ERIC Number: ED215289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Libraries: Aids to Life Satisfaction for Older Women. A 1981 White House Conference on the Aging Background Paper.
This report discusses the ability of public libraries to address the problems of older Americans, particularly older women, and to make their lives more satisfying. A review of facts and figures about the older population is followed by a discussion of programs and responses to the needs of older Americans by libraries and other agencies, such as Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, services to the homebound, and information and referral services. A historical look at library services for the elderly is provided, characteristics of such services are described, and suggestions for program development and improvement are given. Several library programs for the elderly are described, classified by the geographic location of the library system which provides support. The next section on perceptions of aging reviews research, studies, and opinions which confirm the lack of a typical old age or reaction to aging. The final section discusses recommendations for libraries and lists 10 areas that should be considered in developing new library programs and activities for the older population. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Libraries and Learning Technologies (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Aging, Washington, DC.