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Alessio Workshop: Building Great Programs for Seniors

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Alessio Workshop: Building Great Programs for Seniors

  1. 1. * Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  2. 2. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Revisit what topics interest today’s seniors and why *Review 35+ program topic trends and ideas to replicate or *To expand into clubs *Highlight elements of clubs or recurring events
  3. 3. Today’s Seniors Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  4. 4. *Characteristics: Perseverance in face of adversity Courageousness Frugal spending habits Traditional values * Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  5. 5. *Eat it up *Wear it out *Make it do *Or do without Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
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  7. 7. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Independent *Competitive *More open-minded social values *Focused on health and wellness *Values individuality
  8. 8. * • Coffee bar • Collection including puzzles, gadgets • Programs Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  9. 9. * Thunder Bay PL, Canada Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  10. 10. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Social Opportunities *Education *Entertainment *Assistance and Training *Resources *No or Low Cost Services *Independence
  11. 11. *Realistic timeline for staff while retaining interest: monthly, weekly, quarterly *Duplicate club during day and evening (Don’t recreate the wheel.) *Multi-generational *Streamlined registration *Welcome new folks, easy to participate *Rotate leaders or project leaders “Club Connection Slides” Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  12. 12. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Fits lots of requirements from previous page *Maybe a younger Friends group is needed also *Can fund senior programs or special events *Should have its own special events/rewards *Train library volunteers *May have to end and restart periodically as members change
  13. 13. * Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio Non-binding registration Microphones Visibility (even subtitles) Lighting Short handouts Time for sharing Early seating Reminders for upcoming events
  14. 14. * No fines * Punchcards for fines, bonus materials, extensions * Discounts for trips, events * Technology drop ins * Appointments for extra help or designated times * Repeating popular events Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *
  15. 15. * *Partnerships with hospitals, health departments, agencies *Screenings and drives *Information and resources *Medicare *Showing people how to look up medicines *Housing funding Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  16. 16. * *Health Fair: gyms, simple screenings, demonstrations of classes *Self-Defense *Wellness and Healthy Living *Grocery Stores: new food choices *No Sweat Sugar Free *Couponing *Mental Health: stages of grief, holiday stress Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  17. 17. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Microwave magic (also good for new adults) *Four ingredient recipes *$5 dinners *Super salads & soups *Ethnic foods and history *Restaurant festivals
  18. 18. * Internet and phone scams * Basic self-defense * Travel safety – international and domestic * Identity and password safety Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *
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  20. 20. * *Organizations to help Age in Place *Information on Hospice *Representatives from Day Programs *Organizations with Senior Programs *Housing Representatives *Veteran Benefit Speakers Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
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  22. 22. * Selling Online Antiques Expert Fair By Theme: Books, Jewelry, Glassware Presentation on Values of Popular Items by Decade Display of Items with Resources Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  23. 23. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *Oldest cookbook Oldest recipe Ribbon or trophy Letter Photo/Polaroid Prom Picture
  24. 24. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Fashion *Food *Music *Books, movies or TV from that time or set in that time *Videos of dance steps *Photos *Memories *Trivia Contests
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  27. 27. * Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio • Electronic library resources and downloadables • E-readers changing print size • Simple photo and movie editing from phones • Help with gadgets
  28. 28. * *Small Class Sizes *Tip Sheets *Hands On *Follow Up *Social Support/Encouragement *Individualized Attention Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  29. 29. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Setting up Goodreads shelves, other social media *New library technologies: 3-D printer, downloadables *Test gadgets or services for other seniors
  30. 30. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Prizes for completing or entering *Online chat with reference *Downloadable app – show staff *Sign up for program *Link to library social media *Put item on reserve online, or online search *Use online databases *Download ebook or audio book
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  32. 32. *State Department on Aging *Spousal Impoverishment *Illinois Family Caregiver Support *Grandparents Raising Grandchildren *Basic Overview of Types of Retirement Accounts Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  33. 33. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * • Not Just in November • Collect Photos, Memorabilia • Veterans Benefits, Spouses • Records of What Units from Area Were in Each Major Conflict Including Civil War
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  35. 35. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *AARP Card discounts *Feature Chamber businesses with senior promotions *Senior business fair *Travel and transportation for less handout in summer or around holidays
  36. 36. * Part-Time or Volunteer Opportunities Resume Writing, Tips Job Hunting Computer and Social Media Training Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  37. 37. * *Four Weeks *Presentation on Each Department *Quick Trainings *Fun Handouts *Based on Community Police Academy What do you wish more of the public knew about? Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  38. 38. *Gaming Night *Reading Night *Healthy Snacks *Movie Nights *Crafts *Special Events *Day Trips or Free Tickets to Museums * Grandparents Raising Children Groups * Materials on State Support * Family Programs * School Readiness * College Application Process Support * Financial Aid or Family Finance Workshops at Same Time as Kids’ Events Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *
  39. 39. * • Family Recipe Scrapbooking • Worksheet and presentation to trigger memories • Pass on all traditions, especially ethnic ones • Easy binder and page protector recipe albums • Apron Decoration
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  41. 41. * *Retro Recipe Exchange *Jello *Vintage Holiday Foods *Classic Chicago Candies *Desserts by the Decade *Vintage Tea Parties *Kolackies and More *Apple Pie and History of Harvest Foods Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  42. 42. * Flower Loom * Quilling * Pom Poms (think roller skates) * Macrame (but no plant hangers) * String Art * Woven Barrettes * Fascinators *Scrapbooking *Knitting/Crochet *Quilting *Computer Crafting: printing transfers *3-D Paper Crafts, origami, ornaments *Terrariums Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *
  43. 43. * • Cards for Senior Centers, Veterans • Knotting Blankets • Knitting/Crocheting: clothing, blankets, squares for blankets • Blankets for Animal Shelters • Sell or Raffle Items for Charity Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
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  45. 45. * *Memoirs *Calligraphy *Journaling *Basic Blogging *Website Creation *Non-fiction Writing *Query Process *Magazines Seeking Senior Stories: Reminisce *Self-Publishing *Book Talk on Writing Craft Books Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  46. 46. * Festival * Connected to Dates: Elvis’ Birthday * Summer or Outdoor Programs * Beatles’ Tribute Bands, Civil War Music, Renaissance * Big Bands * High School Musicians * Veterans and Memorial Day Events * Local Trips for Concerts *Preview Upcoming Seasons *Teach dance steps for classic steps *Victory Tea or Prom for Seniors *Demonstrations with Music from Professionals *Ethnic Dance Groups Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio *
  47. 47. * • Academy Award Winners: history, show one from each decade • Academy Award Party • Family Movie Nights • Hollywood Trivia • Film Discussion Group • Foreign Films Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio
  48. 48. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *50 Shades of Racy Reading *Sweet Reads w/Cupcake Decorating *Crafty Reads *Delicious Reads *Forgotten Reads or Shocking Reads *Novel Bites: Book Club Food Suggestions *Edgy and Sexy Reads
  49. 49. Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio * *Easy lending, registration *Flexibility in choices, themes *Skype with authors *Books set in past, even children’s *Non-fiction *Play audio
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  51. 51. * Time? Space? Funding? Building Great Programs for Seniors Amy Alessio

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