Creative Aging Programs

Work created during a storytelling and collage workshop taught by Dave Johnson at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. (Photo credit: Herb Scher)
Part of a work created during a storytelling and collage workshop taught by Dave Johnson at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. (Photo credit: David Kumin)

Creative aging programs are an important service category for libraries that are attempting to enrich or expand their offerings for older adults.

  • They offer promising models for meeting older adult needs for skills mastery and self expression, and
  • they succeed in breaking down the chronic isolation and passive existence of many older adults as they unlock expressive abilities.
  • They also help establish the library as a hub for older adult creativity, learning and community engagement.

Delve into Creative Aging

The Creative Aging section of the toolkit provides a complete overview of the concept, the Theory & Practice of it, Programming Models within Libraries, and Models for Other Organizations.