Today, we're going to be talking about how you can
support your patrons affected by both
Alzheimer's disease and dementia specifically
with Gale health and wellness. My name
is Amber Winters and I am a senior senior
training consultant here at Gale
and I'll be working with you today through this session.
So a quick agenda. First, I do want to talk about
some of the supporting content that we have
available for your patrons. I will briefly
mention just what gil health and wellness
is overall and then go over a bit of that
content but will mainly be within
the resource today because I want to show you some of
the different different workflows your patrons can utilize
as well as some different kind of little
gems within the resource that could definitely help
all sorts of patrons who are looking
for content either to support
themselves or to support loved ones
who are going through these terrible diseases.
And at the end of the session, we should have some time
for wrap up as well as questions and I do
have some contact information for you
there as well.
But if we have questions as we walk through the session
today, feel free to put them into the Q and
A and I should be able to answer them as we
move forward. But if we do start to see a lot
of questions in that Q and A that I will hold off just
until the very end of the session. So even
if your question isn't answered right away, don't worry,
they will be answered at the very end.
So briefly, just a background about gale health
and wellness, if you're new to the resource,
this is really a consumer focused
resource. So this is for kind of your,
your everyday patron who's just coming. I'm trying
to get some baseline knowledge about a specific
health condition, a medication,
um a diagnostic test they may
be having in the future or things like that.
They'll find a lot of great reference articles that will
kind of provide that background information. But
we also have a huge selection of
both the magazines and news articles.
So if they're trying to keep up with, let's say a new
medication that's in the news, they'll be able
to find that content right here on the platform.
Instead of having to navigate through,
you know, three different news sites to find that information.
We have it all listed here and we also have
a great multimedia collection. So if you have
patrons coming in, who maybe are
struggling readers or maybe they have trouble seeing
the screen, you know, if they are elderly coming
in trying to search for the Alzheimer's information.
We do have a lot of great multimedia content
that can help them out, things like audio files and
videos, as well as images and
diagrams and graphs and things like that. So this is a
really accessible resource for
any type of patron who's trying to come in
and what we'll take a look at today specifically
when we're talking about Alzheimer's and dementia
is some of our different filtering options.
These are really helpful as your patrons
are running maybe broad searches, maybe they're not
100% sure what they're coming in for.
Our filtering can really help them narrow
it down to exactly what they're looking for. Specifically
the subject filter that we're going to take a look
at. And I've also got some great publication
titles I want to pull out for you that you may want to recommend
your patrons take a look at, especially
if they're just starting their, their research kind
And finally, we do have some great research tools
here as well. So if you have patrons coming in who
are maybe working as a family, maybe they have
who's suffering through one of these diseases
and them and their siblings are kind of researching together.
We've got some great collaboration
in text manipulation tools that
will help them work together and pull all
that information and maybe have it ready for a
doctor's appointment if they're planning on going to the
doctor or just bring it to their parents
to kind of inform them of what's going on.
And I do want to mention here that this resource
is a supplemental resource.
This is not replace a physician or
anything like that. This is going to be supplemental
to a physician. So this is great for patrons
who may be trying to build a list of questions
as they're going to see their doctor or maybe
they just met with their doctor and maybe are a little bit
confused or want to dig deeper into a recommendation
made by that doctor. That's what
we're here for. This is the nice supplemental
content that's going to kind of bolster the understanding
that they've gotten from their doctor and really
make them informed as they start to speak with
their doctor about testing or whatever it may
let's talk specifically about some of the content
we have curated in here for Alzheimer's and
dementia. So first off is going to be
our Alzheimer's Disease topic page
and we've curated this page because of course,
this is a topic that is searched and browsed
and utilized quite frequently.
And what we've done is we've created an overview at the
top of the page here and this is going to give your users
kind of a background about Alzheimer's
what it is, some of the symptoms,
they may see some of the treatments really, just that
base level information that's going to help
propel them forward.
But moving on from there, you'll see underneath, we
kind of pull out different content buckets for
your users. As I mentioned, we have a lot
of multimedia content like videos and audio.
We've pulled those forwards
separately, you'll see images here in reference
content. So I definitely recommend
if you have patrons coming in who are struggling
to find content. This may be
a good place for you to direct them.
I'll show you there are two ways to access. They can either
search and find it or they can browse and find it.
And there's also a way to get a link. So if you want
to copy a link and send it out to that patron
who's struggling, you'll be able to do that as well. I'll
show you how to get a link to this specific
topic page here
and we have both overview and detailed
articles. So whatever level your
patron is at, if they've been you
know, struggling through this disease with their parents for
a while or with their spouse for a while, and they have
maybe something really specific in mind that
their doctor has recommended that they need to learn about
maybe a specific treatment plan
that would be new to them.
They can find that very, very detailed information,
they can go as far as look at medical journals
to get a really deep understanding of what
they're taking a look at or they'll get the very
basics. You know, this is how you
help a parent with Alzheimer's
disease bat. This is how you help
them visit with you know, family, visit
with strangers. This is how you help them grocery
shop. so they're going to get really
a holistic view of the disease
and how they can best deal with it.
I have pulled forward one publication. I'm
going to show you when we walk through the resource that I just
think is really handy. And this is
the Alzheimer's Association pamphlets.
So obviously, we've digitized them.
They're not in pamphlet format anymore,
but they're really kind of honed in on
different topics. Again, like I mentioned, maybe,
you know, helping
an individual with Alzheimer's bat
go grocery shopping, maybe figuring
out you know, home care,
things like that. They're these really simple
and fairly short pamphlet articles
that are going to help patrons. And again, they're very,
very consumer focused. So they're not
very technical or very medical,
simple ways to get this content over
to whatever patron is looking for
it. You'll see here.There's one
specifically for individuals who
have early onset Alzheimer's who are trying
to kind of wrap their heads around what's going on.
We have this great pamphlet here that can kind
of give them some background information
and kind of prepare them for the future,
prepare them for what they may experience.
But let's really dive into the resource because we
can talk about this content all day. But walking
through the resource itself is
definitely going to give us kind of a better understanding
of what your patrons are going to be seeing.
Now, I will pause here briefly. Does anyone have
any questions before we really dive into
how to find this content?
I don't see any. So I'm going to go ahead
and start off then on the Gale Health and
Wellness home page here and there are two
main ways to find content. It's going to
be just your standard search and
scrolling down here. We have a browse
topics option here as well.
So of course, running a search is
generally going to be helpful if your patron has something
pretty specific in mind, while if they have something
more broad, they're not
figured out where they want to go
that it may be a better situation for browsing,
but I'm going to run a search first here so we can kind
of see what that looks like. So
if your patron comes in with a very specific question,
today, I'm going to run
a search for medication that was actually just recently
approved to treat Alzheimer's,
it's called Lake.
Hopefully, I pronounced that right.
but you may be getting questions from patrons
who have heard about this in the news
or may be interested or maybe their doctor or kind
of recommended it for them who may be taking
a look so they can search for a specific medication.
it's gonna pull forward quite a bit of content here. And
now again, this medication
has very recently been approved.
So, we don't have a huge amount of content
on it yet, just because it's, it's new and
you know, it's very recent that your
patrons are going to be seeing information about
this. But you'll see here when we do run
a search at the very top, it's going to show all
of the different content types available here.
So you see, you've got a fair amount of magazines and
news information here as well as an audio
file and one academic journal.
But these news and magazine reports
are really going to give a background
for your patrons on what this medication is.
what we've learned about it so far,
what's being said in the news and you'll see these are
very current. So I like
to point this out, especially if you're going to be working
with your patrons and you want to ensure
them that they're getting the best content.
You'll see this is from July 8th and
if we have someone who's watching a recording,
shout out to anyone watching this recording
today is July 20th.
So if you're watching a recording, this is just
a, a few weeks back that we've pulled forward.
we have some from June here as well.
So we do update this continuously, especially
if there are new breakthroughs with different medications
or treatments or new information on research
related to, specific
disease or diagnosis. We do
update that frequently. So you'll see here again, we've
got our magazines listed here, some
audio files, listed some news here as
well. So we've pulled all those together here
and this is a great starting point again
for your patrons who are coming in with something very precise
in mind. They can also do this for
treatments or for testing.
