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Serving Seniors. Sarah Hubbard Lexington Public Library shubbard@lexpublib.org. 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

shubbard@lexpublib.org

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