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Serving Seniors. Sarah Hubbard Lexington Public Library [email protected] 2014 Kentucky Summer Reading Program Conference. Why Focus on Seniors?. Kentucky’s population is aging Rural areas especially see this at an accelerated rate

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serving seniors

Serving Seniors

Sarah Hubbard

Lexington Public Library

[email protected]

2014 Kentucky Summer Reading Program Conference

why focus on seniors
Why Focus on Seniors?
  • Kentucky’s population is aging
  • Rural areas especially see this at an accelerated rate
  • 2/3 of households with minor children used a public library within the past year (2002)
  • 1/3 of households with retired members used a public library in the past year (2002)
part ii
Part II

Programming Concepts & Ideas

program guidelines
Program Guidelines
  • Daylight hours ONLY
  • Consider a mid-day time slot during lulls
  • Offer frequent very basic digital literacy classes – small class size
  • Track community events to avoid conflict
program ideas
Program Ideas
  • Financial literacy and security
  • Medical and health
  • Continuing education
  • Recareering
  • Digital literacy
  • Social/Support Groups
financial literacy
Financial Literacy
  • Health care/insurance information
  • Affordable housing
  • Insurance
  • Money investment and risk
  • Scams
  • Short- and long-term planning
  • Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid benefits
medical and health
Medical and Health
  • Managing chronic health issues
  • Caregiving
  • New medical advances/choices
  • Healthy choices
  • Physical or mental health information
continuing education
Continuing Education
  • Craft instruction
  • Household skills/organization
  • Language learning
recareering
Recareering
  • Second career opportunities
  • Grandparents as parents
digital literacy
Digital Literacy
  • Ongoing emphasis on extreme beginner courses:
    • Using the Parts of a Computer
    • Introduction to the Internet
    • Computer safety
    • Creating and saving documents
  • Both class computers and access computers provided by library
  • Classes can be one-time concept classes or ongoing social gatherings
social support groups
Social/Support Groups
  • Book talks/book discussion groups
  • Guest lecture series
  • Game nights
  • Craft groups
  • Movie groups
  • Exercise groups
  • Health groups
  • Technology groups
marketing
Marketing
  • Partnerships
  • Outreach
  • Flyers/Media
partnerships
Partnerships
  • Senior centers and assisted living facilities
  • Literacy groups or writing groups / local authors
  • Senior advocacy groups
  • Local history or genealogy groups
  • Craft/hobby groups
outreach
Outreach
  • Fairs/festivals
  • Senior centers
  • Local history groups/relevant nonprofits
  • Seminars
flyers media
Flyers/Media
  • Newspapers – community and specialty
  • Community boards
  • Senior centers
  • Relevant nonprofits / newsletters
  • Radio stations
  • Government departments
links
Links

The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32701.pdf

Kentucky Population Growth – State Data Center

http://ksdc.louisville.edu/images/Publications/KSDC%20Research%20Report%20Vol1%20No1.pdf

Library WebJunction – Older Adults and Seniors

http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/older-adults.html

Libraries – Transforming Life After 50

http://transforminglifeafter50.org/

Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative

http://www.mc.uky.edu/keri/

Kentucky’s Aging Population – State Data Center

http://ksdc.louisville.edu/images/Presentations/KY_Gerentology_Conference.swf

Households’ Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002

http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/News/HouseholdUsePL2002_1-2007.pdf

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