on March 12, 2020 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: On the Go with Senior Services

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Originally presented March 11, 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.

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.

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.


To download the slides from Phyllis's presentation, click here:

On the Go with Senior Services.pptx

This is one of a series of Niche Academy Webinars 

Phyllis Goodman

Phyllis Goodman is a recently retired librarian who has worked more than twenty-five years in library services and education. Goodman took a special interest in senior programming in her last position as adult services librarian, when asked to provide programming for seniors who were not able to visit the library.  Finding programming resources scarce she created many programs from scratch. She conducted staff training, served on the reader’s advisory committee, and contributed to the library blog. Her first book, On the Go with Senior Services:  Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place is the result of her work and conversations with other librarians doing outreach for older adults.

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