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This paper focuses on the establishment of an Alzheimer’s and dementia library outreach program in Nebraska, initiated by the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The program aims to address the lack of community resources and support for individuals affected by dementia-related diseases in Nebraska. Extensive research, including interviews with successful library outreach programs globally, informed the program's foundation. A survey distributed to Nebraska libraries had a stellar response rate, with 57 libraries expressing interest in collaborating. An in-depth guide was created and distributed to the interested libraries, outlining program components such as educational programming, support groups, and a designated purple shelf for Alzheimer’s and dementia-related literature and resources. Several libraries have already requested educational programs, support groups, and resources for their communities. Some challenges in developing the outreach program include the limited response from the Omaha public library system. To ensure ongoing success, continuous communication between the Alzheimer’s Association and partner libraries is crucial. The Association should also seek an endorsement from the Nebraska Library Association to attract more Nebraska library partnerships. By fostering collaborations between Alzheimer’s Association and Nebraska libraries, this outreach program endeavors to create a more inclusive and dementia-friendly environment within communities.
Wilkinson, Casey, "Implementing an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Library Outreach Program: A Partnership Between the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Nebraska Libraries" (2023). Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects. 262.
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