webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 18, 2016
Hosted by:
1 hour

Does your library offer technology assistance to older adults? Do you teach computer classes for seniors? Are patrons bringing in tablets and other devices that have been given to them by grandchildren? Recent research from the Pew Institute shows that only 59% of older adults go online. New technologies can be difficult to learn, and older adults may not understand the benefits of using technology. But libraries can help older adults adopt technology in meaningful ways for communication, lifelong learning, and entertainment.

Join us for this free webinar to learn how your library can help older adults learn to use new technologies. You will hear from the St. Mary's County Library (Maryland), which is providing older adults with effective training and technology assistance. This library will share examples of successful programming, as well as tips for working with older adults. You will also learn about TechBoomers, a free website that offers technology training tutorials developed specifically for older adults. Come hear examples of how this site is being used by libraries to supplement programs and services, and to help increase staff’s confidence in being able to help patrons.

Presented by: Steve Black and Kathy Faubion

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 29, 2018
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Walk into almost any public library and you’ll see people of all ages engaging in the community space. When libraries offer programs and services that intentionally spark connection between generations, they contribute to more vibrant and cohesive communities. Learn how your library can develop inviting opportunities to encourage more intergenerational connections on a day-to day basis. This webinar will discuss why intergenerational relationships are important and will help you develop skills to foster intergenerational communication in your library. We’ll explore ideas and resources that will turn your library into a community intergenerational catalyst.

Presented by: Jennifer Kulik and Wendy Pender

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date March 28, 2019
Hosted by: Infopeople, as part of the California State Library Mental Health Initiative webinar series, Where Compassion Meets Action
Length: 1 hour

The Administration on Aging projects that in 2030, 72.1 million people 65 years or older will live in our country, more than twice the number in 2000. The Alzheimer’s Association also reports that more than five million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease, and that this number could boom as high as sixteen million in 2050. How does this growing demographic affect libraries, and what library services and programming can we provide to target this population? In this webinar, David J. Kelsey and Lynda Spraner of the St. Charles Public Library’s Outreach Services Team, share how they developed all original older adult programming with an emphasis on education, engagement, stimulating the senses, incorporating technology, and having fun. Their team presents more than twenty-five programs a month that reach over three hundred older adults. They discuss how to discover and develop ideas to better serve this growing demographic, no matter the library, community, or budget.

Presented by: David J. Kelsey and Lynda Spraner

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date December 7, 2022
Hosted by: WebJunction and ALA's  Library Services for Dementia/Alzheimer’s Interest Group
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Research shows that many people living with dementia can still read and benefit from using a wide variety of library materials. Join this webinar to hear practical advice on choosing reading materials uniquely suited to each individual, following the tenets of person-centered care. Presenters will share simple ways to create more dementia-friendly libraries and provide examples of literacy activities and programs hosted at libraries and memory cafes around the world, including oral reading, browsing through books, singing, choral reading of poetry, and word games. Previously held misconceptions will dissolve when you see how libraries of all sizes can positively impact people living with dementia.

Presented by: Mary Beth Riedner and Tami Hurst

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 8, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

With longer life expectancy and increasing diversity, older adults are reinventing aging and changing perceptions of their demographic. It’s time to rethink how our libraries serve this important and growing segment of our patron base. This webinar will focus on trends and impacts of the aging population, and will share creative strategies for library staff to meet the evolving needs of older adults in a changing world.

Presented by: Wendy Pender

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date July 26, 2018
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Patrons' financial interests and questions often highlight the complexity that an aging America faces as individuals transition to their golden years. Issues such as how much to save for retirement, protecting ourselves and our families from fraud, and helping loved ones manage their assets can be daunting for library staff tasked with directing patrons to reliable information. This webinar explores free resources provided by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) that can help consumers navigate some of these complexities. You’ll also hear about programming and resources from the Kansas City Public Library that help patrons as they near their retirement years—valuable information for you and your patrons!

Presented by:Tamara Sieckman and Kim Gile