Just received my first professional review for my book from library journal.
“Adult service librarians will find practical ideas that can easily be adapted to fit their own community” — Library Journal, August 2020
The older adult population is growing and will continue to grow for the next several decades. They are a diverse group with a variety of needs and backgrounds. While some older adults are mobile, there are those who, for cognitive and physical reasons, are living with family, in residential and assisted living facilities, or spend part of their day in adult day care. The adult population has different needs at different points in their life though, programming for older adults is often lumped together with all adult library programming.
On the Go with Senior Services now available on Niche Academy website: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog/on-the-go-with-senior-services
In this free one-hour webinar, Phyllis Goodman will address the needs of the older adult population and how to create programs for them.
Attendees will gain insight into who the older adult population is and recent research on how the brain ages, and how educational and creative programs can improve their quality of life.
Techniques for working with older adults and specifically those with early stages of dementia will be discussed.
Sample programs that have worked well at libraries around the country will be shared.
I recently presented a webinar about connecting with older adults. One of the participants asked if I would address how to work with older adults when you are so much younger than they are. It is a very good question and one which many adult services librarians are not prepared for after receiving their library degree, even if they plan to work in adult services.
Free Webinar – On the Go with Senior Services now available on Niche Academy website: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog/on-the-go-with-senior-services
The older adult population is a diverse group with a variety of needs and interests just like every other age group. They grew up with a variety of music and technology and events which shaped them. This along with cultural and ethnic traditions has made them who they are today. Older adults you may come into contact with during an outreach program may also have cognitive and physical limitations which affect how well they are able to complete daily tasks or interact with others. They may also be embarrassed by their limitations and loss of independence. And there are others who make the best of their situation and love the opportunity to play games, being read or creating something and interacting with others.
How does One Interact with the Older Adult Population?
Check out my book On the Go with Senior Services: library programs for any time and any place with gives more insights into who the older adult population is and interacting with them. There is guidance on working with individuals with dementia and taking computer classes on the road. Complete detailed step-by-step programs are also included.