Lifelong Learning

Knowledge is power so take advantage of these powerful opportunities!

If you are 60 or older and you live in Clay County, you can take a class through our partnership with these area schools, institutes, hospitals, and career centers, and have up to $30 per term of your class fee PAID!

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KU/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has partnered with Clay County Senior Services to provide an accessible and innovative learning environment for older adults. 

Spring 2022 Osher courses sponsored by Clay County Senior Services

These classes will be held at the Northland Innovation Center, 6889 N Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Clay County residents age 60+ pay just $15 for these 3 courses:

Great Hebrew Prophets – Tuesdays, February 15, 22, March 1;
In this course, we will examine key texts in the oracles of the Hebrew prophets to gain some insight into how these figures were remembered by those who preserved their legacy and the impact their words may have had in the various social, political, and religious contexts in which they were recalled and brought to speech. 
Instructor Barry Crawford, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of religious studies at Washburn University.

The Medical History of the American Presidents – Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23;
This multimedia course details the impact injury and illness have had on the American presidency and, ultimately, United States and world history. The course is designed to be historical, informative, entertaining, at times humorous, and ultimately inspirational and patriotic. 
Instructor Dr. Jay Murphy is a recently retired cardiologist who has spoken widely on this topic and preventive cardiology.

World Mysticism: The Quest to Merge with the Ultimate – Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20; 
There are traditions in both Western and Eastern religions that might be called “spiritual mysticism,” not attached to any religion. We’ll explore examples in world history, examining mystical theories and methods. 
Instructor Jim Gaither, Th.D from Holos University Graduate Seminary. He has taught courses in world religions, metaphysics, and ethics for over 25 years.

See all class offerings and register through the Osher website: or call them at 913-897-8530.




The Aging Mastery Program® was founded by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as a means of offering practical strategies to empower adults to age well. The program is offered several times throughout the year. There is a 10-week standard curriculum and a 12-week caregiver curriculum. These programs are FREE for anyone age 60+ (a $250 value). Materials included.
Please watch our NEWS page for current details. You can also call Paula at 816-595-0086 to find out about the current schedule.

Aging Mastery for Caregivers starts Tuesday, January 11, 2022 for 12 weeks, from 1 til 2:30 pm, both in-person and virtually. Register by calling Northland Shepherd's Center: 816-452-4536.

Aging Mastery Program (core) starts Friday, January 21, 2022 for 10 weeks, 10:00 til 11:30 am at Gladstone Community Center. The class will also be offered virtually. Register with Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts: or 816-423-4200.