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55 Plus Adult Community Education Classes
55 Plus is an older adult community education program in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Catalog available online.

Contact information:
www.mplscommunityed.com


Adventures in Learning - Mpls. Community Education Older Adult Program
A humanities-centered program for older adults housed with Minneapolis School District's Community Education Program, Adventures in Learning offers a variety of humanities courses, mini-courses, lectures, and opportunities for intergenerational educational exchange with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Courses and programs are held throughout Minneapolis in sites that generally include community libraries, senior assisted living residences, and community centers.

Contact information:
commed.mpls.k12.mn.us


Age-ing to Sage-ing Professional Continuing Education Leadership Program
"Age-ing to Sage-ing" programs provide professional continuing education as well as leadership programs for volunteers and seminar leaders. Help is available for on-going "Sage-ing Circles and Sage-ing Centers."

Contact information:
www.allaboutaging.com


AgeNet Eldercare Network
The AgeNet website has resources on the following topics: health, drugs, legal, insurance, financial, caregiving, housing, and shopping.

Contact information:
www.agenet.com


Alliance for Lifelong Learning [TM]
The Alliance for Lifelong Learning is a collaboration between Yale, Oxford, and Stanford universities offering a variety of online courses that can be fit into busy schedules.

Contact information:
www.allianceforlifelonglearning.org


Augsburg College of the Third Age
Founded in the mid 1970s by a small faculty group, Augsburg College of the Third Age aims to offer mature adults the opportunity to expand their learning options in the humanities and liberal arts. Programs are offered upon request at sites where mature learners meet or reside (community senior centers, churches and synagogues, assisted living homes, and senior residences).

Contact information:
www.augsburg.edu/now/archives/fall99/3rd_age.html


Bemidji State University Academy of Lifelong Learning
Bemidji's Academy of Lifelong Learning aims to provide leadership in continuing education for lifelong learners through intellectually challenging lecture programs covering a wide variety of humanities-centered topics.

Contact information:
www.cri-bsu.org/lifelong.html


Bethel University Gerontology Program
Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN offer a M.A. program in Gerontology.

Contact information:
gs.bethel.edu/gerontology


CLUES
CLUES provides services that advance and enhance the quality of Latino's lives in Minnesota. They provide mental health services, chemical health services, family services, aging well services, employment services, and educational services.

Contact information:
www.clues.org


Cannon Valley Elder Collegium
The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC), headquartered in Northfield, provides content-rich, seminar-style courses led by retired faculty. On occasion, shorter series or special one-time programs are also offered.

Contact information:
cvec.org/


Cass Gilbert Society, The
Incorporated in 1998, the Twin-Cities based Cass Gilbert Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of the life and works of acclaimed Minnesota architect Cass Gilbert. Each year the Society sponsors exhibits and lecture series on Gilbert and his works (e.g., the Minnesota State Capitol, the US Customs House in New York City).

Contact information:
www.cassgilbertsociety.org/cgs/about.html


Center for Senior Citizens' Education
The Center for Senior Citizens' Education (CSCE) has been affiliated with the University of St. Thomas for many years. The Center offers a number of programs for senior citizens as a way to enrich their lives and help them continue as active, participating members of the community. It provides a setting in which older adults are encouraged to share their experience and expertise with younger students.

Contact information:
www.stthomas.edu/csce


Center for Third Age Leadership
The Center For Third Age Leadership (CTAL) helps individuals create more personally fulfilling lives after 50 through seminars, retreats and coaching. CTAL also helps organizations maximize productivity by minimizing the impact of an aging workforce and protect at-risk functions by leveraging the value of employee experience.

Contact information:
www.thirdagecenter.com


Center on Aging at Minnesota State University, Mankato
The Center on Aging is dedicated to enhancing the process and prospects of aging for individuals and the community through integrated education, research and service.

Contact information:
sbs.mnsu.edu/gerontology/resources/center-on-aging.html


Center on Aging of the University of Minnesota
The Center on Aging of the University of Minnesota has a listing of links and websites useful for seniors and advocates.