So maybe you know, they have a parent going
in for an MRI or something like that. They
can also search for MRI S maybe bring
an MRI or things like that and find
content here as well. So that's just another layer
of searching. They can really search for anything
they don't have to just stick to a disease or something
like that. So
let's go ahead and jump back to the home page
now because I do want to show you the browsing
capabilities here as well. Sometimes
it's a little bit easier, especially for your patrons
who are just starting their journey who just really
don't know where to start
if we scroll down here
you'll see, we could browse through different topics. You
see, we've broken it up. So we do have the
diseases and conditions and a mental
health section. And our Alzheimer's
topic page is found under both.
Ok. So if they are searching for something
and it's kind of related to more than
one topic section, it will
be found in both. You see, we've also pulled forward
drugs as a separate section, diagnostics
and tests as well as therapies,
treatments and surgeries. So,
they may find information in all of these. But
if we're just starting off at a basic level, just
looking at Alzheimer's as a disease,
I'm going to click through diseases
Scroll down here. You'll see. I have Alzheimer's
disease listed and I have dementia listed
here separately as well because they are
separate diseases. I know I've been talking
heavily about Alzheimer's disease today. But
everything I'm talking about with Alzheimer's,
you will find the majority of that related to
dementia as well. But let's
click into the Alzheimer's topic page
just like that screenshot I showed you previously
at the very top of the page. There's going to be this
I'd like to recommend this to patrons just
as a kind of a backdrop for
their more advanced research. You'll see we
have causes and symptoms, the diagnosis
specific risk factors. So if you
have individuals coming in, who maybe
have a family history of Alzheimer's.
They want to maybe understand how they might
be able to
protect themselves from that.
They can take a look at risk factor
in different stages treatments,
things like that.
So again, a great place to start.
And I did mention before that you can get
a link to this topic page. So if
you want to save this for your patrons, instead
of having them browse on their own or search on their own.
If you use this, get link button right up top here,
that's a persistent URL and you can copy
and paste this. if you have
some sort of support group that meets in your library.
If you're running a program, program
related to Alzheimer's disease and
health and things like that, or again, if
you just have a patron inquiry and they're having trouble
finding content, you can copy and paste
this for them and they'll be able to click right into this
and be pulled here to this topic page and they'll
find all the content that they need.
Scrolling down here from that. Now, you'll see
on this topic page, we've pulled forward different
content buckets here. So you'll see
all of our reference materials, magazines,
anything we have available here, you'll see
it specifically related to Alzheimer's disease.
We have a lot more medic sorry, academic
journals. So if you have higher level
patrons who have, you know, been
researching for a while, they understand the basics
of Alzheimer's, they need to know more
academic journals might be the
way for them to go. Maybe they're running through some genetic
screening coming up. They can get a lot of information
from those academic journals. But
I do like to point out those are very high
level. So if your patrons are coming to you looking for
content and are maybe, a little
frustrated with the high leveled information,
I'll show you a way that you can narrow it down just to consumer
health info. So we're kind of cutting out that
really high level stuff that may not be as helpful
for your patrons.
So scrolling down here, you'll see. We have all of our different
content buckets listed here and
I do want to show you before I click into any of those
at the very bottom of the page here. You'll
see we include related topics. So we
have aging listed here and then dementia
is listed as well. So if they've read through Alzheimer's,
they want to learn a bit more about dementia.
They can click here and Demento right
now doesn't have a pre created topic page.
So you'll see it takes them to an organized search
results page instead. So they don't
have that overview right now, but they do still have
all of this content nice and organized
for them here.
But let's go ahead and stick with our
Alzheimer's topic page here. I'm going
to scroll back up to the top
and I'll click today into our reference works because
a lot of times this is where your patrons are going to want
to start just getting the facts about
Alzheimer's. They may not want to have any sort of
current events, clouding
their judgment or any sort of commentary,
clouding their judgment. They really just want
the hard facts about Alzheimer's. The reference
materials will most likely be a good place
for them to go to
scrolling down here. You'll see, we have
all of these great bits of information,
but I want to take a look at these filters on this
right hand side here because again, these are
going to be really beneficial.
We have a subject strapped down here.
You'll see if we can kind of pull forward. So if
we're specifically talking
about um I don't know how
aging is related to Alzheimer's
things like that. We do have the ability
to take a look at that here.
