Senior Adult Program

Vision:

The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program will be respected regionally and nationally for excellence in the development and delivery of innovative educational opportunities for adults age 55 and above.

Mission:

The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program’s mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for senior adults 55 years of age and older by offering personal enrichment classes in a positive, accepting and intergenerational environment. Senior Adult Program staff collaborates with academic departments and the community to develop programs that meet senior adults' existing and emerging educational needs. 

Who is a senior adult?

Any person 55 years of age or better.

Message from the Director

Welcome to the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program. We hope you will join us this spring for classes, informational lectures and trips. Inside these pages you will discover ways to satisfy and express your creative side, learn new skills, connect with others, stay current on technology, have fun and explore a world of opportunity. All the classes listed here were created with you, the senior adult student, in mind.

Mark your calendar:

  • Dec. 2 – Spring registration begins
  • Jan. 21 – Spring classes begin
  • March 10-16 – College will be closed for Spring Break
  • April 18 – College will be closed for Spring Holiday

Have you attended our informative lectures? We have 14 lectures scheduled for the spring semester, including Amanda Albright Still, Author of the Galveston Hurricane Mystery Series: “Echoes of the Storm” and “Brides of the Storm.” The setting for this series is Galveston just following the 1900 storm. Others include the Gulf Coast Parkinson’s Support group, AARP driver safety, personal safety and security for seniors, senior health and dietary issues, financial investing, veteran’s benefits and several Genealogy lectures.

Have you taken a trip with us yet? This is a great way to get to know other seniors and stay involved in your community. Most of our trips fill up fast, so find the one you would like to go on and register for it soon. Check out all of the Senior Adult Program trips.

I challenge you to try a new class, something that has piqued your curiosity in the past or that you have always wanted to try. You might surprise yourself and make some new friends while you’re at it!

We strive to offer fun, exciting and relevant courses for senior adults and have several new classes in this schedule. If you have a suggestion for other new courses, please call the Senior Adult Program Office at 409-933-8226.

The next time you are near the COM Learning Center-Delmar location, please stop in to say hello.

Alesha Vardeman Aulds
Director, Senior Adult Program

COM senior adult students steal show in Galveston exhibit

Students in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program created a menagerie of deep-sea and furry creations that garnered awards at the Galveston Art League’s fall juried art show. Read the article.

Senior adults bead it forward

An intricately beaded one-and-a-half-inch square may seem small, but for women in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program, that’s all the space that’s needed to help raise funds for cancer research. This project was featured in the October 2013 Issue of Bead and Button magazine.  Read the article.

 

Spring 2014 Schedule

Spring 2014 Schedule
 
For step-by-step instructions on how to register using WebAdvisor, please click here.

Senior OneCard

Effective Sept. 1, 2012, senior adults will no longer need to purchase a Senior OneCard to register for senior adult classes or senior fitness memberships or to obtain the benefits formerly obtained by the purchase of a Senior OneCard. Senior adults who register for a Senior Adult Program offering will be provided a free Senior ID Card. Seniors possessing a valid Senior ID Card are entitled to the follow­ing COM benefits:

  • Use of the COM Library
  • Use of the Innovations Computer Lab in TVB 1324
  • Discount on COM cosmetology services at the Salon; call 409-933-8480 for more information.
  • Discount on tickets for COM Community Theatre productions; call 409-933-8345 for more information.
  • Blood pressure reading with automated monitor available daily in Senior Adult Program Office.

Spring 2014 Lectures (Open to Everyone – Must register to attend)

  1. GENEOLOGY OVERVIEW AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPRING 2014 - 2HRS
    Students will learn about upcoming trips to various libraries, the basic methods and systems for studying genealogy and the thrill of finding ancestors they never knew they had. During upcoming library trips students may discover birth, marriage or death records, probate records and perhaps wills. Students will learn how to dig a little deeper and develop persistence and research techniques along the way. Debbie Cothern teaches this class.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4417 SENR-7098-101CL 01/21/14-01/21/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 D Cothern
  2. LECTURE: ABC’S OF CONSERVATIVE INVESTING - 2HRS
    Have you lost money on the stock market lately? This workshop is for seniors who want a better understanding of their investment portfolio. The instructors will discuss all areas of investing and take the mystery out of finances. Anyone concerned about outliving their investments should attend. Bob Groux and Paul Shaffer from Investments Design will teach this workshop.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4418 SENR-7098-102CL 01/29/14-01/29/14
    W 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106
  3. LECTURE: GENEALOGY – WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY - 2HRS
    Students will learn how to make their ancestry come to life by writing their story. Students will be advised on how and where to print their finished book without using a publisher. Frances Foreman teaches this class.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4419 SENR-7098-103CL 02/04/14-02/04/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106
  4. LECTURE: AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE - 4HRS
    (THIS LECTURE IS FOR 55 AND OLDER ONLY)

    The AARP sponsors this one-day safety course, and most major insurance companies offer discounted rates for those who complete it. The class shows seniors safer driving techniques to compensate for age-related problems. Participants will receive a completion certificate and should check with their insurance agents to discover whether completing this course will qualify them for an insurance discount. The certificate fee is $12 for participants with a valid AARP membership card and $14 for nonmembers.

