61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Mark your calendars for the Spring 2021 term of the Lifelong Learning Institute, with online classes to begin on March 15!
Courses are taught by volunteers, including professors, practitioners and others in a non-competitive environment, with each class meeting for approximately two hours. Join the community of lifelong learners 55 and older for the exciting classes presented below.
Registration for the Spring 2021 term has closed. Please check back for information on the Fall 2021 term and be sure to join our email list to be kept up-to-date.
We look forward to seeing you this spring!
Mondays (March 15, 22, 29, April 5) from 1-3 p.m.
This 4-part course will be a consumer-oriented introduction and overview of health care reform. The need for health care reform is described well by the National Institute of Health Policy: “Healthcare reform refers to a process of changing the system and how it works to make it better for all Americans. Healthcare reform is not something that can happen overnight or that will be easy.” Quality, cost, accessibility, and waste are pressing issues that are important for all of us to understand. Session topics are: Why We Need Health Care Reform: An Overview; What is Value in Health Care?; Patient-Centered Care: The Consumer Movement; and Trends and Issues: Health and Health Care in 2030 and Beyond.
Tuesdays (March 16, 23, 30, April 6) from 10 a.m. - noon
Looking for ideas, information and inspiration for spring gardening? Delaware County Master Gardeners will offer a series of gardening topics that include native plants, weed identification, herbs, and bees and other pollinators. The sessions are designed for ‘green thumb’ beginners to seasoned gardeners.
Wednesdays (March 17, April 14) from 10 a.m. - noon
Join other curious and concerned citizens in exploring a topic of interest while advancing scientific research. Organized by SciStarter, a non-profit organization that directs connections between thousands of scientists/project leaders and millions of potential citizen scientists, participants will join in collaboration with scientists on identified projects. Activities can include, depending on your selected project, collecting data by taking photos of clouds or streams, documenting changes in nature, using smartphone sensors to help scientists monitor water and air quality or playing games to help advance health and medical research – with many activities done from home. The two sessions include an introduction to citizen science, celebration of Citizen Science Month 2021 in April, selection of projects and follow-up to discuss experiences with the chosen projects. In the weeks the class doesn’t formally meet, participants will be involved with their selected project. For most, the citizen scientist will receive a project update from the relevant scientist/project leader.
A variety of topics are offered to explore.
Wednesdays (March 24, 31, April 7, 21) from 10 a.m. - noon
Wednesdays (March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21) from 1-3:30 p.m.
With the topic of immigration frequently in the news, this course will address many related aspects including an historical overview; U.S. government statutes and practices such as quotas, naturalization, and green cards; and research on immigration patterns on the local and regional level as well as offer observations and experiences of recent immigrants in Ohio.
Thursdays (March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22) from 10 a.m. - noon
What is this uniquely American role of “First Lady” and how did it gain all the responsibilities and expectations it has today? From the very first first ladies who had to make decisions on their roles without previous examples, to progressive first ladies, model wives and secret politicians, this course will explore the multiple and evolving roles of first ladies including emerging expectations and pushing the limits. Ohio’s first ladies will be highlighted including Lucy Webb Hayes, Helen Taft and Florence Harding. A fun fact – Lucy Webb Hayes was Ohio Wesleyan’s first female student.
Thursdays (March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22) from 1-3:30 p.m.
This interactive, online, six-week workshop provides tools to set your own goals and make step-by-step plans to improve your health, regaining control of the things that matter to you!
Healthy U is for you if you:
Topics include setting and achieving personal goals; strategies to deal with pain, stress, fatigue, and depression; using physical activity to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance; how to use medications safely and appropriately; and better ways to talk with your doctor and your family about your pain.
Note: Enrollment is limited to 18 participants.
Jim Mendenhall, OWU ’73, Retired Development Director; Clare Decker, Community Education and Initiatives Manager, SourcePoint; and Community Members
Fridays (March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16) from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
This class looks to build on this past fall’s book discussion of How to Be an Antiracist with further exploration of next steps in addressing racism. Each week will focus on community approaches, drawing in part on current initiatives with attendees encouraged to develop their own action plan. This class welcomes those who attended the fall class as well as those who are joining the class for the first time. New participants will be provided the syllabus from last fall and are asked to read the chapters identified in the syllabus from How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram Kendi.
Note: Registrants new to the class can acquire a copy of the book either through the Delaware County District Library or a bookstore.