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Rockland County Office for the Aging --
There are more than 65,000 people in Rockland County over the age of 60. We assist older residents & their families to get information about programs available to them. We provide a variety of programs either through our efforts or through partners. The programs are designed to maintain maximum independence in the home & provide employment & volunteer activities. Advocacy by & for the elderly is our prime activity.
NIH National Institute on Aging --
Health Information -- Research -- News and Events
LARGE PRINT BOOKS
A large print book collection is available in the Hub area of the Library. It includes Fiction, Non-Fiction and Biographies.
The library offers audiobooks in CD format. We also have downloadable audiobooks for your computer or a portable device. Visit our Overdrive or hoopla Digital pages for more information.
HOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE
The Library offers a Homebound Delivery Service for members of our community who cannot visit the library due to illness, disability, or age. This free service helps allows residents in the Pearl River School District to receive library materials through the U.S. Postal Service. For information call James Cassetta, x139 (845-735-4084).
PRPL ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
A flat-bed magnifiing reader is available behind the Reference Desk. We also have a few handheld magnifiers available for use.
The library has three scanners for the public to use. Save your scans to your own thumb drive, to your Google Drive account, or send them to an email address.
PUBLIC FAX MACHINE
The library has a public fax machine/photocopier near our Information Desk. The cost is 50 cents for the first page and 25 cents for each page after that. Our librarians will be happy to assist you.
Selected Books from the Library
Being Mortal by
In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
Call Number: 362.175 GAW
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Caring for Our Parents by
When his mother-in-law died suddenly and his seriously ill father-in-law was left with no one to care for him, the author and his wife were thrust into the complex and overwhelming world of long-term care. Just months later his own father fell sick, and the couple struggled to help care for him too—from 1000 miles away. Over the next year-and-a-half, this ordinary family faced one crisis after another, as each day brought new struggle and pain, but also surprising rewards. They were among the 44 million Americans who are caring for elderly parents or relatives or friends with disabilities. Someone you love will almost certainly need long-term care services before they die. Nearly 70 percent of our parents will receive such help sometime during their old age—usually at home, though often in a nursing home. It will last for an average of three years, though one in five will need this assistance for five years or more. This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling stories of the families who struggle every day with the care needs of their loved ones. The costs are crushing: and the weight of 77 million aging Baby Boomers will devastate our nation’s already fragile system for funding this critical day-to-day assistance. How can we repair the tattered safety net that is so essential to our aged and disabled?
Call Number: 362.6 GLE
Publication Date: 2009-05-26
Old Age by
Call Number: 814.54 KIN
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
"A superb introduction to the necessary financial planning no American over 40 can afford to ignore." Publishers Weekly nbsp; "It''s time for many individual investors to make some hard choices. Baby Boomers are learning to deal with the fact that they really can''t have it all--at least not all at once. Retirementology is a great guide to helping them think through their plans for living, saving, and spending." Marion Asnes, Editor in Chief, Financial Planning magazine nbsp; "Retirementology applies behavioral finance to retirement planning and finds we all could be doing a lot better when it comes to making decisions about retirement. But don''t despair: Not only does Dr. Salsbury crisply describe our self-destructive financial behavior, he offers much more--namely, ways we can improve financial decisions. The book is a real contribution to both behavioral finance and the field of retirement planning." David Adler, author of Snap Judgment nbsp; "Retirementology is an entertaining, yet sobering, journey through the cognitive errors and social biases harming our current and future lifestyles. Dr. Salsbury''s book is not just for retirees or those soon to retire--the earlier you read it, the better you can live!" John Nofsinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, Washington State University, and author of The Psychology of Investing nbsp; Looking ahead to retirement? Depending on your circumstances and your age, you may no longer have any margin for error. And your emotions and irrational behavior could be perpetuating a dangerous cycle of overspending and rising debt that may shatter whatever vision of retirement you still have. Welcome to the world of Retirementology. nbsp; Retirementology bridges retirement planning with investor psychology and the market Meltdown of 2008 to produce an entirely new way of thinking about how we spend, how we save, how we borrow, and how we invest. Financial mistakes are deeply rooted in human nature, but you may be able to overcome them--if you understand the breakthrough principles of behavioral economics and apply them in your own retirement planning. nbsp; Dr. Gregory Salsbury identifies some of the classic cognitive biases and behavioral mistakes most of us keep making when it comes to retirement planning. For example: Why will people drive 45 minutes to use a $2.00 coupon? Why won''t people sell a poor performing stock just because they inherited it from grandma? Why do people spend differently with a credit card than they do with cash? Why do people believe that they paid no income taxes because they received a refund? You''ll learn why the financial meltdown has amplified the impact of these all-too-human cognitive mistakes and discover ideas for addressing them. nbsp; The bottom line for your bottom line is that retirement can no longer be ignored, viewed as a single event, relegated to a "zone," or romanticized. Instead, you must understand how every spending and financial decision you make from here on can impact the way you will spend your golden years. Retirementology attempts to help you do just that. nbsp; Retirement planning: right brain versus left brain Why these different areas of the brain impact financial decisions--and what to do about it nbsp; It''s real money! "De-layering" your finances How to overcome the psychological tricks that separate you from your money nbsp; Family matters: managing financial support decisions for your extended family Choosing between your family or your retirement nbsp; Get "long-term smart" How longevity, inflation, volatility, and your own expectations impact your retirement goals nbsp;
Call Number: RCLS
Publication Date: 2010-04-25