Contact information:
www.hpm.umn.edu/coa/


Compleat Scholar Program
Over 200 unique learning opportunities without grades, exams or credit. Compleat Scholar is designed for adults, serious about the enjoyment of learning and the skills attained. To browse a listing of all current classes visit the website to select a course listing. You can also browse current class descriptions by selecting the menu for subject categories.

Contact information:
www.cce.umn.edu/scholars/


ElderZest
The ElderZest organization studies, teaches, and promotes the zestful living of maturing adults. The mission and goals for ElderZest are captured in the following statement: "ElderZest is dedicated to promoting a positive image of aging and providing encouragement and support for elders to live vital and more purposeful lives. The purpose of ElderZest is to study, teach and promote the zestful living of maturing adults."

Contact information:
elderzest.org/


Elderhostel Intergenerational Programs
Elderhostel now has 120 trips, many priced at just $500 a week, aimed at grandparents and grandchildren doing everything from exploring Irish mythology in Ireland to Colonial history in Williamsburg, Va., to biology on Galveston Island in Texas. Last year, 3,500 "hostellers," aged 55 and older, and over 2,000 young people participated in these programs.

Contact information:
www.roadscholar.org


Emeritus College - College of St. Scholastica
Emeritus College, an outreach program of The College of St. Scholastica, provides multi-session humanities courses to older adults in Duluth, Grand Marais, Two Harbors, and Virginia. Carefully designed by humanities consultants to be intellectually challenging, Emeritus College courses engage participants in discussion and collaborative learning. Contact S. Monge or Chandra Mehrote for additional information.

Contact information:
www.css.edu/x1136.xml


Financial Education Classes
Education to enhance financial security in later life is available through the Cooperative Extension Service. For course information and a catalog visit their website.

Contact information:
www.extension.umn.edu


Global Ideas Bank
The Global Ideas Bank aims to promote and disseminate good creative ideas to improve society. It further aims to encourage the public to generate these ideas, to participate in the problem-solving process. The Global Ideas Bank is a project of the Nicholas Albery Foundation, a UK registered charity

Contact information:
www.globalideasbank.org


Goldstein Museum of Design
An internationally recognized teaching museum located on the U of M ‘s St. Paul Campus, the Goldstein Museum collects, preserves, and documents late 19th- and early 20th-century clothing, textiles, decorative arts, and a graphic arts. The Goldstein mounts four or five special exhibits per year, some of which feature accompanying lecture series.

Contact information:
goldstein.che.umn.edu/


Hennepin County Library
Hennepin County Library is consistently recognized as one of the top library systems in the U.S. Forty-one libraries, online resources and outreach programs serve a diverse population of 1.2 million Hennepin County residents in an area of 611 square miles. Our mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. We envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.

Contact information:
www.hclib.org


Hmong Cultural Center
The Hmong Cultural Center, established in 1992 in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, provides ongoing programs in Hmong arts, culture, and language acquisition. The Center also houses a large archive of Hmong-related books, articles, and multi-media materials.

Contact information:
www.hmongcenter.org


How Seniors Learn
The learning capacity of older adults has direct, practical implications for professionals trying to educate older people and their families about health-care services and benefits, especially Medicare. In this brief, we discuss the issue of how older people learn, exploring research from the field of cognitive aging. We also offer some tips for how you can adapt your educational programs and materials to build on your clients' cognitive strengths and compensate for some of the losses that can occur with aging.

Contact information:
www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/howseniors.pdf


International Qigong Alliance
International Qigong Alliance is a network of Qigong schools, instructors and practitioners, a nonprofit organization, and a global grass roots community. Membership is free and open to all who have interest in Qigong and other forms of subtle-energy cultivation. Contact us for information on the heath and life extension benefits of practicing Qigong; teacher referral and Qigong Tours to China & Tibet.

