Senior Programming

Senior Programming Classes Designed For the Adventurous Mature Adult

SAI volunteers and client celebrating birthday

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!

Winter 2023

10-Week Educational Series Topics

Week 1 Memory Loss 101: 1/10/2023

Introductions all around. Differences between typical aging and dementia, how Alzheimer’s
and other dementias affect the brain, risk factors, medications currently available, and what
the progression looks like.

Week 2 Understanding Your Diagnosis and Working with Your PCP: 1/17/2023

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: 1/24/2023

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: 1/31/2023

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: 2/7/2023

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: 2/14/2023

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: 2/21/2023

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: 2/28/2023

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: 3/7/2023

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/Senior & Disability Services: 3/14/2023

An interactive session on strategies for improving brain health through nutrition, exercise,
and cognitive wellness activities. A representative from Senior & Disability Services will
explain resources offered to community care partners and families of loved ones with a
memory loss disease. Learn how to respond when a loved one does not acknowledge their
memory loss symptoms. Graduation Party to follow!


Good Samaritan Society, Eugene Village
3500 Hilyard St., Eugene, OR 97405 (in the chapel)
Visit our website
or call Willow Cordain @ 541.852.3311 or
Abby Gershenzon @ 541.200.4045, to register.
Fee: $100 per family, Scholarships Available
Offered in partnership with
Lane Community College


January | Enero

  • Fundaciones Financieras (Zoom), 5:30pm-7:30pm, miercoles, 4, 11, 18, 25 de enero
  • DIY Investing (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, January 4
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Side Hustle (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, January 11
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, January 14
  • Home Energy Savings (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, January 18
  • Inversion de DIY (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, jueves, 26 de enero
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, January 28


February | Febrero

  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Student Debt, (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, February 2
  • Fundaciones de Comprar Vivienda (Zoom), sabado, 9am-5pm, 4 de febrero
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Love and Money (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, February 8
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, February 11
  • ITIN, Impuestos y Desarrollo de Bienes, (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, miercoles, 15 de febrero
  • Wills & Advanced Directives, (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, February 22
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, February 25

March | Marzo

  • Financial Foundations (212 Main St, Springfield), Wednesdays,  March 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Home Maintenance (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, March 1
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • ITIN, Impuestos y Desarrollo de Bienes (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, jueves, 8 de marzo
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, March 11
  • Extreme Couponing (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, March 15
  • House Hacking (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, March 22
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, March 25


April | Abril

  • Fundaciones Financieras (212 Main St, Springfield), 5:30-7:30pm, miercoles, 5, 12, 19, 26 de abril
  • Social Security Planning (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, April 5
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, April 8
  • Cupones Extremos (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, jueves, 13 de abril
  • Fundaciones de Comprar Vivienda (Zoom), Saturday, 15 de abril
  • Side Hustle (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, April 19
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, April 22
  • Secundo Negocio (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, jueves, 27 de abril

May | Mayo


  • Fundaciones Financieras (Zoom), 5:30pm-7:30pm, lunes-jueves, 1, 2, 3, 4 de mayo
  • Wills & Advanced Directives (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, May 13
  • DIY Investing (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, May 10
  • Financial Foundations (212 Main St, Springfield), 5:30-7:30pm, Monday-Thursday, May 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Inversion de DIY (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, miercoles, 17 de mayo
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, May 22
  • Student Debt (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, May 24

June | Junio

  • Homebuying Foundations (212 Main St, Springfield), 9am-5pm, Saturday, June 3
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Home Maintenance (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, June 8
  • Homebuying Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, June 10
  • Renting and Your Rights (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, June 14
  • Fundaciones de Comprar Vivienda (Zoom), sabado, 9am-5pm, 17 de junio
  • Alquilando y Sus Derechos (Zoom), 5:30-7:30pm, jueves, 22 de junio
  • Financial Foundations (Zoom), 9am-5pm, Saturday, June 24



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.