You can’t always be there. But we can.
Are you and your family patrons of your local public library? If you haven’t been to the library lately, you might be surprised at all they have to offer. This is especially true for aging adults. If you are the family caregiver to an elderly parent, you may want to take advantage of National Library Lovers Month this February and find out why so many seniors love the library. With plenty of things to see, learn and do beyond books, the library is a wonderful place for aging adults to spend time every week.
What Do Libraries Offer Seniors?
The purpose of the public library is to meet the needs of every person in the community, and this includes aging adults. While everyone knows that there are all kinds of books at the library, they may not know that now libraries carry ebooks, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs that can all be checked out. This ensures that seniors have access to all kinds of entertainment, and while they may not be the latest releases, there are hundreds if not thousands of classics and modern films, music and more to choose from.
Many libraries also have programs and events scheduled just for seniors, and these often include classes, educational activities, book clubs and public speakers. These usually center on topics of interest for aging adults and encourage socialization between them. The library’s website should feature a calendar that outlines the days and times for all the different things, so family caregivers and home care providers can plan outings accordingly. Libraries are also becoming the place to go for social events and holiday festivities. Other gatherings include book clubs, public speakers, and multi-generational programs.
Help Seniors Get to the Library Regularly
As the family caregiver, you know how hard it is for your elderly loved one to be limited physically by health issues. Not only does it cut into their ability to live independently, but it affects their social lives as well. Seniors with mobility issues often rely on family caregivers and home care providers to help them with daily tasks. It’s even more important for them to have help getting around the town. By attending the library, seniors can socialize, expand their minds, learn new things, support the community and stock up on things to do when they are home again.
National Library Lovers Month is the ideal time to check out what your local library might have in store for your elderly mom or dad. If you want to know anything ahead of time about senior services, a librarian will usually be happy to help out. With so many things to offer the senior community, it’s no wonder that aging adults are some of the library’s biggest fans.