5-Star Programming and Services for Your 55+ Library by Barbara T. Mates

By Barbara T. Mates

5-Star Programming and prone to your fifty five+ Library consumers (Ala Programming publications)

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Sturdy, nontipping chairs have been added. ✓ A large monitor (at least fifteen inches), adaptive software, and large-print key tops have been installed. ✓ Mouse alternatives have been added. ✓ An electronic magnifier (CCTV) has been installed. ✓ Items such as pocket talkers, signature guides, chunky pens, handheld magnifiers, reachers, and so forth have been purchased. ✓ Meeting rooms are accessible and provide an atmosphere conducive to people with hearing impairments. ✓ The library’s website meets accessibility guidelines.

Some of the residents may feel abandoned and disoriented. Staff whose jobs include outreach to seniors in nursing homes should be aware that it may be necessary to give a sense of time and place in addition to providing library services. They should be aware that many residents of nursing homes are still sharp and can be reached. Serving Older Patrons with Low Literacy and Language Skills Staff should remember that both the United States and Canada saw great immigration during the twentieth century.

Some people with low vision will probably be more comfortable using a wheelchair, while those who travel independently will prefer a scooter. Libraries Helping Seniors at Home It was previously mentioned that the library should consider loaning accessibility devices to seniors. The King County Library (Washington) and Lee County Library (Florida) Systems, as well as other libraries, Special Needs within the Older Generation 25 have had successful loan projects in place for several years, and others, for example, the Medina County District Library (Ohio), loan magnifiers.

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