Senior Learning Program
The Senior Learning Program is an educational service designed to meet the learning and fitness needs of senior adults. This program is educationally based with an emphasis on social interaction between participants. Senior Learning Program enables older adults, age 60 and over, to remain active and independent members of their families and communities.
The goals of the Senior Learning Program are to emphasize and help each participant:
History: The Senior Learning Program has offered classes on a continuing basis since its inception in 1990. During the first three years, the program more than doubled each year and continues to grow.
In January 2000, a new computer lab was added to Hoover Center with six computers installed and networked to a teacher's station, scanner, and printer. Computer classes are specifically designed to instruct the senior population.
In August 2000, Senior Learning Program began an Outreach Program with classes starting in Perry Park Center, Perryville Missouri; Marble Hill Nutrition Center and Hickory Hill Apartments Recreation Room, Marble Hill, Missouri; First Baptist Church Community Room, Oak Ridge, Missouri and the Delta Community Center in Delta, Missouri. In Summer 2003, the Outreach Program added classes at Jackson Senior Center.
Eligibility: Senior Learning Program targets active individuals who are 60 years of age and older with an interest in self improvement and mental stimulation.
Facilities: The Senior Learning Program is housed at the Hoover Center located on Southeast Missouri State University campus. Classes are held at various locations on campus and accessible locations within the communities of Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Oak Ridge, and Delta, Missouri.
Class Fees: Minimal fees are charged for the classes and cost does vary with the amount of time and instruction provided.
Class Offerings: A variety of classes are offered each semester including the areas of Special Interest, Humanities, Computers and Fitness. Check below for examples of typical classes.
Funding Agencies: Appreciation is expressed to the funding agencies, without whose financial support, programming and staffing would be impossible.
Citizens Services Fund Board -- Cape County
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have
to know how to swim to take any of the fitness aquatic
it is not necessary to
know how to
swim. Exercises are performed in chest deep water (about 4
ft) to stand comfortably with shoulders submerged when doing upper
Can older adults with arthritis exercise? For many years it was thought that people with arthritis and related conditions should not exercise. Today, however, doctors and therapists know exercise can improve your health without hurting your joints. Click the link to the Arthritis Foundation for more information.
the class size, length of class period, and are classes offered on a continuing
are generally one hour in length and have approximately 20 students in each
class. Classes are taught for 14-16 weeks. Of course, there
are exceptions to that rule. For example, computer classes are generally
taught for two hours each and only 6 students are enrolled in each class due to
the limited number of computers.
Fax: Send completed registration form to:
Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Persons on a waiting list will be notified as openings occur. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each class unless otherwise noted Registration secures a space in class for each participant. Early sign up is advised. A limit of 25 are allowed in most scheduled courses, but some course limits are less due to instructor request or limitation of facility.
Physician Permission Form: Each participant enrolled in a fitness class is required to have a physician's form completed and on file at the Hoover Center. A form is provided for this requirement. This form must be updated yearly.
Weather Policy: If it is determined that the safety of the
participants is in danger due to travel and/or exposure during inclement
weather, the Senior Learning Program will close the program for such period of
time that danger to participants exists. Announcement of the cancelled
classes will be requested to air on the local television and radio stations
before classes are scheduled to begin. If the weather deteriorates during
the class day, each participant scheduled to attend during that day will be
contacted personally. Participants are urged to call the office if there
is any questions regarding whether or not classes will meet and are encouraged
to talk to a staff member before leaving for class.