Library Services for Seniors

In addition to the one-to-one counseling services offered at area libraries – Senior Benefits Information Centers (<– click the link for the current site schedule and contact information), a variety of programs and resources are provided by both the library system and local libraries.

SERVICES

Westchester Seniors Out Speaking – educational presentations and counseling – WLS’ Westchester Seniors Out Speaking provides information on Medicare and related services in venues throughout the county.  Our calendar of presentations, schedule of counseling locations, and contact information is located here.


Music and Memory at the Library –  Do you have a friend or family member living at home with Dementia or Alzheimers? The nationally recognized Music and Memory program  uses music in the care plan of nursing home residents living with memory problems.  Music triggers long-term memories which results in increased compliance with the activities of daily living and less stress for everyone involved.  Our program shows how you can do this at home.

To learn more, schedule an orientation which reviews the impact of music on those with Dementia or Alzheimers, explains the key principles for music selection, provides a hands-on demonstration with the recommended equipment (Apple Shuffle and over the ear headphones), and offers a tutorial on how to import music onto the music player through iTunes and Freegal.

For information on scheduling an orientation, go to our page which has the program guide and flyer. Or contact the WLS Outreach Services Assistant at 914-231-3237 or email musicandmemory@wlsmail.org.


Library Homebound Services – Many libraries provide homebound book delivery services.  Each uses a different approach, ranging from staff and/or volunteer deliveries to collaborations with meal delivery services.  Find out more by contacting a participating your local library.  A full list of contacts is located here.


Library programs – year ’round.  Libraries offer a robust set of programs – from arts instruction to book discussions and computer classes.  Call your local library or visit their web site to find out what is coming up in your community.


RESOURCES

WestchesterLibraries.org – is your gateway to the resources available at all 38 member libraries in the Westchester Library System.  In addition to the catalog, materials are available for download (ebooks, audio books, and music), research, and online learning. Visit our web site or click here for a flyer describing lifelong learning resources for adults.

Senior Law Day – an annual event that offers free, one-on-one, 15-minute consultations with attorneys and financial planners. This is your opportunity to learn and to meet with experts who offer free advice on important, and sometimes not-so-easy to discuss Elder law topics such as housing options, wills vs. trusts, ways to pay for long-term care, and how to put your estate in order. Visit seniorlawday.info to view upcoming events and presentations!

Making materials available in LARGE PRINT – A flyer that serves as a model and information resource for making information available in large print.

Serving Patrons with Physical Disabilities – A resource list of national organizations.

Information and online resources for seniors provided by the University of Illinois: