Creative Aging

Creative Aging Programs Engage and Inspire

By Shannon McDonough, Communications Director, Lifetime Arts, Inc.

Part of what makes public libraries so valuable and trusted is the comprehensive range of programs and services they offer. Community outreach provides critical services to the neediest. Early literacy and other learning programs support the youngest minds and encourage them to explore their worlds.

What about the older minds?

After a lifetime of working, raising a family, or caring for a loved one, older adults are looking to have some fun, and the library is one place they can have some. Most adults fifty-five and older don’t fit into the “frail elderly” category. These people are often active, spirited, thoughtful, and engaged. They long for inspiring experiences that encourage their personal curiosity, instill self-confidence in their creative abilities, and provide valuable opportunities to make new friends. Who wouldn’t? Attending readings and performances can be entertaining and culturally enriching; however, these events don’t facilitate personal growth like Creative Aging programs do. Read more | Creative Aging Programs Engage and Inspire

Creative Programming for Older Adults

Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. This time, Jayna Ramsey covers “Introducing the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries—An Online Resource,” held on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m.

Creative Aging at Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Being a fairly new director of a small suburban public library, I was interested in applying for the Creative Aging grant as soon as I heard about it. I have been trying to find ways to increase attendance at our adult programs and make our library more visible to the community at large. We are surrounded by libraries in nearby communities that have larger buildings, collections, and budgets. They also have had a greater variety of adult programming opportunities.

Events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

I hope that many of you are planning to join us in Chicago for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference this summer. The ALA Public Programs Office is hosting several special events which may be of interest to you. Registration for either of these events is available as part of conference registration, or if you’ve already registered for the conference, you can add either of these events by logging in to the ALA Annual Conference registration page.

Creative Aging at Mid-Manhattan Library

Older adults participate in “The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft,” a ten-week Creative Aging program at Mid-Manhattan Library.

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Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Public Library Project

The field of creative aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older adults, and is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to positive aging efforts. As the population of aging Americans steadily increases, libraries are experiencing a growing need for valuable programming to address patron needs and interests.

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