Lifelong Learning Classes

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

Advance Care Planning: What it is, why it matters, how to begin

Thursday, June 24

Health Care Directives, the instructions you give to your loved ones for medical decision-making, life-prolonging treatment, and end-of-life care, are not easy to write.  These plans should be completed after discussions with your family and careful thought as to what your wishes really are — a process called Advance Care Planning.  This class will help you along that journey.  We will learn about the steps of Advance Care Planning and explore some hard questions about hopes, fears and what really matters to you, as this informs your preferences for end-of-life medical care and support.  What you learn about Advance Care Planning and about yourself will prepare you to effectively complete your own Health Care Directive.   Materials for completing directives and discussing your wishes and your care plan with your family will be available to participants.

Instructors:  Susan Lohmann, MSW, LICSW and Anne Meyer Ruppel, RN, CNP (retired).
Both Susan and Anne are Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitators
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Room:  103



The United States Flag: Origins, Evolution and Symbolism

Tuesday, June 29

The United States Flag is an important, perhaps, the most important, symbol of our identity and national pride. The history of the Flag reflects the history of our Nation itself. Join us to hear that story.

Presenter: David Jones
Capacity:  20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Room:  103




Choose one of two dates

Information Session: CaptionCall Phones

Thursday, July 8


Information Session: CaptionCall Phones

Tuesday, July 27

Do you struggle to hear or understand what people are saying to you on the phone? Would it be nice to not only hear, but SEE what people are saying to you on the phone? Well, do we have a solution for you!
David Johnson with CaptionCall Phones will be talking about a revolutionary Caption Phone service. The Caption Phone service is federally funded and is an absolute “no cost service to those that qualify”.  It is a provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and has helped thousands and thousands of individuals that struggle to hear on the phone. He will be talking about how to receive this ‘No Cost Service”, and about the products themselves. A demo phone will be available, so you can get a hands-on experience as well. They also offer a red carpet service where a trainer will set up the phone for you and train you how to use it at your place of residence.

Presenter: David Johnson
Capacity:  20
No fee



Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tuesdays, August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21

The Active Aging Programs, Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, is offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This free group workshop is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Whether you are helping a parent, spouse, or friend who lives at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, you will benefit from the tools presented in this program. You will learn strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face, as well as how to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, make tough decisions, and reduce feelings of guilt, anger, and depression.
(6 sessions)

Registration is NOT handled through FiftyNorth.
To register or for more information, call or email Marlene at Catholic Charities; 507-450-1518,
Please register by August 6, 2021 as seats are limited.
Presenters: The Active Aging Program
Capacity: 15
Cost: No fee
Room:  103