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What Do Older Patrons Need?: Understanding Creative Wellbeing in Later Life

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register for this one-hour webinar.

(A recording will be available under the CALL Academy People Connect Institute category one week after delivery)

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

Presented by :: Jon Kay

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.

CALL-SPONSORED: This webinar is sponsored by CALL for California library staff. Register to attend live or visit the CALL Academy one week after delivery for a recording.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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