Contact information:
www.qigong-alliance.org


Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (ISEEK)
The Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (ISEEK) website provides a variety of tools for exploring and making smart choices about your education, career, employment, and business needs. Information is available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

Contact information:
www.iseek.org


Learning Club, The - Winona State University
A humanities-centered learning organization serving retired adults in the Winona area, The Learning Club offers to its members lectures, mini-courses, travel-and-study tours, and intergenerational service opportunities with Winona area K-12 and university students. Most events sponsored by The Learning Club take place in community locations in Winona; the annual membership fee is $20. Contact Pauline Christensen for more information.

Contact information:
www.winonashares.org/ResourcePage2.cfm?record=203


Learning Unlimited
Learning Unlimited was formed in 2001 and is a lifelong learning program. The goal of the program is to provide learning opportunities for older adults in a multitude of areas. Offerings include enrichment courses such as computers, armchair travel, health and fitness; courses and forums in the humanities; trips and other special seminars.

Contact information:
www.morriscommed.org/learning_unlimited.htm


Learning in Retirement Grants
The Minnesota Humanities Commission makes available "Learning in Retirement" grants of up to $6000 for organizations offering humanities-centered classes and programs for older adults.

Contact information:
www.minnesotahumanities.org/Grants/grants.htm


Learning in Retirement Network (LIRN)
The Minnesota Humanities Commission sponsors older adult programs, including the Learning in Retirement Network (LIRN), a statewide association of senior learning organizations.

Contact information:
www.thinkmhc.org/learn.htm


Learning is ForEver (LIFE) - Rochester
The Learning Is ForEver program is sponsored through the Rochester Community and Technical College. The program is committed to lifelong learning as a key to keeping communities productive and healthy. The program currently serves approximately 200 members. Persons desiring to take LIFE courses must be members.

Contact information:
www.rctc.edu/community/seniors/life/index2.html


Lifetime Learning Institute Alexandria
Lifetime Learning Institute in Alexandria was begun in 1989; it offers classes during the day to adults age 50 and older in a variety of humanities and related courses four quarters per year at several locations throughout Alexandria. The Institute serves not only persons living in Alexandria, but those in Brandon, Carlos, Evansville, Garfield, Miltona and Osakis.

Contact information:
www.alexandriamn.org/index.php/community/organizations/L/


Loft Literary Center, The
The Loft Literary Center offers classes, programs, and services for readers and writers. Accomplished writers teach classes and workshops throughout the year. The Loft offers classes in poetry, short story, memoir, fiction, and many other forms. There are practical classes to introduce you to the realities of a writing career: working with agents, submitting to publishers, and more. There are no grades or academic requirements. Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale, with both scholarship and work-study opportunities available.

Contact information:
https://www.loft.org/


Luther Seminary
Luther Seminary has several programs related to the ministry and aging to equip students for creative and responsible leadership roles in congregations and communities.

Contact information:
www.luthersem.edu/


MacPhail Center for the Arts
MacPhail Center for the Arts, located in Minneapolis, is a comprehensive community resource for education and performance experiences in the musical arts that includes people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. This organization offers a variety of music lessons, performance experiences, master classes and other opportunities for the entire family.

Contact information:
www.macphail.org/


Maple Grove Parks and Recreation
The Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board offers classes in humanities, arts, discussions and computers year around for all interested adults. The classes are scheduled on a quarterly basis.

Contact information:
www.ci.maple-grove.mn.us/#


Mapping Your Retirement
Mapping Your Retirement helps you plan a retirement based on your values, interests, and resources. The guide provides information and worksheets on three critical elements of a meaningful retirement: Living Your Life, Maintaining Your Health, and Managing Your Money.

Contact information:
www.mappingyourretirement.org


Medical Bill Survival Guide, The: What You Need to Know Before You Pay a Dime
This book, written by a consumer advocate, helps patients navigate the foreign world of medical billing. It helps consumers to unravel the code of medical bill language, to uncover excessive, duplicate, and undocumented charges, and to deal effectively with insurance companies. It includes a list of consumer advocates. Palmer, P., Ellis, M., and Slone, C. The Medical Bill Survival Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Pay a Dime. (2000). New York: Warner Books. This book was recommended in an AARP magazine. ISBN-13: 978-0446608626


Minneapolis College of Art and Design Continuing Studies
MCAD Continuing Studies program advances the College's mission to the larger community through a diverse range of courses, workshops, lecture series and special events. Continuing Studies offers creative exploration and technical training in the visual arts and design to the general public.

