Abstract

Abstract:

This article discusses aging in Cuban society and the role of public libraries in this sphere. Research performed at the Municipal Library of San Antonio de los Baños shows how it is possible for libraries to contribute positively to the quality of life of older adults, in terms of both physical and mental health. A multistage study involving a questionnaire (N=200 elders), interviews (N=83), recruitment to a library program (N=18), and follow-up interviews demonstrated improvements in the lives of the participants in the library program. These improvements overcame challenges that were found in the lives of the total number of study participants. Study findings indicate that elders integrated into society maintain a more positive outlook as compared to those who do not participate actively in society, and the library performs a key role in bringing about positive outcomes for older adults.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 630-641
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-15
Open Access
No
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