Older Adults & Seniors

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Among the many diverse communities that libraries serve, older adults and seniors continue to be a growing population with unique needs. Libraries are adapting programming and outreach strategies, developing senior-friendly spaces, and implementing adaptive technologies for this community. In this section you will find lists of helpful suggestions, case studies of individual libraries, and other resources to help your library provide better services to older adults and seniors.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Outreach Programming: Serving Hidden Patrons

Publish Date: News / 23 January 2020

Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, NC is a rural library serving Vance County where approximately two-thirds of the county's population is either under the age of 18 or over the age of 60. Yet mobility issues and lack of transportation meant these ...

Memory Kits Serve Community Members with Alzheimer’s

Publish Date: News / 25 April 2019

For people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, a remembered moment from the past is a gift. Memory loss and confusion are the hallmarks of dementia and Alzheimer's, as the diseases progressively damage brains cells, but photographs, music, a...

Seniors and Financial Scams: When Traditional Workshops Aren't Working

Publish Date: News / 10 January 2019

Consumers lost a total of $905 million to fraud in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission's 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The FTC fielded 1.1 million fraud reports last year, with fraudulent debt collection, identify theft, and i...

How Pie and Bingo was Born

Publish Date: News / 12 July 2018

This is the first in a new series on WebJunction published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovative programming from member libraries serving small and rural communities. Thanks to our first ...

Serving Older Adults in a Changing World

Publish Date: Webinar / 8 November 2016

This webinar will focus on trends, impacts and strategies for library staff serving older adults in a changing world.

Rural Libraries Services for Older Adults: Summary of Findings

Publish Date: News / 2 September 2016

Each day roughly 10,000 Americans turn 65. How are rural libraries serving these older adults? To find out, I conducted a survey of rural libraries throughout 45 states and two Canadian provinces to see how rural libraries are serving the 65+ demogra...

Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia

Publish Date: News / 9 June 2016

We couldn't help but notice a Facebook post that mentioned this successful program idea, and we just had to know more. Judith R. Wright, Teen Librarian at Homewood Public Library in Homewood, AL, was kind enough to share more information including th...

Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library

Publish Date: News / 21 March 2016

Every community is unique, which of course means that each library is unique. Take, for example, Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. Westerville is a city of about 37,000, situated fewer than 20 miles north of Columbus, and just a stone'...