Contact information:
www.mcad.edu


Minnesota Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC)
The Minnesota Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) is part of the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging. Its primary goals are to develop and improve geriatric training programs, bring educational programs on aging issues to practicing clinicians, and stimulate innovative care for older people. The center represents a consortium of Regional Geriatric Education Centers located in the Minnesota communities of Canby, Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Contact information:
coa@tc.umn.edu
www.hpm.umn.edu/coa/MAGEC/


Minnesota SEEK
This website is an interactive directory of environmental education resources for the state of Minnesota. Among other things, it has listings of environmental learning centers, by region.

Contact information:
www.seek.state.mn.us/


Minnesota Safety Council: Driver Safety Course
A driver safety course offered by the Minnesota Safety Council guarantees an insurance discount to drivers 55+. The two-day, eight-hour class initiates a state-mandated 10% reduction in insurance rates.

Contact information:
www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/traffic/mature.cfm


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator is a personality-typing instrument. It is based on Carl Jung's theory that there are four main ways we experience the world: sensing, intuition, feeling, and thinking. The purpose of the assessment is to determine where people fall on the introversion-extroversion scale and their preferences for experiencing the world. It can help you make better employment or educational decisions.

Contact information:
www.myersbriggs.org/


National Park Service
The National Park Service site has information that that includes the following categories: Visit Your Parks; Links to the Past: Histories, Cultures, and Places; Nature Net: Nature and Science in the Park; Park Smart: Education and Interpretation; and Info Zone: Servicewide Information.

Contact information:
www.nps.gov


Next Avenue
Next Avenue will engage, inspire and inform the more than 100 million people who are transitioning into what many see as a new life stage in human development-a stage between young adulthood and "old old." Next Avenue is an expansive online initiative with expert information from trustworthy sources on aging.

Contact information:
www.nextavenue.org


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Clearwater & Polk Counties
Northern Exposure offers spring and fall programming on a variety of programs presented by local experts. For more information, contact Alan Goldberg at 218-444-8339, Judy Engebretson at 218-776-3112, or Ann Beck at 218-694-3232.

Contact information:
218-444-8339
udeygoldberg@msn.com


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a membership-based community of older adults in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who love learning and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals. Members choose from more than 180 courses and activities a year. Activities beyond the classroom include special interest groups, hiking, biking, field trips, and national and international educational tours.

Contact information:
www.cce.umn.edu/olli/


Return to Learning
Many people know they need some career assistance but don't know where to begin. This site has an easy test to show that career and lifelong planning can help. This site also has information on career and lifework planning, tips for adults returning to learning, Back to school advice for adults and on line career resources.

Contact information:
www.lifework.umn.edu/indicator/index.html


Selim Center for Learning in Later Years
The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years (formerly the Center for Senior Citizens Education) is a community outreach program of the University of St. Thomas and presents educational and cultural programs specifically designed to foster and support lifelong learning.

Contact information:
https://www.stthomas.edu/selimcenter/


Senior Citizens Go to College
The College of St. Catherine offers senior citizens (age 55 or older) the opportunity to continue learning by taking academic courses along with college students. Senior citizens are welcome to audit a wide variety of weekday courses on a space available basis. Participate in classes with no tuition, no exams, no credits. "Senior Citizens Go to College" offers a variety of classes at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

Contact information:
minerva.stkate.edu/webtraining/continuing_education.nsf/pages/sgtc


Senior College - Southwest State University, Marshall
Senior College is offered by Southwest State for older adults in southwestern Minnesota. Senior College hopes to attract older adults who live within a 75-mile radius of Marshall. Senior College offers two 6-8 week terms of courses per year. All courses are non-credit and open to any older adult, regardless of educational background. Special tours, lectures, museum visits, and luncheons may augment study circles and courses.

