Classes and Talks

REGISTER for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at the Center, or Online through this website.  To register online, click on the name of the class or talk you wish to attend.


Hearing Health
Mon, Oct 2
4 – 5:30pm
St Olaf Students from the Speech and Cognition Lab will present a program designed to demystify hearing.  How does the ear work and how does the brain and ear work together so we understand what we hear?  As we age, what changes our hearing and what can we do to maximize our ability to hear and understand? The group will also explain the Speech and Cognition Lab and the current research on hearing that is happening there.

Capacity: 30
Fee: free and open to the public
Instructors: Elaine Marie Grafelman, Brock Carlson

Our Changing Brain
Tue, Oct 3, 10, 17
10 – 11:30am
Our brains, like the rest of our body, changes as we age.  In this three program series we will examine the brain and what is normal and abnormal aging for this amazing organ.

  1. The Brain 101 St Olaf Professor Dr. Jessica Petok will discuss  what we know about the brain, brain functions and complexity, neuroplasticity, and how age affects the different functions of the brain in normal aging
  2. Dr. Ed Lufkin will cover how to keeping the brain healthy: What makes a difference: basic elements of keeping the brain healthy and debunking myths about drugs, herbs, and brain exercises
  3. Dr. Bob Aby will discuss  Alzheimer’s and related dementias: types of dementia, signs of atypical cognitive decline, and factors other than aging that cause dementia like symptoms

Capacity: 30
Fee: $21/mn/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructors: See above

ABCDs of Medicare
Tue, Oct 3
5:30 – 7:30pm
Name of Program: ABCDs of Medicare
Dates: October 3, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Description of Program
If you are soon to be turning 65 and eligible for Medicare you need to become Medicare savvy. This class presented by Chad Wojchik from the Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, will help you understand more about this program, how to get the most from your Medicare benefits, and the how to make choices for supplement parts C and D. Pre-registration is required.

Capacity: 25
Fee: $7/nm, $$4/m, $0 plat equiv
Instructor: Chad Wojchik

Saying the “D” Word: Dialogues of Death, Dying, D’Life
Thu, Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14, 28
1 – 2:30pm
Join in on participant led dialogues regarding what really matters in our life and becoming more comfortable with talking about the inevitable. We all know how this ends, lets discuss our thoughts and feelings regarding “dash” of life.

Capacity: 15
Fees: $7/nm, $4/m, $0/plat equiv  (Per Class)
Instructors:  Paul and Barb Krause

Aging with Gusto
Sat, Oct 14
12 – 5pm
Whether we’re 6, 66 or 106, aging is happening to all of us…if we’re lucky.  That’s not going to change. But what can change is how we view aging and how we treat one another and ourselves as we age.  Aging with Gusto is a program of the Vital Aging Network that provides opportunities for people to examine their views about aging, to increase awareness of misconceptions and biases about older adults and develop ideas for how to “age with gusto.”  Come for a lively and interactive afternoon of life-changing discussions and activities.

Capacity: 40
Fee: free and open to the public
Instructors: Vital Aging Network personnel

CPR and First Aid and AED Training
Tue, Nov 7
3:30 – 6:30pm
Become CPR and First Aid Certified

Capacity: 10

Fee: $10 for Staff/Monitors, $45/nm, $30/m, $10//Plat. Equiv.
Instructor: TJ Heinrcy