The subjects option comes in really handy
if they're looking at magazines because
obviously magazines, um there
is a huge number of 16 thousands, but a lot
of times they're talking not only about Alzheimer's
but also about other things. So they
can kind of narrow down the subjects to exactly what
they need. We also have underneath
that a few different check marks here. So
if they only want to see documents with images, they
have that ability.
They also have this consumer health
button. So this is where
they're going to want to click if they don't want to see any
sort of academic journals or anything like that.
If they're worried that that's too high level,
they can narrow down just to this consumer health
and they're going to see that content.
And finally, we do have another button here.
This is going to narrow down just a Spanish
content. And a lot of the Spanish
content we have within this resource are
actually magazines published
in Spanish. So for the most part, they're going
to find Spanish content under the magazine
section here. But we do have that filter
listed all of under all of our content
types. So they can easily navigate to that as
But let's click over. I mentioned on
my slides, the Alzheimer's Association
pamphlets. I really like those.
if you do mention those to a patron or you just
want to look at them yourself if you go under
publication title, since it starts with a, it's
actually listed first here at the
Alzheimer's Association pamphlets.
So let's go ahead and apply that and we can take a look at just
You'll see, we have 51 of them here.
You notice they are a little bit older.
They are from 2008. But what
I like about them is they're
more generic. They're not you
know, talking about the most current treatments
for Alzheimer's. It's things like driving
dressing, bathing, as I mentioned previously,
warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. So
these things aren't necessarily, you know, how you're
going to be treated for Alzheimer's.
It's more um
kind of the, the things that are adjacent to treatment
that some individuals may not think about until
they're having to deal with it. So
let's go ahead and click into one. Why don't we click
driving here? That's, I'm sure a,
a big issue for a lot of, especially
um Children whose parents are suffering with Alzheimer's
is figuring out how they're going to deal with driving
because most likely they will become a point
where they shouldn't be driving anymore and their
Children are going to have to make that decision for their parents.
So we do have a pamphlet specifically
on driving here
and you'll take a look here. It's pretty chunked out
text wise. So it's not just a huge wall
of text for your patrons. You'll see.
sometimes we just give little bullet points
here. So this is looking
for signs of unsafe driving here. So if they
want to kind of take a look at that, they'll be able to do
that. And then we have tips underneath
here that are going to help them. So as opposed to
just kind of a, a full stop, hard
stop, take their keys away, this is going
to give some different strategy that may help
them kind of work more
closely with their parents or with their spouse
or whoever they're taking care of, to
make sure that they can do this with as
little conflict as possible. So this
is really trying to make that individual's
life a little bit easier here.
And what I love about this is
I can mark this up here. So if I find something
really interesting and again, say I'm working with
a sibling or an aunt or an uncle,
or maybe I'm pulling this from my parent,
I can highlight specific bits that are really
important. So maybe I read this,
and showing them the signs of unsafe driving
and maybe they're exhibiting some of them, I can
highlight that. And if I want to share this with
whoever I'm working with, I can
choose to send it right here
and I can send it over to a drive if I want
to save it that way or I can email it.
So if I do want to get this information out of
this platform or maybe just save it for
myself. If I want to save it for my drive,
I can do that right here. I don't need to worry about,
you know, backing out or hitting save somewhere else.
I can also download or print this document
if I prefer, if I want to keep it that way,
you know, printing, sometimes it's more
beneficial if I'm going to be giving this to an elderly
individual as opposed to trying to get them to sign
on and read through that way. So we do have a nice
easy print button right here
and just like that topic page, we do have a get
link button. So again, if you found
this for a patron and you want to share this with a
patron, you can use the get link and that may be
easier Or your patrons can
you know, copy and paste those links somewhere and just use it
later. That way, if they prefer to just collect
links, as suppose to sending documents
to their drive, they'll be able to do that using that
And as your patrons are kind of clicking through
and learning some different information. I want
to point out some of the accessibility tools
that are going to be really helpful, especially in
this sort of circumstance where you may be dealing
with patrons who are having trouble utilizing
computers, reading computers, things like that
first is translate options. So if you have
a large population of non-english
speakers coming into your library, they
have the ability to translate our articles.
Seriously. We have quite a few different languages.
So we do want to keep this as accessible as
possible to anyone speaking a different
language in your library.
It can also increase and decrease the font
size. So this is really handy for individuals
who may have trouble seeing the screen,
you'll see, you can increase the size quite a bit
here to lower that down a little bit though.
