Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer's

Monday, 10/22/2018 - Friday, 11/16/2018

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. 

This course 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 students' own institutions. 


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the burgeoning growth of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • Articulate the impact of the disease on two major library user groups, sufferers and caregivers
  • Survey the range of library resources available to assist patrons in these two user groups
  • Evaluate innovative examples of library programming for dementia sufferers and their caregivers

Who Should Attend

This course will be of value to public librarians of all ranks: Adult Services Librarians, Public Services Managers, and Health Librarians in particulare


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. 



  • $130 for ASCLA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration 

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at Learn more about Moodle at


Continuing Education Credit- A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of each course.

Although these courses are not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept them for credit. Requirements vary by state and school districts regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. 


Questions about registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!