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Serving Forgotten Patrons: Libraries in the Fight Against Alzheimer's Dementia
Patron Awareness, Programming and Customer Service
Alzheimer’s dementia already affects more than 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States; all predictions are for even more rapid spread as the Baby Boomers age. Libraries in many cases have been slow to consider how specifically to serve this growing population among our users, and how to serve the even-larger group of those caring for people with dementia. But there are concrete services we can offer, and positive effects we can have on these patrons.
Review the Alzheimer’s epidemic
Review current medical research into brain-healthy lifestyles
Review a variety of innovative responses in library programming dedicated to those living with Alzheimer’s and their care givers
Timothy J. Dickey is an adult public service Librarian with the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and a library science educator teaching reference, research methods, and library technology for the faculties of Kent State University and San José State University. Prior to these positions, he assisted Lynn Silipigni Connaway at the OCLC Office of Research, specializing in user studies and data mining research. Timothy has taught workshops on various topics for the American Library Association's eLearning division, and also brings his personal experience as an Alzheimer’s caregiver to this topic.