Older Adults

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A. Introduction

Older Adults resources are in great demand because the population in the United States is growing older and older. According to the Administration on Aging, the population that is aged 65 and older is about nearly 13% of the population (or 12.9%) in the United States. And according to the United Nations, this is a worldwide phenomenon with Asia having the oldest older adult population in the world. All of these facts point toward more information needs concerning older adults. The public library has a vast amount of information that can be utilized for the understanding and well being of older adults.

B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers
  • Aging
  • Aging Parents--Care
  • Aging-Nutritional Aspects
  • Aging Parents---Family Relations
  • Aging---Psychological Aspects
  • Aging—Social Aspects
  • Elderly Persons—See Older People
  • Middle Age
  • Older People
  • Senior Citizens—See Older People

C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

Lastingness: The Art of Old Age by Delbanco, Nicholas.   155.672/D344l

The Real Truth About Aging by Shulman, Neil.  612.67/SH5624r

The Virtues of Aging by Carter, Jimmy. 305.26/C323v

D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries (search cyberMARS to find in the library)
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Aging in America A to Z by Adriel Bettelheim. 305.260973/B565a.  This text is an encyclopedia of aging and gerontology.

Aging Well by George E. Vaillant.  305.26/V131a.  This book is based on a Harvard study of adult development.

Encyclopedia of Health & Aging edited by Kyriakos S. Markides, et.al.  613.0438/EN5636e
Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul 808.8013/C533csg/Large Print
E. Magazines or Newspapers

The library system subscribes to many databases, some of which are in the EbscoHost section on the library's webpage, which you may use either from home or in the library to search for magazine articles.

The library also has free publications that customers can take home, such as:

F. Internet Resources
  • AARP.org - A membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
  • ACL.gov - Provides assistance to those persons (including people with disabilities and older adults) to live at home with the supports they need.
  • Senior Housing This site has information on locations of senior housing. It also list the amenities and cost of the facilities.
  • Elder Web This site has links to conferences and articles on Aging.
  • Social Security Administration - This is the web address for The Social Security Administration.
G. Other Media, e.g. Video, Audio

The library has a large selection of books on tape for those persons who may be visually challenged or who may enjoy listening to fun fiction titles as well as non-fiction books.

Coming of Age by Studs, Turkel.  305.26/T318c / Audio/CD

Healthy aging by Weil, Andrew. 613.0438/H4348h/VIDEO/DISC
How to live forever - 305.26/H8471h/VIDEO/DISC
You Staying Young by Roizen, Michael F. 613.2/R7413y/Audio/CD
Young@Heart by Walker, George. 782.5/Y789y/DVD
H. Further Research
  • Consult the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative & the Geriatric Education Center in Oklahoma City for further information on local and national resources on aging issues.
Prepared by Darcus Smith
Updated March 2013