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It's Never Too Late To Learn
COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY

n Barbara Neder

Many seniors are challenged by low levels of literacy
skills. Reading habits are set early in life, and reading is a
"use it or lose it" skill. If reading was not enjoyable when
in school, it is often avoided by adults, causing critical
reading skills to fade away.
Today's seniors grew up in a very different world.
Their school learning may have been shortened due to
war, the Depression, family obligations, lack of access to
school or the need to work. Recent studies show 26% of
adults 65+ have below basic literacy skills compared to
15% of the general populations. Seniors with low literacy
skills are more likely to face health challenges. Poverty,
isolation and low literacy skills are often linked to and/or
intensify other challenges related to aging.
GOOD NEWS!
In order to create a more literate community, READ/
Orange County was established to "provide diversified
services of the highest quality to all who seek them."

READ /Orange County is the adult literacy program of
OC Public Libraries and OC Community Resources.
READ/Orange County provides tutoring for basic reading, writing and English to adult learners throughout
the county. Lessons are individualized, confidential, and
highly goal-oriented. Tutors structure the learning process around the learner's goals, using everyday materials
relevant to those goals, such as grocery store ads, magazines, and information about medication or items received in the mail. Mutually convenient times and public
locations are arranged for tutors and learners to meet.
Reading helps seniors stay active and connected
whether they are a learner needing help or a volunteer
tutor. Literacy is a learning "workout" for both! If you
are seeking help or would like to volunteer as a READ/
Orange County tutor to help another adult learn and
improve their reading, contact READ/Orange County.
714-566-3070 www.readoc.org
Barbara Neder is the Adult Literacy Specialist for
READ/OC

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