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Little-known Resources for Older Adults, Caregivers and More

Little-known Resources for Older Adults, Caregivers and More

If you can't come to the library, we'll bring the library to you.
Older woman with a cane and younger woman walk arm in arm outside on a fall day.

Washington County libraries have something for patrons of all ages whether you’re 9 months or 99 years old. And there's no shortage of offerings for older adults and those caring for a friend or relative. Check out this list, for something is sure to catch your eye (regardless of your age)!

Library Mail Service

Did you know you can get library items mailed directly to your home at no cost through WCCLS Library Mail Service? If you are physically unable to visit the library for six months or more or live in a care facility, you are eligible for this free program; in-home caregivers also qualify. Visit our webpage or call 503-648-9785 to learn more or apply.

Caregiver memory kits Clear backpack labeled "dog" and a stuffed dog

If you’re taking care of someone who is experiencing memory loss, you may appreciate one of our thoughtfully curated caregiver kits. Each kit is designed to spark memories and spur conversation about your loved one’s favorite things. Kits are intended for use in the home or during your visit at a care facility. Browse our collection of 21 kits, with themes ranging from baseball and music to the outdoors and Audrey Hepburn. (Video: See what's inside.)

Large print books

The catalog has almost 16,000 books in large print, covering a variety of genres and topics. Like with all books, you can place a hold, borrow, and return at any of the 16 locations in Washington County.


Audiobook of Betty White's If You Ask Me

Listening to someone read you a book is an enjoyable experience, especially when you get a good narrator. If you have a CD player, search our collection of nearly 17,000 books on CD. If you don’t own a CD player, try borrowing an audiobook on Playaway. This little device comes preloaded with an audiobook; you’ll need a AAA battery and a pair of headphones or a portable plug-in speaker (not Bluetooth-compatible).

Easy movement DVDs

Improve your balance, strength or flexibility with an easy movement DVD – no gym membership required! These exercises are designed to be low intensity, and some can be done in a chair.

Mental health support

If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, isolated, anxious, or depressed, Washington County has resources specifically aimed at supporting residents who are 55 and older. Visit their website to learn more about virtual exercise classes, caregiver support programs and hotlines that connect you with trained volunteers.

If you have questions about one of these resources, please ask the friendly staff at your local library how they can help or email us