

Brenda Wilson, MS, CHCP
Senior Instructional Designer
CE & Assessment Department, Division of Academic Innovation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth


Accreditation Statements

Community Health Workers
This activity is State Certified for 1.5 credits for community health workers.

Certificate of Attendance

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth certifies this activity for 1.5 hours of participation.


Available Credit

  • 1.50 Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • 1.50 HSC Participation


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This training was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54MD006882. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.