Aging in Place and Retirement Planning

Older couple at home

One of the biggest decisions for older adults is where they will live. Many older adults prefer to age in place in their own neighborhoods and need to evaluate their medical, financial and legal situation in order to make the right choice for themselves. We will look at what kinds of housing options exist and how universal design principles and assistive devices and technologies can make a residence safe and comfortable.

Creative Aging

Man painting on a canvas

Older adults are eager to learn new skills, and we offer free, hands-on arts workshops with teaching artists. You will be able to explore the visual arts, theater, dance, music and writing in a non-judgmental atmosphere and experience the fun of artistic creation.

Dementia-Friendly Libraries

Older person working on a jigsaw puzzle

The number of Washingtonians living with dementia is increasing, and we work to support care partners and care receivers through programs to reduce social isolation and to provide information about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are also growing our collections to include materials for all ages on dementia.  Each June, we celebrate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Employment & Entrepreneurship

People working together

Many people work into their 60s, 70s and even 80s and may face age discrimination in finding new employment or keeping their current jobs. An increasing number of older adults are also starting their own businesses. We offer programs to support job skills and job searching at any age. Our Library to Business team also works with business entrepreneurs in all stages of business development

Healthy Aging

Women doing Tai Chi in the park

Healthy aging and creative aging work in tandem to create a sense of well-being and social engagement. Brain health, disease management and fall prevention are top concerns.  We offer programs on a wide range of topics, including medical insurance, personal health advocacy with health care providers and medication management.  

Resources for 50+

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Find community resources and organizations that offer programs for older adults.

Shelf Talk Blog

Older woman on laptop

Read blog posts by Library staff on aging and connecting older adults with programs and resources.