AARP Foundation and Library Join Forces to Help District Residents 50 and Older

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AARP Foundation and Library Join Forces to Help District Residents 50 and Older

Volunteer support and informational workshops address common concerns

For many Americans 50 and older, uncertainty is the new normal.  Now more than ever, older adults are often having to balance work, home and family and may be unsure of where to turn to find resources and support. In the District, a pilot partnership between the DC Public Library and AARP Foundation launched today to help older adults connect to important resources and get advice and assistance from trained volunteers; all while socializing with their neighbors.

The project, called the 50+ Program Series, will run for 8 weeks and take place at the Anacostia and Lamond-Riggs libraries.  Informational workshops will be held three days each week and be staffed by volunteers who can guide customers to relevant AARP Foundation, library and social services like pre-screening for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Volunteers are also available to help connect customers to accurate information on topics like financial education and to learning opportunities like computer training.

In addition to the informational workshops, AARP Foundation speakers and library-led programs will show attendees how:
  • to take job hunting to the next level using tips, advice, worksheets and computer-based job search strategies for midlife career changers.
  • technological advances can help people with low vision and hearing impairments read or listen to books.
  • to hone smart money habits like budgeting and goal setting; taking charge of credit and debt; developing a savings plan and protecting your assets.
  • emerging technologies like micro-controllers and 3-D Printers are expanding what can be done at a library.
  • to preserve physical objects such as letters and photographs to be passed from generation to generation.
  • to ensure that grandchildren are developing essential pre-reading skills.

The program will run until December 13 on the following schedule:
  • Anacostia Library; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-4 p.m.; Fridays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lamond-Riggs Library; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1-5 p.m.
For full program descriptions, visit http://www.dclibrary.org/50plus

The 50+ Program Series is made possible through support from AARP Foundation and DC Public Library Foundation.

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ABOUT AARP FOUNDATION
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org