All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Monday courses

Winter 2019 Semester

Extraordinary Retirement [4 Sessions]

10:30 a.m. – noon, Moss A
Mondays: Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18

“I’m a teacher. I’m a homemaker.  I’m a dentist.” We spend much of our lives defining ourselves by our careers. Retirement may bring an end to that career and identity, but it can also be the beginning of a new passion and identity. Many find they are free to pursue interests that took a back seat while pursuing a career and that retirement can be a time to find new meaning in life beyond work. An accountant may pursue an interest in cooking to serve at a soup kitchen; a teacher may follow his interest in travel to lead international tours. This course will help participants discover pursuits that use their personal strengths. Students will identify strengths, develop a plan of activity and learn how to measure their progress in finding meaning in the final trimester of life. The class will begin with using two well-established surveys to discern strengths. During the class, each member will then identify potential activities, choose ones that seem most promising, develop a realistic plan for actualization and identify measures and benchmarks for assessing progress. The class will make use of group sharing to build a community to support each member’s search.

Instructor: Mark Oldstrom has provided counseling and life-coaching services for over 30 years, as a hospital chaplain, mental health counselor and academic advisor, working with all ages across a broad range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Writes Oldstrom, “As I approach my own retirement, I am pursuing new avenues to create meaning in my life. Along with teaching and counseling, I am working with animals and serving as an advocate for their welfare.”

Tai Chi for Health [4 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss A
Mondays: Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18

Experience a relaxing moving meditation in this beginner to intermediate class. Tai Chi is an internal martial art with slow, controlled, fluid movements. Students report improvements in balance, posture, focus and coordination, as well as increased feelings of peace and calm. Tai Chi is good for people with Parkinson’s, MS, high blood pressure and anxiety, and for everyone who wishes to calm their minds and get more in tune with their bodies. The movements are also very helpful for increasing muscular flexibility and joint mobility. We will learn the Yang Style 8 form of Tai Chi, and the session will include Qigong (chee gung) as the warm up. We will learn different types of Qigong walking at this time as well. Students will be standing for the first hour and will take a short break at the hour mark. The last fifteen minutes will include floor stretches and relaxation. Participants will come away with a short sequence that may be practiced at home, with only a small amount of space needed.

Course Note: Participants will need a mat or blanket to lay on for the floor stretches and relaxation.

Instructor: Suzanne Norton is a small business owner. Through Mindful Practices she teaches and performs Qigong and Tai Chi to diverse populations in the Columbia area. Ms. Norton works with fitness centers, schools and employee wellness programs, and offers private instruction and weekly community classes. She also teaches yoga, meditation and mindful writing, and provides mindful-life mentoring. When not teaching, Suzanne enjoys acroyoga, hiking, swimming, running, writing, spending time in nature and getting together with family and friends.

Managing Investment Risk in Bear Markets [4 Sessions]

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Moss B
Mondays: Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18

The market is up, the market is down. Interest rates are increasing. Tax cuts and booming deficits make us question the sustainability of the longest Bull Market in history. RMDs (Required Minimum Distribution) must be well-planned – we need our retirement savings to last a lifetime. How could all these unknowns affect our legacy? In this class, we will explore how to preserve and grow your assets in the possible upcoming Bear Market. What tactics and strategies do the wealthy utilize in down markets? Jason Ingram and a guest instructor will help you to look at how to navigate in the gathering financial storms.  

Instructors: Jason Ingram is a published author and one of the founding members of LionsGate Advisors. He is the principal of the Columbia, Missouri, office and co-owns the Chesterfield office. An educator 
at heart, Jason teaches annually for MU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is a faculty member at St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College. He is a member of the National Ethics Association, serves on the advisory board for the Better Business Bureau and works to support numerous philanthropic organizations. Mark Raifs, director and wealth advisor, LionsGate Advisors. He focuses on comprehensive wealth and retirement management. He holds a Series 65 license and a State of Missouri Life, Health, and Variable Contracts license. Mark has more than four decades of experience in business including two decades in wealth management and held past teaching positions with Miami University, St. Louis CC, and Marietta College. His accreditations include the Accredited Gift Planning Associate designation from Gift College.