Serving Patrons with Dementia Group

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.

Topics include:

*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


Meetings: Fridays from 10am-12pm four times per year. Register on the L2.

Meeting Dates and Locations: TBD

Efforts In Action: TBD
Opportunities to see efforts to reaching this population in action. Register on the L2.


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

We encourage further discussion on the other listserves.

We will be working with the Alzheimer's Association and 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

We encourage you to work with Outreach Services staff and organizations.
National organization, ABOS

Library Types: 
Customer Service
Library Programming
Member Networking Group
Readers Advisory
Services to Special Populations
Geographical Area: 
Burr Ridge