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Target Project: Tales and Travel: Developing Community Partnerships?

Although libraries seek to service their entire local population, underserved populations continue to exist, such as individuals with dementia. While individuals with dementia lose elements of cognition, some elements remain and when engaged, their quality of life improves. The Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL adopted the Tales and Travel program with the purpose of expanding community outreach services to older adults with early to middle stages of dementia. Tales and Travels is a one-hour program designed to engage individuals with dementia both socially and cognitively. The program is offered in eleven of the thirteen Assisted Living facilities within the Gail Borden Library district, and kits are available for check out at the main library and Rakow Branch. The Library is now seeking to gain evidence of the program?s effectiveness in several areas, in an effort to promote the program nationwide. This project will explore whether the program: 1. Engages and improves the cognitive and social interactions of individuals with dementia. 2. Positively impacts the relationship between caregivers and individuals with dementia by providing stimulating activities and reducing the number of stressful interactions. 3. Expands the library?s outreach to an underserved population. 4. Decreases stigma and stereotypes of adults with dementia by demonstrating elements of cognition that remains throughout the course of the disease. Evidence will be gathered through a mixed methods study, using both qualitative and quantitative measures...

Gail Borden Public Library
Gail Borden Public Library
Organization Type:
Public Library
Funded Dates: 
Monday, June 15, 2015 to Saturday, April 30, 2016
Funding Amount: 
Consumers - General Public
Librarians - Public/Other