Functional Literacy of Older Adults: The Case of the Netherlands

van der Kamp, Max; Scheeren, Jo
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

The way adults use written information they encounter in daily life is a growing concern in many industrialized
countries. The ability to respond on documents such as safety rules on the workplace, manuals for new technology,
checkbooks, prescriptions, maps, tables and graphs seems to be problematic for increasing numbers of citizens. Today, adults need a higher level of literacy to function well: society has become more complex and low skill jobs are
disappearing. Therefore, inadequate levels of literacy among a broad section of the population potentially might threaten the strength of economies and the social cohesion of nations (OECD/Statcan 1995).