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September 2019 engAGED Newsletter

Your Community Library: A Welcoming and Interested Partner in Promoting the Social Engagement of Older Adults
Libraries can be great partners for organizations that are looking for new ways to provide engaging resources for older adults in their communities. One example is the September Project, a grassroots effort that encourages libraries and communities to develop programs and events such as book displays, panel discussions, theatrical performances and book readings.

New tools from the American Library Association (ALA) also support the social engagement of older adults. Keys to Engaging Older Adults provides information on potential partners, model programs and ways to measure success. Check out the publication to learn more about ways that libraries can be an active partner in promoting the social engagement of older adults in the community. Older Adults and Reading is another resource from the ALA that can help organizations engage older adults through reading activities. The guide includes information on how to set up book talks and book discussion groups specifically for older adults.

Interested in working with libraries in your community? October is National Book Month, a great time to consider engaging with your local library to develop a book swap or start a monthly book discussion to help older adults stay connected to the community!

engAGING articles

2019 n4a Aging Innovations Award Winner – Encore Café 
The Heritage Area Agency on Aging in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has found a great way to engage older adults in its community! The Encore Café takes a unique approach to dining by taking its congregate meals program to libraries and art spaces—and out of the senior center and dining halls. In addition to sharing meals, attendees can participate in other engagement activities, including evidence-based programming such as falls prevention. Like this idea? Contact the Heritage Area Agency on Aging to learn how it has supported the development of similar programs in other communities at 1-800-332-5934.
Proximity to Libraries and Cafés Decrease Loneliness
Researchers at the American Enterprise Institute found that people who live near community spaces, such as parks and libraries, are more content and report being less lonely. This was found to be true for people living in communities of all sizes and types—cities large and small, suburbs and towns.
Connection Between Health and Active Lifestyles
According to results from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey, 82 percent of adults aged 65 to 74 rate their health as excellent (18 percent), very good (32 percent) or good (32 percent). Having chronic conditions may be a factor in self-described health status, but many older adults are choosing to define their health by how they think. Health components that they tend to value more include positive social relationships and remaining active.
Past Events
Resources from presentations made by engAGED staff at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s 44th Annual Conference and Tradeshow are now available on the engAGED website. Sessions covered the following topics:
  • Positive Impact of Social Engagement Programs for Older Adults
  • Reducing Social Isolation and Fostering Healthy Aging Through Intergenerational Programs
  • Enhancing Social Engagement in Rural Communities through Technology
Recent Webinar

Did you miss our recent webinar, Under Construction: Starting a Lifelong Learning Program? Watch the recording on our website. This webinar provides insight on how organizations can turn the idea of a lifelong learning program into a reality. Learn the grassroots methods for creating a successful lifelong learning program, and discover the steps involved in finances, curriculum, committees and other areas.
Want to learn more about engAGED: The National Resource Center for Older Adults? Visit us at or contact us at
About engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
engAGED is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with support from Generations United, Lifetime Arts, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Osher Institutes for Lifelong Learning. engAGED will highlight information about emerging trends, resources, and ways the Aging Network can implement similar programs in their communities, and will develop a national strategy for educating and informing the Aging Network about innovative ways to keep older adults connected to their communities.
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