Libraries are perhaps one of the most valuable, yet underutilized public institutions in our country. Although a recent Pew study determined millennials as the most likely to use public libraries, seniors can especially benefit from all that their local library has to offer. Read our article to discover a few things seniors can enjoy at the library:
Books and Information
Libraries are hubs of information, which serve as the perfect place for lifelong learning. Seniors can access a wealth of information on a wide range of topics, through digital or print encyclopedias. For older adults, cognitive stimulation is exceptionally important in daily life. Fortunately, reading is a pleasant and effortless opportunity to stay mentally sharp. Whether it’s a new interest or one that’s already been mastered, there’s always uncharted territory to be explored. With more books than anyone could read in a lifetime, seniors can escape to new worlds of their literary choosing.
Comfortable, Useful Facilities
In addition to access to books, libraries can offer seniors some much-needed access to computer labs and printers that can be used to fill out medical or federal forms, or simply connecting with loved ones through social media or email. Air conditioned in the summertime and heated in the winter months, libraries are comfortable and cozy enough for visitors to spend hours on end, no matter the time of year. In addition to tables, most libraries are decorated with plants and comfortable chairs, all of which help to create a peaceful atmosphere where seniors can feel relaxed.
Classes and Social Engagement
Though reading is largely regarded as a solo activity, libraries can be a great for social engagement that keeps seniors emotionally healthy. Libraries across the nation offer workshops and classes for all ages, with some being specifically designed to accommodate seniors with technology classes and more. Some libraries even coordinate programs with nursing homes and senior living communities to ensure common issues like limited transportation or physical mobility don’t keep seniors from enjoying all the library has to offer.
These are just some of the many wonderful things about the library seniors can take advantage of!
To sign up for a library card, visit your local library or search your local library’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) online for more information on how to register for a library card.
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