Supporting Older Adult Community Members This Winter
As the winter approaches, your local librarians encourage you and your family to reach out to our older community members. According to recent studies, not only are older adults at a higher risk for infection or death due to the coronavirus, but social isolation has led to nearly one in every four adults aged 64+ reporting feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression.
To help you better interact in safe ways with older adults outside of your immediate household, the Tomah Public Library has created senior activity kits, and is providing giveaways for seniors and caregivers this holiday season and throughout the winter. To learn more about Senior Connections programming, giveaways, and services your library is providing this winter, visit tomahpubliclibrary.org
How can you safely reach out to the older adults in your life? Our librarians have some ideas for you! Here are some examples and ways your local library can help:
Please remind library users you know who are used to taking advantage of in-person library services that library staff is available for online or phone support, readers’ advisory, and other virtual or contactless services. Although some library services and hours may be temporarily limited, the staff at the Tomah Library is working to meet the needs of community members in all sorts of creative ways.
Thank you to Bader Philanthropies, Inc., for their sponsorship of Senior Connections library programming this winter. Bader Philanthropies, located in Milwaukee, serves communities across the state, supporting initiatives that help older adults stay safe, healthy, and independent, and creating opportunities for older adults to learn and use technology in order to stay connected with family and friends.
Let us spread kindness and compassion this winter! For information about borrowing a Senior Connection Kit, picking up an activity or giveaway, or for details about Senior Connections programming and services at your nearest library, visit us at tomahpubliclibrary.org
For information about getting a library card or getting a library card in not-so-good standing back into good standing, please call the library at 608-374-7470 or email email@example.com. We’re here to help you find your perfect book, or just to lend an attentive ear.