We offer programs for adults 50+ to learn how to age well and plan for retirement. Our programs are organized around five key themes of life over 50.
Aging in Place and Retirement Planning
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.
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.
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
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 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.