Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship Institute

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This last week 18 Idaho public librarians attended a three day institute in Portland, Oregon, which focused on trends and issues of aging such as health, finance and economic security, spirituality, work and service.

Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in aging across the lifespan and brain health, provided an engaging look at health issues, while Dr. Laura Carstensen, Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, focused on how motivational changes influence cognitive processing -- and there were other engaging and dynamic speakers. For the next six months the 18 Idaho fellows will join 75 other fellows from throughout the United States in learning about and implementing strategic facilitation, community assessment, partnerships, volunteer engagement, programming and social media. These are exciting times and I look forward to the innovative programs that will emerge from this great opportunity. The Fellowship is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as a result of the collaborative effort of state library agencies from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.