Library Services for Older Adults

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Library Services for Older Adults


San Diego Public Library values our older patrons and is proud to provide a place to gather and socialize with community members of all ages. The library regularly hosts programming tailored to the needs of older patrons and provides a wealth of resources on healthy and happy aging. 

 

Featured Events

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A woman in a pink shirt and gray pants sits on a folding chair and lifts her hands up and to the right in a stretch.

 

Instructors from Silver Age Yoga will be leading a class designed so that seniors can safely participate at their level of comfort, utilizing chairs. No registration required; limit is 25 based on first-come, first-serve basis.


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Stay Sharp with Board Games
Monday, January 8, 2024 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Carmel Valley Library

Feeling forgetful? Preserving your mental abilities as you get older is easier than you might think — and it can even be fun. Stimulating your mind by playing games and learning new skills can help keep your brain healthy as you age. Join us on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room for board games. Adults of all ages are welcome!


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Upcoming Events

Qi Gong

Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults


Memory Kits

Family, friends and care-givers across all generations can enjoy stimulating conversations & quality time with these fun, take-home games! Find the following at each branch, and more!

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Conversation Card Games 
Available in a “Hobbies” or “Jobs” category. Each game ignites lively conversation and debate around each category. This game challenges players to share differences, commonalities, and opinions.

 

A white DVD case and DVD with ”Remembering the 1960s” in retro pink, orange and purple letters with tie dye background and a cartoon hippie.

Favorite Things 
Available in a “Remember the 1950s” or “Remember the 1960s” kit. Each kit includes a DVD that brings together a collection of everything from that decade, photo cards, & booklets featuring highlights of each decade.

 

Teal, purple, yellow, orange, pink, and blue boxes labeled 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s REWIND on a teal background.

Set of Six Decade Rewinds 
Includes six, time capsule booklets highlighting the best from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, & 2000s. Featuring vintage color ads & decade stats about sports, news, music, movies & more! 

 

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Call-to-Mind 
A stimulating, people-centered board game that’s been tested and proven to stimulate, entertain and promote communication. Enjoy quality time with family, friends and care-givers across all generations!


Community Resources

  • Oliver McMillan I CAN! Center
    The I CAN! Center at the Central Library has assistive technology available onsite for patrons to use. I CAN also offers limited Homebound Services and Library-by-Mail programs. 
  • AgeWell Services
    San Diego City Parks and Recreation offers social events, free lunch, fitness classes, and more for older residents through AgeWell services. 
  • San Diego County Aging & Independence Services
    Find resources on meals, mental health, financial/legal & health insurance services for older adults living in San Diego County. 
  • Access 4 All Tech Training
    Learn how to best use your computer, phone, and other technology to connect with family, friends, and resources with free tech training and assistance through the San Diego Futures Foundation. 
  • Digital Navigator Program
    Get help with basic tech support, low cost computers, free or low-cost internet subscriptions, and online programs to access education, housing assistance, and more by scheduling an appointment with a Digital Navigator or calling the toll-free helpline at 1-800-350-6945 
  • Senior Food Program
    Find monthly supplemental food packages for income-eligible senior citizens (60+) at over 70 distribution sites throughout San Diego County.
  • Lost Memories/Recuerdos Perdidos
    Recuerdos Perdidos is a telenovela produced by Alzheimer’s Los Angeles that informs families and caregivers about Dementia, making families feel less alone and more aware.
  • Alzheimers San Diego
    Resources, events, and support for people living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
  • Career Pathways- Get Set Up
    Live online classes on technology use, hobbies, and wellness. 

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