Archive for November, 2007

Love in Later Life

While issues of lifelong learning, civic engagement, and retirement are prominent in discussions of productive aging for Boomers, the emotional side of aging is often ignored, although often unintentionally.  Last week’s New York Times featured an important and touching article entitled “Love in the Time of Dementia.”  Although the article focuses on personal and intimate relationships as affected by dementia, it also features insights on how the dynamics of love relationships may change as we age. 

While these topics may not be popular or easy to discuss, what resources are provided by your library concerning love and dating in later life?  How have you seen emotional issues such as the ones addressed in the above article play out among your library patrons?

November 27, 2007 at 2:05 am 3 comments

Wall Street Journal Special Retirement Section

This Saturday’s Wall Street Journal featured a special retirement section entitled “Encore.”  The section is an outgrowth of WSJ’s regular retirement column.  The section’s front page article is “The Baby Boomers Guide to Social Security” which highlights social security calculators, strategies and information for the almost 78 million Baby Boomers approaching eligibility next year.  Although the majority of the section is only available to WSJ Online subscribers, the aforementioned article and an interview with Marc Freedman, author of the recent book Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, are available to all viewers. 

Given the Social Security guide cover story, what resources, reference tools, or programs are your libraries preparing for local Baby Boomers?

November 19, 2007 at 8:58 pm 3 comments

New Resource for LGBT Boomers

The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) has released a tip sheet for LGBT Baby Boomers.  The tips range from legal advice, to housing, to health care issues.  The tips are listed in this article on HealthNewsDigest.com.  The motivation for the tip sheet came from the 2006 report Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers.  Out and Aging is the first publication to survey LGBT older adults. 

With the recent attention to LGBT Boomer issues, as evidenced by this recent Lifelong blog post and NY Times article, has your library or community begun to recognize the diversity of groups with the umbrella term “Baby Boomers?” 

November 9, 2007 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

Health Literacy Resource for Older Adults

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a new guide for people who serve older adults on health and aging issues. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults includes background information on health literacy and strategies for communicating with older adults about health, as well as examples of health literacy best practices. HHS cites the following as important reasons to be aware of the health literacy needs of older adults:

  • Health outcomes are related to health literacy.

  • As many as 80 percent of older Americans have at least one chronic health condition. The more health conditions people have, the more they need to navigate the health care system and interpret complex health information.

  • Literacy problems will not always be obvious to you. Some people hide their problem out of shame, or they may not recognize the difficulty they have with reading.

Click here to find out more and download the guide.

November 2, 2007 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment


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