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. 

Autumn 2022 Osher courses sponsored by Clay County Senior Services

These 3 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 2 courses:

Eugenics: Building the Perfect Race with instructor Karl Menninger; 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 on Wednesdays
Eugenics is a theory that the human race could be improved if positive characteristics (e.g. intelligence, attractiveness) were passed on to the next generations and if undesirable characteristics (e.g. mental disability, inheritable diseases) were eliminated from the gene pool. We'll discuss how it was used in Nazi Germany and also look at its legacy today, with genetic engineering and population control.

George Washington Carver: Scientist and Inventor born into slavery with instructor Jim Peters; Tuesdays 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 
Shortly after his birth as a slave in southwest Missouri, George Washington Carver, his sister and their young mother were kidnapped by slave raiders. We'll review Carver's successes in developing products from cotton, soybeans, sweet potatoes and peanuts; sharing advanced techniques with struggling farmers; advocating for racial harmony; and visiting Mahatma Gandhi to discuss nutrition developing nations.

Burns Bagpipes, and Barleycorn with instructor Thomas Fox Averill; 11/22, 11/29, 12/6 on Tuesdays 
Three strands of Scottish culture braid themselves together in a class that celebrates the essentials of Scotland. Learn to appreciate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Learn about the kilt, and enjoy a demonstration of bagpipe tunes and different pipes. Learn about Scotland with a lesson on single malt whisky --including some Scotch smells --regions, flavors and lore.

Here is a flyer for Fall: Osher in Clay Co Fall 2022

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 and Aging Mastery Program (core) will offer more classes in Fall 2022. Check back for details.