By Allie McLary
As a community's hub for information, a library offers more than just books, storytimes and the summer reading incentives. In fact, these staples, found at every branch in the Capital Area District Libraries' system, make up only a fraction of the services available.
“A library is more than a place where people can borrow books,” says Jeff Antaya, reference librarian at CADL South Lansing. “It's a place to gain knowledge on a wide variety of issues that affect your life.”
With this in mind, CADL South Lansing is focusing some of their fall programming on senior living. Informational speakers on topics designed for seniors and their loved ones, including long term care planning, Medicare and residential care facilities, will provide relevant and reliable information that patrons sometimes have trouble finding.
“I think we all at one time or another know someone who needs help with aging planning and doesn't know where to start,” Antaya shared. “I hope patrons walk away knowing what the next step is and where to go for further help.”
If you or someone you know is interested in senior care topics, start your fact-finding mission at these library events:
Wednesday, Oct. 3 - 6 p.m.
Learn about Medicare; Medicare supplemental plans and drug plans; the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans; and how to help fight fraud. Presented by Stacey Humphrey, Regional Coordinator for the Medicare/Medicaid Program.
Residential Care Facilities
Wednesday, Nov. 7- 6 p.m.
Tips on how to choose a nursing home, how to recognize and report resident abuse and neglect, and how to keep loved ones safe. Presented by the Senior Brigade from the State Attorney General's Office.
For a complete list of library events coming up this fall, pick up a guide at any CADL branch, or visit cadl.org/events.
The Capital Area District Libraries system serves 23 municipalities in Ingham County with 13 branches and a bookmobile. Its mission is to provide access to ideas and information that support continuous learning. For more information, call 517-367-6300 or visit cadl.org
This was printed in the September 23, 2012 - October 6, 2012 Edition