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  1. Serving Seniors Sarah Hubbard Lexington Public Library shubbard@lexpublib.org 2014 Kentucky Summer Reading Program Conference

  2. 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)

  3. Part II Programming Concepts & Ideas

  4. Welcoming Buildings

  5. signage

  6. parking lot

  7. sidewalks

  8. wheelchairs

  9. caution markings

  10. flooring

  11. seating

  12. shelving

  13. special collections

  14. 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

  15. Program Ideas • Financial literacy and security • Medical and health • Continuing education • Recareering • Digital literacy • Social/Support Groups

  16. 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

  17. Medical and Health • Managing chronic health issues • Caregiving • New medical advances/choices • Healthy choices • Physical or mental health information

  18. Continuing Education • Craft instruction • Household skills/organization • Language learning

  19. Recareering • Second career opportunities • Grandparents as parents

  20. 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

  21. Social/Support Groups • Book talks/book discussion groups • Guest lecture series • Game nights • Craft groups • Movie groups • Exercise groups • Health groups • Technology groups

  22. Marketing • Partnerships • Outreach • Flyers/Media

  23. 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

  24. Outreach • Fairs/festivals • Senior centers • Local history groups/relevant nonprofits • Seminars

  25. Flyers/Media • Newspapers – community and specialty • Community boards • Senior centers • Relevant nonprofits / newsletters • Radio stations • Government departments

  26. 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