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For Older Adults

Resources for Older Adults

MPL offers programs and services for today’s older adults that are designed for a wide variety of interests. Inspiration starts here – we help people read, learn and connect at every age.

Through the library's website, you're able to access a large number of resources that provide helpful information and entertainment. Below are links most often requested by older adults. At the bottom of this page is a list of current library programs that may be of interest to you.

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Books, Magazines, and Music

Large Print Books
The library has a large selection of popular titles in large print.

Audiobooks
Looking for an enjoyable listen? Check out an audiobook on CD.

eBooks and Music
On this page you'll find links to a large selection of e-books, audiobooks, music and video for use with a wide variety of portable devices, PCs and Macs including Wisconsin's Digital Library, CountyCat, hoopla, and Freegal.

Featured Title:
200+ Ways to Protect Your Privacy by Jeni Rogers

Are you afraid to surf the internet? Afraid that your identity will be compromised, or someone will try to take advantage of you? You are wise to be wary. Hackers today are sneaky, and the consequences of falling prey to one can be tremendously costly. But there are ways to protect yourself. You just need to have a strategy and a system in place. 200+ Ways to Protect Your Privacy pretty much does just that. Each topic is short and sweet, to the point. It covers everything from the basic (lock up your personal items at work) to the meaty (how to avoid falling prey to ransomware). This book covers everything – including how to recover from a breach.

There's a program coming up on Tuesday, September 21 presented by The Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection entitled: Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent. This will be an online program you can attend by clicking here on the 21st.

Featured Video: If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. If you're getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams. In this presentation, staff from the FTC will explain what you need to know about robocalls and what you can do about them. Older Adults YouTube page.


 Programs

MPL 60+ programming is funded in part by gifts from Naomi B. Strehlow and St. John’s on the Lake.

Book Clubs
This is the place to find MPL book clubs, book club kits, and new titles.

Technology Tuesdays
View these short videos on the library's YouTube page to learn about a variety of technology topics ranging from how to use your PC, iPad, or laptop to social media information, curbside delivery, online family gatherings, online learning, and everything in between.

How To with MPL
This playlist on the library's YouTube channel not only includes Technology Tuesday programming, it also includes how to use your library card, library databases, and visiting the library during COVID.

Older Adult Program Playlist
A new playlist has been added to the library's YouTube account that will include videos of library programs that may be of interest to older adults. 


Resources

COVID Portal
The library's COVID Portal includes information on the pandemic, vaccines, basic needs, health and wellness and more.

Education and Outreach Services
The library provides outreach services that extend beyond the traditional library building into the Milwaukee community.

Gale Courses
Take a 6-week class on a wide variety of topics ranging from starting a small business to improving homeschooling skills to assisting aging parents. Every course is offered each month. Available for free to all library cardholders in Milwaukee County.

Genealogical Research
Start your family research here. The library has many resources available online for you to begin. For further help from librarians, please place a request by chat, text, phone or email at Ask MPL.

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of cooperating libraries.  WTBBL  circulates audiobooks, brailled materials, and playback equipment provided by the federal government to Wisconsin residents who cannot read standard print.

Your Library Card
Your library card is your gateway to a world of information! Don't have a card? Need to renew yours? Here's all you need to know about your card.


Helpful Agency Websites

Below are links to agency websites frequently recommended by Milwaukee Public Library librarians.
AARP - The nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. 
LoveThyNeighbor - The site provides resources for older adults who want to stay in their home as they age. 
Medicare - The official government website.
Medicare Advantage Plans in Wisconsin - The site helps to guide seniors through the state’s available plans, eligibility requirements, and enrollment guidelines as well as providing a list of helpful community organizations throughout Wisconsin that can further support seniors with their healthcare needs. 
Milwaukee County Department of Aging (includes links to local Senior Centers)
     -  MCDA Health and Wellness Workshops

Serving Older Adults of Southeastern Wisconsin - A nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of older adults by providing programming to improve their health and well-being as well as a means for community engagement and socialization.
Social Security Administration - The official government website.

Recommended Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
Financial caregiving: Resources for those who help an older relative or friend manage their money.
Housing decisions: Help for those considering a reverse mortgage as well as current reverse mortgage borrowers.
Planning for retirement: Information on the factors that influence when to claim Social Security.
Online and mobile banking tips: A few tips to help older adults get started since bank and credit union hours may be limited.
Elder financial exploitation: Resources to help older adults and their caregivers prevent, avoid and report scams, fraud and other forms of financial exploitation.

 

Upcoming Events

September 28, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: TikTok at Virtual

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September 30, 2021
5:00 PM
The History Buff Book Club: Children of the Land at Virtual

In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for…

October 5, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Digital Media at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

October 9, 2021
10:00 AM
Unraveling Gerrymandering: Mapping Your Community at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpdO-gqj4sG9LYEAnoiSPnWvkfQlY5EqP3  After registering, you will…

October 11, 2021
5:30 PM
Outdoor Chess Club at All Locations

Bring your love of strategy for Outdoor Chess Club! Meet…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: The Turn of the Key at Virtual

Please join us for this month's book club as we…

October 12, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Google at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

5:30 PM
Knot Just Knitting at All Locations

Beginners and experts welcome! Learn to knit or bring your knitting,…

October 14, 2021
7:00 PM
Music & Trivia: Broadway & Disney Tunes & Trivia at Virtual

Click here to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApc-CrrzoiGNF5UOwvjDW5bwBeWyQiu9fH  After registering, you will receive a confirmation…

October 19, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Online Money Tips at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

October 20, 2021
5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Group at Virtual

This book club approaches American identity as an evolving and…

October 21, 2021
6:00 PM
Podcasting 201 at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qfNHMPR-QlSlr7-z6XbpGA After registering, you…

October 25, 2021
5:30 PM
Outdoor Chess Club at All Locations

Bring your love of strategy for Outdoor Chess Club! Meet…

6:00 PM
Climate Action Book Club: A Terrible Thing to Waste at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of Harriet A. Washington's book…

October 26, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Gmail at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

October 28, 2021
5:00 PM
The History Buff Book Club: King Leopold's Ghost at Virtual

We will be reading the captivating book King Leopold's Ghost…

November 2, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Sharing Economy at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

November 4, 2021
7:00 PM
Music & Trivia: Name that Tune at Virtual

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November 9, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: YouTube at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

November 16, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Google Drive pt 1 at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4616249771517/WN_VydoRBj8RYi2LvRuUjUVWw  After registering, you will receive…

November 17, 2021
5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Group at Virtual

This book club approaches American identity as an evolving and…

November 18, 2021
5:00 PM
The History Buff Book Club: Code Talker at Virtual

November is Native American Heritage Month and we will be…

7:00 PM
Music & Trivia: TV Tunes & Trivia at Virtual

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November 23, 2021
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Image Editing at Virtual

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