Lifelong Learning

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class
Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.

 

 

Living Well with Diabetes

Date: Mondays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9,16,23  | 2:00-4:30 pm
Location: Room 106
Fee: $42 for members/ $54 for non-members/ Free to Platinum and Equivalent.
Capacity: 20

The Living Well with Diabetes is a 6-week participatory workshop that focuses on key diabetes self-management skills, including the relationship between food and blood sugar levels and healthy eating with diabetes. It is designed for any adult with Type 2 Diabetes.  Participants will learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear, and frustration.  We will also discuss physical activity, appropriate use of medications, and working with healthcare providers. Workshops are interactive and focus on peer support with setting goals and making step-by-step plans to improve their health.  A resource book is provided for class participants.

 

Heart to Heart Communication

Date: Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3,10, 1:00-3:00
Location: Room 106
Fees: $36 non-members, $28 members, Free for Platinum and equivalent
Capacity: 20

Do you feel frustrated or hurt while trying to have a conversation on a topic that is emotionally charged?  Is it hard for you to clearly express your views to others? Do you know how to respond to someone who is verbally aggressive? Are you postponing a difficult conversation because you don’t know how?

We often talk to each other without actually communicating. We only listen halfheartedly, and we don’t feel heard. As a result, we often don’t get what we need and feelings get hurt.

This workshop is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” method. We will explore and practice how to effectively communicate our own needs and feelings without fear, shame or guilt, and how to truly hear what others feel and what they need from us. We will learn techniques for connecting with ourselves and others, by speaking from the heart, without blaming or judging.

Michaela Brenner is a Mental Health Therapist (MA) with a passion for developing internal strengths, intuition, knowledge and wisdom.

 

The History and Sites of the Former Yugoslavian Republic

Thursday, March 22, 9:00-11:00, Room 106

The former Yugoslavian Republic is home to a very diverse population has a long history of ethnic  strife. St. Olaf professor, Paddy Dale will present a history of the formation of Yugoslavia after WWI, the rise of nationalism and the final breakup in the 1090s that reestablished the lines of national affiliation and the events and conditions that prompted the breakup.

Dr. Dale will also show sites that will be visited in an October tour that will show not only the region’s unique history, but also its beautiful lakes, rivers and coastline, rugged  mountains , quaint villages and walled medieval cities

Fees for members: $7 members/non-members; free for Platinum and Equivalent

Capacity: 24

Home Health Care

Wednesday, March 28, 9:00-10:00, Room 103

Caring for yourself or a loved one can be challenging after an accident, illness or surgery. Healthcare professionals can focus on your health and well-being to keep you safe and comfortable in your home or senior community.

Elizabeth Gionfriddo from Home Health Care Inc. and Legacy Home Care will present a comprehensive view of home care services including; Who is appropriate for home care, how to initiate services, general costs, caregiver training plus background checks of potential caregivers and clinicians in your home.

Fees:  free and open to the public

Capacity: 24

Parkinson’s and Neurological Disorders

Date: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, (Tuesdays) | 10-11AM
Fee: Non Members $9 per class, Members $7 per class, Platinum Equiv. FREE
Instructor: Marcy Kramer

Parkinson’s and Neurological disorders – This course will include a comprehensive overview of symptoms, treatment and diagnosis of Parkinson’s and other related neurological disorders. It will also go more in depth into treatment and, more specifically therapeutic interventions in order to improve symptoms and function. The course will also include specific treatment options with Physical therapy and fall prevention strategies specific for this population. This course is taught by an LSVT BIG certified physical therapist.

Dementia: Everything You Thought You Knew

Date: May 15,  22. 29, June 5, 12, 19 (Tuesdays) | 10-11AM
Fee: Non Members $9 per class, Members $7 per class, Platinum Equiv. FREE
Instructor: Marcy Kramer

This course will include a comprehensive overview of symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, and will include specifics about different types of dementia. It will dive more in depth to diagnosis and preventive strategies to keep your mind sharp. This course will also detail caregiver strategies and caregiver resources for this population. This course is taught by a physical therapist.

Fall Prevention: Help I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

 Instructor: Marcy Kramer

This course will include a comprehensive overview of fall prevention strategies, home modification strategies and techniques for increased gait stability in order to prevent falls. The course will also include specifics about different balance test to predict your risk of falls and what areas specifically need improvement. The course will also include information on when it’s safe to try to get up off the floor in the case of a fall, and how to get off the floor with and without assistance. This course if taught by a physical therapist.

Nuclear Security and Proliferation

Date: Wednesday, April 25 | 9:30-11AM
Fee: Non Members and Member, $7 Platinum Equiv. FREE
Location: 103
Instructor: Bruce W. Morlan

What is the changing role nuclear weapons have had in history? What is the role of Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) and Strategic Arms ReductionTreaties (START) in attempting to control their power? We will review the nature of the weapons, and follow their transformation from being an extension of classical warfare into a new realm of Mutual Assured Destruction. Along the way, we will discuss the use of game theory to better understand the role nuclear weapons play in deterrence. What is the changing role nuclear weapons have had in history? What is the role of Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) and Strategic Arms ReductionTreaties (START) in attempting to control their power? We will review the nature of the weapons, and follow their transformation from being an extension of classical warfare into a new realm of Mutual Assured Destruction. Along the way, we will discuss the use of game theory to better understand the role nuclear weapons play in deterrence.

 

If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Chris Ellison at 664-3707

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