Meeting of the minds to discuss programs and services libraries offer to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association projects that by 2025, there will be an estimated 7.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease - a 40% increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015.
Libraries and librarians need to ask themselves:
1) How does this increasing demographic affect our library and community?
2) How do we serve this growing population?
The group of librarians, managers, and support staff are dedicated to bringing services and information together to meet the unique needs of serving the caregivers and those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's. We meet to share programming ideas, collection development ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations.
*what libraries are currently offering to those with dementia
*possible library programs and services to those with dementia
*sharing experiences about how we can or how we already serve this population
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at RAILS Burr Ridge Main Meeting Room and as a RAILS Live Video webinar. Log in to the L2 to register: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=23769
Friday, May 5, 2017 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. https://www.ila.org/event/1/158/reaching-forward-conference
Fridays from 10am-12pm four times per year. Register on the L2.
Meeting Dates and Locations:
January 13, 2017 – White Oak Library District, Romeoville Branch, 201 Normantown Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446, #815-552-4247. Contact: Tina Williams.
July 28, 2017 – St. Charles Public Library, One South Sixth Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174, #630-549-8969. Contact: David Kelsey.
Efforts In Action: Opportunities to see efforts to reaching this population in action. Register on the L2.
April 28, 2017 – Gail Borden Public Library, Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120. Contact: Tracey Degnan #847-289-5845.
TBD 2017 – Aurora Public Library, 101 S River St, Aurora, IL 60506. Contact: Kathleen Butzen.
Our Serving Patrons with Dementia group will have a presentation during the B'LONG mini-conference & bookmobile round-up. Make sure to stop by The Parker Garden, located on the west side Santori Public Library, that offers a safe haven for people with memory loss and their caregivers.
Email Tina Williams and David Kelsey.
This group has an email list. To subscribe to the RAILS Outreach list, log into the RAILS website and visit https://www.railslibraries.info/membership/email-lists.
We encourage further discussion on the other listserves.
We will be working with the Alzheimer's Association http://www.alz.org/ and IGARD http://www.ala.org/ascla/interestgroups/igard. We encourage you to sign up for the national conversation on this important topic (free) through IGARD's listserv. Mary Beth Riedner will share her expertise and update us in regard to her efforts in working with IGARD. Our group has been added to ALA-ALSCA website for Best Practices too. Our group also works with the Dementia Friendly organization http://www.dfamerica.org/.
We encourage you to work with Outreach Services staff and organizations.
National organization, ABOS http://abos-outreach.com
RAILS group, B'LONG https://www.railslibraries.info/community/groups/bookmobile-and-library-outreach-networking-group.