Senior Citizens @ Your Grand County Libraries
August 23, 2009
Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
• When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
• One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
• Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
• Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don’t recognize you.
• If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old. (seniorresource.com)
By Edie Strate
Never let it be said that we at the Grand County Library District have no sense of humor. As some librarians are looking our “Golden Years” right in the face, we are keenly aware of the many resources our libraries provide for seniors. Some we use for ourselves; some we recommend for our older patrons.
For instance, as our vision changes and we need longer and longer arms, a solution is to check out “large print” books. The Grand County Library District has 532 titles. If you don’t find what you would like, place a hold on one of the 9,306 large print items we can request for you from other library districts. All our libraries have a computer station with a large, colored keyboard and a specialized mouse. Any of our monitors can be set to a larger text option, making the words easier to read.
Many library patrons enjoy listening to their favorite authors on CD, downloadable books and playaways. Ask a librarian to show you how. These are great for use while driving, gardening, painting, or while engaged in many other activities such as hiking or biking. They are also perfect for anyone whose vision is impaired.
While some seniors are tech-savvy, there are others who may be intimidated by the technology they face in today’s libraries. Hot Sulphur Springs Library has “Computers for Seniors for Dummies,” and Juniper Library has a large-print copy of “The Internet for Beginners.” Since on-line card catalogs and reference databases are the norm, Stephanie Ralph, Public Services Coordinator for the Grand County Library District, offers this reassurance: “Trained librarians can guide you to the information, books or fun materials you need.”
Grand County Libraries are proud to offer materials on subjects that may be of special interest to seniors. Find out about aging issues, health care and nutritional needs. For example, Hot Sulphur Springs has “The Complete Eldercare Planner.” Learn about exercise and yoga to improve your strength and balance. Update your financial plans for future security, especially in this volatile economy. Get informed about senior housing and retirement to live safely and comfortably.
When you need a laugh, check out a copy of “I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” by Nora Ephron. Chuckle with Bill Cosby in “Time Flies” and Dave Barry in “Dave Barry Turns 50”. (Actually, that sounds pretty young to me.) Finally, try to follow Roger Rosenblatt’s “Rules for Aging: Resist Normal Impulses, Live Longer, Attain Perfection.” Just do it.