    The instructor at the beginning of class will collect this fee. Note: This is a not a ticket dismissal class.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4420 SENR-7098-104CL 02/06/14-02/06/14
    TH 09:00AM-01:00PM LMCR 107 B Cook
    SYN: 4427 SENR-7098-111CL 04/24/14-04/24/14
    TH 09:00AM-01:00PM LMCR 107 B Cook
  5. LECTURE: PORTION DISTORTION IN A SUPER-SIZED WORLD - 1HR
    Average portion sizes have grown so much during the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there’s enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans view as normal portions at home too. Learn about the effects of portion distortion on our health and medical care costs and about nutrient-dense foods and a simple plan to improve any diet.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4714 SENR-7098-114CL 02/12/14-02/12/14
    W 02:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 107 J Abshire
  6. LECTURE: PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARENESS - 1.5HRS
    This session will familiarize senior adults with their surroundings through a common-sense approach to security at home and in public. The discussion will include everyday activities such as sending and receiving mail, receiving invited and uninvited guests at the door, lighting inside and outside the home, Internet safety, self-protection, roadside assistance and awareness of the latest scams. This class will be conducted by Frank Walker, CEO of All For One Investigations and Security, retired military and former Air Force One security consultant.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4421 SENR-7098-105CL 02/17/14-02/17/14
    M 01:30PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 F Walker
  7. LECTURE: NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN - 1HR
    Dr. Tim Hughes of Hughes Chiropractic in Texas City will discuss chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, restless leg syndrome, chronic neck and back pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, migraine headaches and trigeminal neuralgia. He will suggest nutritional influences and natural solutions for those that suffer from chronic pain.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 4422 SENR-7098-106CL 02/25/14-02/25/14
    T 01:00PM-02:00PM LMCR 106 M Hughes
  8. LECTURE: GULF PARKINSON’S SOURCE - 1.5HRS
    Jane Johnson, president and a founder of Gulf Parkinson’s Source, will speak about Parkinson’s disease with an emphasis on the nonmotor symptoms of which most people are unaware. Diagnosed with the disease more than seven years ago, Mrs. Johnson will provide information on the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society and the local support group Gulf Parkinson’s Source, which serves the Galveston County area. She will also share information on new drugs and treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4423 SENR-7098-107CL 03/04/14-03/04/14
    T 01:30PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 J Johnson
  9. LECTURE: HOW TO SURVIVE AN ACTIVE SHOOTER - 2HRS
    Lt. Sylvia Chapa from the COM Police Department will present information on how to survive an active shooter situation. She will explain the psychological factors regarding the active shooter and what proactive measures anyone can take to protect themselves until police arrive.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 4424 SENR-7098-108CL 03/19/14-03/19/14
    W 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 S Chapa
  10. LECTURE: GENEALOGY – LEARN HOW TO USE “FIND A GRAVE” AND “BILLION GRAVES” - 2HRS
    Get a shovel and come dig into genealogy. Students will learn how to use the Find a Grave and Billion Graves websites to search over 100 million grave records. Marilyn Turner teaches this class.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4425 SENR-7098-109CL 03/25/14-03/25/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 M Turner
  11. LECTURE: NEUROPATHY INFORMATION SESSION - 1HR
    Peripheral nerves are the messenger nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the entire body. Neuropathy means that these nerves are not working properly and are sending disrupted signals or no signals at all. This could be a result of damage to a single nerve or to a group of nerves from diabetes, alcoholism, medications, medical treatment or compression injuries. Representatives from Optimal Healthcare Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will conduct this session.

