Public Libraries across the country are starting to respond to the size and diversity of the nation’s growing older adult population. They are experimenting with new approaches to serving Boomers and other generations of active older adults, offering job counseling services, health education, housing information, match-ups for community volunteering, financial planning advice and classes in PhotoShop and social media.
Creative Aging programs, or arts education for older adults, are one of the most promising indications of the trend towards “50+ Library Services”. Taught by trained artist-educators, Creative Aging programs reflect new research on older adults that offers evidence for the benefits of skills development and social engagement. Older adults who participate in structured, sequential arts education with peers have lower rates of illness and show fewer signs of the cognitive declines that can occur through social isolation. The also reflect the positive benefits of the sense of accomplishment that comes through creative expression. Continue reading Creative Aging in Libraries Catches On Nationwide