Memory Care and Technology: Innovative Ideas to Reach Senior and Alzheimer’s Communities

Memory Care and Technology PLA On-Demand Webinar imageCome learn about an exciting and unique program developed by staff at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries to impact an often forgotten segment of the community—those suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Working with a senior center program director, Erin Buerk and Erin Kelsey developed a special program to expose the center residents to new technology and stimulate their minds and memory by playing games on library iPads. The successful effort was a great way to interact with a wonderful segment of the community so deserving of fun and engagement.

This archived webinar was originally presented January 14, 2015.

Running time: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Know how to provide program experiences for memory impaired and Alzheimer’s patients;
  • Have ideas to promote this program to senior centers in their community; and
  • Have some tips and tricks for thoughtfully choosing age-appropriate apps and games to encourage brain stimulation and fun.

Who Should Attend

Public library staff, outreach coordinators, and community program directors.

This webinar is intended for those of all levels of programming and technology knowledge.


Erin BuerkErin Buerk is an adult services library associate at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries. She provides programming to all adult patrons but particularly enjoys providing assistance and programming to the 55 and up crowd. Her love of the geriatric-set knows no bounds and she truly believes any day now one of her favorite older patrons will invite her over for a root beer float and a Golden Girls marathon. She hopes so, anyway. Erin is the mother of two little book fanatics who think every day is Christmas morning because she brings so many books home from the library. She has the best job ever. Erin received her MLIS from the University of Denver in 2006.


Erin KelseyErin Kelsey is a lead librarian at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries. She works in both youth and adult services and organizes many of the technology programs for patrons and staff. Erin attributes her love of reading and passion for libraries to her grandma who was an avid reader and technology user before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She likes to channel her grandma when assisting older patrons so she remembers to smile, exhibit patience, and hopefully put them at ease. Erin is a new mom to six-month old Atticus who loves to read (of course!) and blow drool bubbles. She received her MLIS from Kent State University in 2009.




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