Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer's
For Immediate Release
Program Officer-Continuing Education
American Library Association ASGLCA/RUSA
Alzheimer's disease already affects more than 5 million Americans, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States: all predictions are for even more rapid spread as the Baby Boomers age. Yet libraries in many cases have been slow to consider how specifically to serve this growing population among our users, and how to serve the even-larger group of those caring for people with dementia.
The course "Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer's" brought to you by the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Associations will cover the basics of Alzheimer's and related dementias, including the variety of specific needs those living with the disease might bring to a library: medical, legal, financial, ethical, and emotional. We will evaluate traditional library information resources relating to those needs, consider a bibliography of fictional and memoir resources that explore the caregiving experience, and examine some innovative examples of adult programming dedicated to those living with Alzheimer's The course will conclude with brainstorming and review of potential new library services for the student's own institutions.
The instructor, Timothy J. Dickey, is an adult public service librarian with the nationally-acclaimed Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and a library science educator teaching reference, research methods, and library technology, for the faculties of Kent State University and San Jose State University.
The four-week course begins on Monday, October 28, 2019. Click here to register today!