Burlington Public Library – $8,000 (Grow Grant)
Active Aging with the Library
Burlington is an aging city with 19.3% of citizens age 65 and older, according to the last census. This is expected to be the fastest growing demographic in the City of Burlington as identified in the 2017-2018 Vital Signs Report.
This program will assist older adults in their aging journey as well as help them to stay connected with family, friends and the world at large as technology for communication and information evolves. In addition, it may provide much needed skills for those seniors in the community who are looking for employment in later life and need to refresh their technology skills or need assistance to create a digital resume.
In working with community partners as well as older adults using Burlington Public Library’s services, this project will train staff to effectively serve and design programs for seniors, increase programming to encourage social inclusion, access to information, and digital literacy among seniors, and build the Library’s lending collection of “Cognitive Care Kits” and resources on aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.