Older Americans Month at Your Library

May 03, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Connect, Create, Contribute

Older adults laughing

Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger!

We recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks and lives. Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme "Connect, Create, Contribute" encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.

Senior Programs

We encourage area seniors to connect, create and contribute via the series of programs at various branches tailored especially for Older Americans Month.

Home Selling for Seniors—For those thinking about downsizing or moving to a new home after retirement, this workshop gives seniors an overview of the selling process to become more confident in planning and decision-making. A speaker from Maryland REALTORS discusses the process from decluttering, repairs and improvements, through closing. Attendees will learn the basics of preparing for the sale, including staging, marketing and technology that might be used in the transaction. Also included is information about downsizing, aging-in-place options, renovation loans and reverse mortgages.

  • Arbutus—Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Catonsville—Friday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Essex—Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Loch Raven—Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
  • Pikesville—Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Randallstown—Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m.
  • Rosedale—Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sollers Point—Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.
  • White Marsh—Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m.

Mind Matters: Taking a Look at the Aging Brain—Emotional and physical well-being are directly impacted by the health of the brain. Kim Burton, director of Older Adult Programs for the Mental Health Association of Maryland, explores common age-related changes and challenges that impact thoughts, behaviors, mood, memory and other quality-of-life issues. Topics include anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, stress management, self-care and warning signs of a problem. Attendees will learn practical strategies for positive mental health as well as resources for support.

  • Catonsville—Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Essex—Friday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Lansdowne—Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
  • Loch Raven—Wednesday, May 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Owings Mills—Thursday, May 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Randallstown—Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Sollers Point—Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.
  • White Marsh—Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Smart Investing for Seniors—Representatives from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will discuss smart investing, tips to avoid scams and fraud, planning for diminished capacity and other savvy financial strategies. Attendees will learn to protect assets as they prepare for retirement or are already retired.

  • Arbutus—Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m.  
  • North Point—Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. 
  • Pikesville—Friday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. 

Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End—The cultural and medical history of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will be discussed by a leading psychiatrist and bioethicist, urging those affected to focus from cure to care. Author Tia Power, MD, discusses her own experiences of family members who were diagnosed with dementia. By examining the background of the history and progress of dementia research, she gives readers the physician’s perspective, while also providing insight on how to help those suffering from the disease, and their caregivers, achieve the best quality of life possible. Books will be available for sale and signing after program.

Hereford—Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn the Art of Bookbinding —Attendees will create a beautiful, heirloom-quality, blank book in honor of Older Americans Month. Learn paste paper painting and simple bookbinding techniques from artist Val Lucas of Bowerbox Press in this two-session workshop designed to be accessible to older adults. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. All supplies will be provided and registration is required.

  • Lansdowne—Fridays, May 24 and 31 at 10 a.m.
  • White Marsh—Fridays, May 10 and 17 at 10 a.m.

Film Screening: "The Age of Love"—"The Age of Love" follows the comic and poignant adventures of 30 seniors who attend a first-of-its-kind speed dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds, and discover how the search for love changes—or doesn’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life. Following the screening, is a Q&A session with the documentary's filmmaker. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.

Perry Hall—Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

Older adults'' hands holding each other.

Senior Speed Dating: Make a New Connection—Inspired by the lively seniors featured in "The Age of Love" film, join us for a fun, social event where older singles can meet and connect with new potential friends. Find someone to chat with on the phone or make a new friend with whom you can share a meal, coffee or a movie. Light refreshments will be served and registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.

Perry Hall—Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Category: Programming and Events