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NIA Toolkit for Trainers

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Training Guide from the National Institute on Aging Helps Older
Adults Find Health Information Online

Health issues are a vital concern for older adults, and surveys show that most of those who go online search for health and medical information. However, since only 34 percent of people age 65 and older are online, the majority of older adults are missing out on valuable health information. To broaden the numbers of older adults able to search for and find reliable health information online, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has developed a free training curriculum for those who teach and work with older adults. This Toolkit for Trainers is now available on a senior-friendly Web site developed by the NIA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Toolkit for Trainers is a free, downloadable training curriculum that instructors can use to help older adults find reliable health information online.

Available on the website, the toolkit comes with lesson plans, student handouts, web-searching exercises, and glossaries which instructors can customize to fit students’ skill levels and interests. An introductory video acquaints trainers with the curriculum, and trainer tools help instructors gear their teaching toward the older learner. Check out the toolkit on the NIHSeniorHealth website at