All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Thursday courses

Winter 2018 Semester

Upcycled Beading on Felt [4 SESSIONS]

10:00 a.m.–Noon, Moss B
Thursdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15

You will use beads and jewelry pieces from my “stash” and loads of beads given to me just for this class. Projects can vary with your time and interest. There is no Right or Wrong way to create jewelry! This is ART!

Instructor: Patti DoyleI is the retired Professor of Costume Design from Stephens College. She exhibits at the Columbia Art League’s Central Bank of Boone County show each year and had a booth at the Artlandish Gallery on Walnut Street, in Columbia, Mo. 

MU School of Music – A Centennial History [2 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss A
Thursdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1

Dr. Julia Gaines will present on the history of the MU School of Music and share related musical snippets as the School celebrates 100 years of excellence. Julia will discuss the many special events organized on campus during the past century and how the School has impacted the state of Missouri.

Instructor: Dr. Julia Gaines is Director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri. She received her DMA from the University of Oklahoma, her Master’s and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor’s from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Her first solo CD, Tiger Dance, was released by Centaur Records in April 2017. Her first pedagogical book, Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 is the only beginning four-mallet marimba book of its kind.

Better Health at Any Age [2 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss A  
Thursdays: Feb. 8, 15

Feb. 8: Food Sensitivities:
What They Are, and What to Do About Them

Allergies and the number of people affected by them have grown by leaps and bounds in our lifetime. In the last few years we have heard of more and more occurrences of food sensitivities. What is the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity? How do you know if you have one or the other, and what is to be done about them? Join us as we discuss the four signs that may mean that you have one or more food sensitivities, along with a brief explanation of how each may occur. We’ll also be reflecting on ways to re-normalize the body after it has been ravaged by sensitivities. 

Feb. 15: Revving Up for Spring: 12 Easy Steps to Better Health

As longer, lighter days gain momentum, and we think about warmer weather activities and more exercise, thoughts naturally turn to things like “getting in shape,” “eating better,” and, in general, thinking more about improvements that might be made to our health and lifestyle. Good plan, except for the acknowledgement of the many and varied ways winter has led us to many comfort foods, inadequate exercise, seasonal stressors, and too many nights with not enough sleep to be functioning at our best. In this class, we’ll look at many possibilities and break them down into 12 easy-to-manage, doable steps with some rationale about why each of them is important. We’ll have time for discussion, questions and answers, and some fun, nutrient-dense, delicious snacks during each session.

Instructor: Jane W. Smith (DMin, AADP, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Specialist) has been a student of nutrition and healthy living all of her adult life, and believes that getting older doesn’t have to mean living with chronic conditions, aches and pains, and excess weight. Jane is the owner of Abundant Raw Life, where she provides health coaching programs and raw food preparation classes to people seeking healing from illnesses and overall improved wellness and vitality.  

Health Care Information Series [4 SESSIONS]

1:00–2:30 p.m., Moss A 
Thursdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

Jan. 25: Medicare News for 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare and other health care programs, has news to share about new cards being mailed to people on Medicare to protect them from healthcare fraudulent activity. Spend some time with Medicare officials hearing about what’s new in 2018, other related programs that may be beneficial to you, and get answers to your questions about Medicare. A short presentation will be delivered followed by a longer Q&A period to hear directly from those who are on Medicare and/or from their caregivers.

Instructors: Julie Brookhart is the Public Affairs Specialist in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Kansas City Regional Office. Julie has worked for CMS for about 23 years in Media Relations, Outreach, Education and Partnership Development. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she handles both reactive, and proactive, media relations to promote the initiatives and programs of CMS, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act.  

Elissa Balch is a Health Insurance Specialist for CMS, Kansas City Regional Office.  Elissa has worked for CMS for about 7 years and has experience working in several different divisions and in several different regions. Elissa initially began her career in the Division of Medicare Health Plan Operations, which oversees the Medicare Managed Care, Medicare Prescription Drug and the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Plans that contract with our federal agency to offer health insurance to consumers.

Feb. 1: Supporting People Affected by Alzheimer’s

This session will cover basic information on Alzheimer’s, provide tips on enhancing daily life and point to resources available in Missouri.

Instructor: Elyse Murrell, MSW, is the Education Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter.

Feb. 8: Estate and Nursing Home Planning

This session will feature legal estate-planning tips for a generation that is living longer, but experiencing higher rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Specific topics to be covered: irrevocable vs. revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, long-term care insurance, and asset protection for people living in nursing homes.

Instructor: Brett Barton is a ‘98 graduate of the University of Missouri Law School. He is an attorney with The Barton Law Firm, LLC, which has offices in Columbia, Mo., and Johnston, Iowa.  The firm’s practice is limited to the areas of estate planning and nursing home planning. Mr. Barton is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a frequent speaker on the federal and state Medicaid laws.

Feb. 15: Senior Care in our Community

Caregiving can be rewarding and complicated.  90% of all care is provided by family and friends of the individual needing assistance, and it is almost always unpaid. However, life goes on and the individual and his/her care partner can navigate the options and have a rewarding relationship.  This session will feature a review of the care options available in our community, followed by a discussion of caregiver health.

Instructor: As Director of MU Adult Day Connection, Jerry W. Kiesling, LCSW, Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, continues his lifelong work with Seniors and individuals with disabilities. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a BA in Business. His greatest goal is to honor the life of the individuals he serves and teach others to do the same.

Dealing with the Difficult Issues: Learning and Using Advanced Dialogue Techniques [4 SESSIONS]

1:30–3:00 p.m., Moss B
Thursdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15

“Dialogue” refers to a set of communication skills that promote understanding, build collective wisdom and help to navigate conflict in productive ways. This course will look at ways to work through some of the most difficult issues of our time.  Even if you missed prior classes on basic dialogue skills and civility, you will be able to learn and participate in these classes. All sessions will involve some interactive activity.

Jan. 25: Stories of Wisdom and Other Approaches to Defusing Bias and Hate

Can you build a dialogue with people who hate you or others? You can. This session will review how.

Feb. 1: Disruptive Questions and Invitation: Recognizing and Working Through Cognitive Errors 

Cognitive Errors are thinking patterns that lead us astray. In this session we will review 14 patterns that affect our public discourse and how to ask questions that disrupt those patterns and encourage more productive discourse.

Feb. 8: Mapping and Navigating Through Difficult Issues

In this session, we will take two or three current issues voted on by prior classes, map them to common sources of conflict and chart a course for moving through them.

Feb. 15: What’s Going On? A Review of Local and National Efforts to Work Through Our Political Divides

In this session we will look at ongoing national and local efforts that are using dialogue to build bridges that overcome partisan and other divides.  If you are looking to make a difference, this session will help you identify with whom you might work.

Instructor: Sarah J. Read has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex issues as an attorney, mediator, facilitator, and consultant on conflict resolution processes.  Sarah served on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution and received the President’s Award from the Association of Missouri Mediators in 2010. Ms. Read received her B.A. Degree, cum laude, from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin Bars and the American and Chicago Bar Associations.