Next up, we have some additional display options.
So this is going to make it even more visible.
You'll see if we can choose a background color, whatever
is going to work best for them,
we've got different fonts here. So again, whatever
is going to work the best we do include a dyslexia
font, which I think is a great feature
available here and then we can
change the line letter and word spacing.
So again, as accessible as
we can possibly be, that's our goal here.
So we can really change this to
enhance whatever we're looking at. But I'm going
to go ahead and set back to my default settings for the
final tool next to the display options,
is this listen option. So if
even with the display options, your patron
is just having trouble reading through this
document, maybe paying attention to this document,
they can listen to it, they can have the full text
read to them and it is read to them in whatever
language they translated into. So
if you have a native Spanish speaker who translated
this pamphlet into Spanish and then
they want to listen to it, they'll just hit that listen
button, same as anyone else and it will
read to them in that language it's already translated
to. So in Spanish
on this, right? Hand side, you'll see, we also have
an explorer panel that's going to kind of move
around, to different,
more like this options or different related
subjects. You'll see here, looks like
these, we have a few different newspaper
articles that we've pulled forward. This
one might be a reference article, but they can
kind of click for it this way and move and take
a look. So you'll see here again, a related
subjects. Of course, it's going to be Alzheimer's disease
and elderly drivers are going to meet those
main topics here, but we can click into those
and learn even more.
I'll hit the back button here,
scroll back up
and jump back into our topic page just so we can
briefly take another look here.
So again, our magazines, newspapers are pulled
out, but I want to show you these nice videos.
Generally, they're going to be pretty short. I think
sometimes you may find one
in the five minute range, but usually they're just a few
minutes just giving a kind of a background
of something specific. I can click
into any of these here. Um We'll click into
this first one. Why not
gonna pause it because you won't be able to hear it. Yeah, so this one's five
So I'd just like to point out that
in addition to having just the video itself,
we do include the transcript down here below
So if they prefer to read the transcript of
a video. We always include that here for
them and we do have the option to get
a link to this page as well. So if it's a nice video
that they want to share out, they can get a link
and they, they can take into this page directly
where they'll be able to click into the video.
Now, we've got about five minutes left in this
session and I do want to open up for
any questions. We may have different
pathways to find content or maybe different
content types that you want to take a look at that.
I haven't covered today. We have
this five minutes. I would love to do that while
I'm waiting for anyone to type in questions.
I have some contact information I want to give
you. So if you do have questions, keep typing
them in, I'm going to watch out and I'll answer those. But while
we wait, if you have more questions
about this resource or you want to learn more about
how it can help patrons, you know, dealing
with some other diseases, maybe cancer, things
like that. You have a lot of individuals coming
in looking for that sort of content,
feel free to reach out to your customer success
manager and they can walk you through the resource
a little bit more and go over some different best practices
for using it. If you don't know who your customer
success manager is just send a quick
email to [email protected]
and we'll forward you to the correct
person you'll be able to meet with them
if you don't have Gale health and wellness right now, but you
want to talk about getting it, you can reach out to your sales
consultant. If you don't know who that is, just
go to support.gale.com/repfinder
you'll put in
your library's information and you'll be directed
to that individual.
If you're planning on getting this information out to
patrons, maybe you're looking for marketing materials
or training materials. You can find all
of that on our support site, prec created
it support.gale.com. So you don't need to
reinvent the wheel. You can find
greats, flyers, posters,
tip sheets, resource guides, all
related to this to this resource.
So you can go ahead and access it there.
And if you have the time I do have a training session
survey, I would love for you to take. You'll see.
I've got a QR code right here. If
you can use that, otherwise it will pop
up in your browser once you're done with the session today.
Once you sign off,
we would love to hear back to make sure we're hitting
all of your learning expectations when
you join our session. So please feel free to take
that. If you do have the time
and I haven't seen any questions come in.
So I'm going to go ahead and close out the session. If
you think of you any questions that you weren't able to
ask today, feel free to send me
an email [email protected]
You'll see that email
address when I send you a follow up email later today,
but feel free to email me if you do think of questions
and I appreciate everyone for being on the line with me
today and hopefully we will see you in super
in future sessions. Have
a great day.