Contact information:
www.smsu.edu/academics/seniorcollege/


Senior Summer School
The Senior Summer School programs run for 2-10 weeks, with classes, lectures, and social activities. In several major cities in the US

Contact information:
www.seniorsummerschool.com


Smart Choices Driving Safety Course
Defensive driving courses are offered by AARP. A driver safety course on "Smart Choices" guarantees an insurance discount to drivers 55+. Enter your zip code to find classes near you.

Contact information:
www.aarp.org/families/driver_safety/wrapper_driver.py


Split Rock Arts Program
The Split Rock Arts Program is the University of Minnesota's series of weeklong, residential workshops in creative writing, visual arts, design, and creativity enhancement. Held on the Twin Cities campus with retreat-style workshops at the Cloquet Forestry Center, 35-40 workshops are offered in June, July, and August of each year, serving artists of all interests, backgrounds, and skill levels.

Contact information:
www.cce.umn.edu/splitrockarts


Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning
Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning, based in Philadelphia, PA, conducts research and evaluation of programs that bring people together across the generations. They offer resource manuals and advice for starting intergenerational programs in communities. Go to the Temple website and in "Temple search" type in Center for Intergenerational Learning

Contact information:
www.temple.edu


Third Age University, Whitney Senior Center - St. Cloud
Third Age University is sponsored by the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. Long recognized for its superb educational and intergenerational offerings, the Third Age University now offers additional humanities-centered education and service opportunities to the residents of the St. Cloud area..

Contact information:
www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/w/Default.aspx


Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International offers free training in public speaking. There are chapters in many locations throughout the United States and across the world. Click on the link to their website for information about how to get or how to start a chapter in your community.

Contact information:
www.toastmasters.org


University for Seniors - University of MN Duluth
University for Seniors, a membership organization housed on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, is a humanities-centered educational adventure for mature adults who seek a continuing education program in an academic environment. University for Seniors is a member-directed organization whose purpose is to provide mature adults with opportunities to find new roles, make new friends, and discover new ideas. Contact Mary Lee Lalich for more information.

Contact information:
www.d.umn.edu/ce/html/us-contact.htm


University of Massachusetts -- Boston Gerontology Program
The University of Massachusetts, Boston, has a one-year certification program in gerontology that is targeted mainly at older learners.

Contact information:
www.geront.umb.edu/


University of Minnesota Career and Lifework Center
The University of Minnesota Career and Lifework Center promotes lifelong learning to help adults move into higher skilled and/or more meaningful lifework. Lifework is defined as encompassing all of one's experiences and contributions and how they evolve throughout life's transitions. This website contains helpful information for adults encountering those transitions.

Contact information:
www.lifework.umn.edu/


University of Minnesota Extension
The University of Minnesota Extension offers a wide variety of services and publications of interest to older adults.

Contact information:
www.extension.umn.edu/


Virtual University
Virtual University is an excellent, free, distance learning resource. It publishes the "Virtual University News," which lists volunteer opportunities and articles that would be of interest to Vital Agers. It gives on-line classes such as Introduction to Philosophy, The ABCs of Grammar, Writing a Press Release, How to be Organized (In Spite of Yourself!) and a wide variety of other useful and fun subjects. It provides a great learn-at-home opportunity.

Contact information:
vu.ksurf.net


Womens Art Registry
WARM supports female visual artists in Minnesota through the development of networks and through programming that provides opportunities for mentoring, education, exhibitions, and professional development.

Contact information:
www.thewarm.org/pages/index.php


Works, The
The Works is a hands-on, minds-on museum of science and technology. Unique, participatory exhibits and educational programs show "how things work" and are open to the public. Classes and workshops - on topics ranging from chemistry to electricity to sound to magnets - can be scheduled for groups of 15 or more people of any age.

Contact information:
www.theworks.org


 

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