From the Las Vegas Sun Article:
Ruth Elliott, 92, teaches a parapsychology course to seniors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNLV Paradise campus in Las Vegas. She is the oldest instructor at Osher, a learning program for retirees who want to continue their education.
Some of the most engaged and frequent users of public libraries are over the age of 50. They may also be the most misunderstood. As Baby Boomers continue to swell their ranks, the behavior, interests, and information needs of this demographic have changed dramatically, and Schull’s new book offers the keys to reshaping library services for the new generations of active older adults. A must-read for library educators, library directors, and any information professional working in a community setting, this important book
- Analyzes key societal trends, such as longer lifespans and improved population health, and their implications for libraries’ work with this demographic
- Profiles Leading-Edge States and Beacon Libraries from across the nation at the forefront of institutional change
- Discusses issues such as creativity, health, financial literacy, life planning, and intergenerational activities from the 50+ perspective, while showing how libraries can position themselves as essential centers for learning, encore careers, and community engagement
- Spotlights best practices that can be adapted for any setting, including samples of hundreds of projects and proposals that illustrate new approaches to 50+ policies, staffing, programs, services, partnerships, and communications
The wisdom and insight contained in this book can help make the library a center for positive aging.
In this article, Lisa Ortega-Pol, Museum Educator at the Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR Museum), shares the overwhelming response she has received from the 55+ community there after the museum launched a creative writing workshop last year, as part of Aroha’s Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums Initiative.
In this article, The Denver Public Library announces that it will begin running Creative Aging programs for its older adult community, funded by the NextFifty initiative, a Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding innovative, mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.
Paper describes a long-term ethnography of an adult creative writing class in a major urban art gallery in the UK. It examines the validity of prevailing theories of learning in later life that advocate reminiscence writing a valuable for older adults. The author argues that the value of creative writing for the individuals studied lies in the fact that it is relational (not individual) and a means of being in the present — thereby contradicting traditional concepts about older people as primarily retrospective and the importance of reminiscence in older adult learning.
Exploring Creativity in a Health Promotion Practice concerning older adults in a Community-Based Professionally Taught Arts Program. Results of this new study supported and expanded our earlier model of improved psychosocial and mental well-being due to creative engagement: impact of class-cognitive focus and outcome of class-cognitive focus, happiness as component of mental and social well-being due to creative engagement, and robust sense of calmness during the creative process.