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What Do Older Patrons Need?:  Understanding Creative Wellbeing in Later Life (PCI Webinar)

What Do Older Patrons Need?: Understanding Creative Wellbeing in Later Life (PCI Webinar) Online

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have contracted with PCI Webinars to provide our members with access to their live webinars.  These webinars are free to MLS members who register through our calendar.  Because we are working with an outside vendor, it is important that you cancel your registration in the event that you are unable to attend the live webinar.  A recording of the webinar will be available on the PCI Webinars Niche Academy website about a week after the live webinar.  If you have any issues registering or signing into the PCI Webinars Niche Academy website, please let us know.  Please do not contact PCI Webinars or Niche Academy directly about their live webinars or webinar recordings.

People over the age of sixty-five now outnumber those under the age of five for the first time in human history. Nevertheless, more older adults suffer from feelings of loneliness, boredom, and helplessness. However, older adults who maintain or adopt an art or music making practice often experience greater satisfaction in their lives.

This webinar is ideal for those who serve older patrons to understand their needs and how libraries can better serve them.

In this interactive and informative program, attendees will learn:

  • how the arts support the wellbeing of older adults
  • how creative practices increases social engagement in later life
  • how art and music making supports intergenerational bonds
  • how creative endeavors provide elders with a sense of purpose

Jon Kay ~ Biography

Jon Kay directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University, where he also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers (2016), and the edited volume The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging (2018). He is the lead author of Memory, Art, and Aging: A Resource and Activity Guide (2020). Kay has produced more than sixty exhibitions, and thirty documentary films on a range of arts related topics. In 2020, he was awarded a Bicentennial Medal for his service to Indiana University.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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