Services for Older Adults

For many years the Office of Commonwealth Libraries has recognized its responsibility for providing leadership for public libraries across the state to better serve older adults, their families and caregivers in their local areas. This has most often been expressed in making these services one of the priorities for grants using federal library funds.

The Innovative Services for an Aging Population (ISAP) Advisory Committee meets three times a year planning ways to provide helpful information to Pennsylvania’s public libraries on programs, services and resources for older adults. Currently their are representatives on the ISAP Advisory Committee from public libraries, the Regional Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and state agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, AARP, Social Security, Area Agencies on Aging, Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Two award applications are sent out each year to public libraries for Best Practices for Older Adult programming in Pennsylvania. The AARP Award is given to public libraries, regardless of their size, for creative/innovative programming to older adults. The Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award recognizes a public library that has promoted services for a diverse population of older adults. 

Each year the ISAP Committee also arranges to have one to two speakers at the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Annual Conference as well as an exhibit booth with materials from each of the partnering agencies on the committee. A Best Practices Booklet and bookmarks with websites of interest to older adults are also updated and printed for distribution at the exhibit booth. During the PaLA Business Meeting, the AARP Awards and the Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award are presented to the successful libraries.

For more information, contact:

Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development

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AARP letter

 Document / Last Modified: 30 May 2013

This letter describes the award presented by AARP which will recognize public libraries that are small, medium or large that have presented innovative and creative programming for older adults.

Social Security Administration Link

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013

The attached document provides an image that links directly to the Social Security Webpage. SSA hopes to have this link placed on the desktop/favorites of every library computer in Pennsylvania. Contact the SSA at (877)405-3543 Ext 21206.