Senior Programming

Senior Programming Classes Designed For the Adventurous Mature Adult

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Senior Programming at Lane Community College's Mary Spilde Downtown Center strives to enhance the lives of mature adults, and those who serve them.

Explore new careers, including those related to work with older adults. Cultivate new skills in small and inviting learning communities. Enjoy stimulating interactive courses in a variety of disciplines. We also offer excellent onsite trainings, tailored for those working in senior-related businesses. If you don't see a class you would like to take or teach, let us know. At Senior Programming, your quest for learning never ends!

Upcoming Offerings - Fall 2022

Through Elder Health and Living Memory Village

This 10-week educational seminar offers a unique opportunity for persons with a memory loss disease AND their care partners to gain valuable education and support. Each session features a local professional offering information about memory loss and the community support services available. There will be opportunities for questions and support for participants.

  • Date: September 6th November 8th, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 am 12:00 pm
  • Location: Eugene, to be determined. Our goal is to resume in-person classes for our fall session.
  • To register: Visit the Elder Health and Living Memory website, or call Willow Cordain at 541-852-3311.
  • Fee: $100 per family, Scholarships Available

10-Week Educational Series Topics

Week 1 Memory Loss 101: 9/6/2022

Getting comfortable with Zoom meeting platform and introductions all around. Differences risk factors, medications currently available, and what the progression looks like.

Week 2 Understanding Your Diagnosis and Working with Your PCP: 9/13/2022

Explore Alzheimer's and related memory loss diseases, including diagnosis and symptoms. Tips on how to communicate with your doctor or health care provider and prepare for hospital visits. Taught by a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Week 3 Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care and Communication Skills: 9/20/2022

The principles of person-centered care are introduced, as well as effective ways to respond to communication and behavior issues with a person who has a memory loss disease. Support group resources are given.

Week 4 Resiliency with Grief and Loss/Preparing for an Ambulance Visit: 9/27/2022

What is grief and what do we do with it? Coping strategies for recognizing and living with loss and grief reviewed. Learn from the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department on how best to prepare for an emergency when you need an ambulance.

Week 5 Legal and Financial Considerations: 10/4/2022

An elder-law attorney answers questions concerning long-term care, estate matters and Medicaid eligibility requirements that cover costs for care communities.

Week 6 Transportation, Safety, and Independence: 10/11/2022

Learn how memory loss affects driving skills, strategies for when it's time to give up the car keys, and maintaining independence. Learn about keeping someone safe in and out of their home with technology, tracking devices, and other safety techniques, including firearms.

Week 7 Normal Aging vs. Aging with a Neurocognitive Impairment: 10/18/2022

Learn common health conditions and behaviors associated with various forms of memory loss and how to form a response to them that is understanding and useful. Taught by a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Week 8 Family Dynamics and Caring for the Care Partner: 10/25/2022

Strategies for recognizing and lowering care partner stress, and why this is so important. Includes specific, practical and local resources for caregiver support.

Week 9 Community Resources: 11/1/2022

Types of care communities reviewed with in-depth explanation of memory care. Hospice and Palliative care options reviewed.

Week 10 Healthy Living for Cognitive Wellness/Lighting & the Aging Brain: 11/8/2022

An interactive session from an LPN and a Naturopathic Doctor on strategies for improving brain health through nutrition, exercise, and cognitive wellness activities. We discuss new research on lighting, sleep and their dementia connection. Learn how to respond when a loved one does not acknowledge their memory loss symptoms. Graduation Party to follow!


This is a no-cost series, co-sponsored by Senior Programming/Lane Community College and Signature Home Health & Hospice of Eugene, being presented by Abby Gershenzon, Community Education Coordinator of Signature Hospice.

October 19, 2022 - Memory Loss 101

This education program covers differ­ences between typical aging and dementia, what Alzheimer's disease is and how it affects the brain, and the most common other types of dementia. You will learn about risk factors for the disease, the medications currently available to treat Alzheimer's and other dementias, how to get a diagnosis, and what the progression looks like.

October 26, 2022- Interacting With Your Loved One With Memory Loss

What are communication changes that take place during the course of this disease and how can you respond in a way that will have a positive out­come? What strategies can be used to address the sometimes-challenging behaviors that can be symptoms of dementia?

November 2, 2022 - Caring for the Caregiver

This program discusses how to recognize and avoid the pitfalls of care partner stress. The second half is a guide to care partner support throughout the disease, with specific, practi­cal, and local resources to turn to. Ways to facilitate smooth transitions and assess living situations will be discussed, with the emphasis on keeping the care partner healthy through it all.

How to Register for Classes

If you need help with registration or have questions about Senior Programming classes, please call us at (541) 463-6262.

Senior Programming Classes Offered with a Partner Organization

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If you would like to register for or have questions about an Senior Programming class being offered in collaboration with any of our partners, please contact the partner organization listed below directly unless noted otherwise.

  • AARP
    (888) 227-7669
  • Campbell Community Center
    (541) 682-5318
  • ElderHealth & Living "Living with Memory Loss"
    (541) 747-1755
  • DevNW
    (541) 345-7106
  • Senior & Disabled Services "Living Well with Chronic Conditions"
    (541) 682-4103

Register online for all other Senior Programming and Continuing Education classes 

Contact Senior Programming

Elaine Eiler-Mough - Instructional Coordinating Specialist

Lane Community College
Mary Spilde Downtown Center
101 W. 10th Avenue - Suite 232
Eugene, OR 97401
Remote options available, see the Course page for details.
LCC is closed on Fridays during summer term.