    Senior Cost: FREE
    SYN: 4426 SENR-7098-110CL 04/15/14-04/15/14
    T 01:00PM-02:00PM
  12. LECTURE: VETERANS’ BENEFITS - 2HRS
    Veterans and their spouses may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called VA Aid and Attendance. The benefit was designed to provide financial assistance to offset the cost of long-term or in-home care. This class will fully explain the program and how to qualify and give tips on working through the paperwork maze. Bob Groux and Paul Shaffer from Investments Design present this lecture.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 4428 SENR-7098-112CL 04/30/14-04/30/14
    W 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106

Spring 2014 Senior Trips (open to senior adults age 55 or older)

  1. TRIP: CLAYTON LIBRARY FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
    Students will travel to the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, one of the top genealogical research libraries in the United States. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses over 70,000 reels of microfilm and other electronic databases. The fee covers transportation and instruction costs. Lunch is Dutch treat at Bodgas Mexican Restaurant, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: Jan. 14

    Senior Cost: $28
    SYN: 4429 SENR-7099-101CL 01/28/14-01/28/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern
  2. TRIP: ROSENBURG LIBRARY GALLERY TOURS
    Tour Galveston’s Rosenberg Library and Museum, which currently houses the following collections: “Island Architecture: Paintings of Historic Galveston Homes,” “Galveston: the Treasure Island of the Gulf” and “Antique Toys: 1880’s – 1940’s.” Lunch is Dutch treat. Refund deadline: Jan. 16

    Senior Cost: $15
    SYN: 4430 SENR-7099-102CL 01/30/14-01/30/14
    TH 08:30AM-02:00PM
  3. TRIP: ALLEY THEATRE’S “FREUD MEETS C.S. LEWIS”
    A Dutch treat supper will be followed by the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage production of “Freud Meets C.S. Lewis.” According to the website, this play “centers on the legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a little-known professor C.S. Lewis (who later wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia”), to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters WWII, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life.” Transportation and ticket costs are included. Refund deadline: Jan. 28

    Senior Cost: $55
    SYN: 4432 SENR-7099-103CL 02/11/14-02/11/14
    T 04:00PM-11:00PM
  4. TRIP: GENEALOGY – MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBRARY, CONROE
    Students will travel to the Montgomery County Library in Conroe, Texas. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses many resources including special collections, the Dawes Rolls (Native American), south Louisiana records by Hebert and 19th-century military records. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat at Cracker Barrel, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: Feb. 4

    Senior Cost: $28
    SYN: 4362 SENR-7099-104CL 02/18/14-02/18/14
    T 08:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern
  5. TRIP: SAN JACINTO MONUMENT AND EXHIBITS
    This is a self-guided tour of the San Jacinto Museum of History and the special exhibit “Making a Mark – Leaving a Legacy.” The trip includes a film presentation “Texas Forever! The Battle of San Jacinto” and an elevator ride to the top of the monument. A Dutch treat lunch will follow at the historic Monument Inn. Refund deadline: Feb. 14

    Senior Cost: $25
    SYN: 4363 SENR-7099-105CL 02/28/14-02/28/14
    F 08:15AM-02:30PM
  6. TRIP: MFAH FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM EXHIBIT
    Tour “The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings” from Clark Art Institute at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This exhibition features 73 works of art by 25 artists, including Degas, Manet, Monet and Renoir. The exhibit displays portraits, landscapes, still lifes and scenes of everyday life spanning 70 years. Lunch will be Dutch treat at MFAH’s Cafe Express. Refund deadline: Feb. 19

    Senior Cost: $30
    SYN: 4551 SENR-7099-106CL 03/05/14-03/05/14
    W 09:00AM-02:30PM
  7. TRIP: GENEALOGY – GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, RICHMOND
    Students will travel to the George Memorial Library in Richmond, Texas. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses resources that focus on the southeastern United States, including pension records, federal censuses and documents relating to Texans in the Mexican and Civil War. Collections include books and microfilm. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: March 4

    Senior Cost: $28
    SYN: 4434 SENR-7099-107CL 03/18/14-03/18/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern
  8. TRIP: GALVESTON DUCK TOUR AND DRILLING RIG MUSEUM
    The Galveston Duck Tour sightseeing adventure will be followed by a tour of the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig. The Duck Tour covers the Seawall, Offatt’s Bayou, 20th century mansions, the downtown Strand district and the “Silk Stockings” historical home district. The drilling rig museum includes a short film and tour aboard a retired drilling rig. Lunch will be Dutch treat between tours. Refund deadline: March 7

    Senior Cost: $38
    SYN: 4435 SENR-7099-108CL 03/21/14-03/21/14
    F 08:30AM-03:00PM
  9. TRIP: BIRDWATCHING BRAZORIA WILDLIFE
    Richard Mayfield hosts this trip to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge to see many species of waterfowl, which will be followed by driving tours of the Quintana Neotropical Sanctuary and a drive along the beach to look for gulls, plowers and sandpipers. Seniors should wear comfortable clothes, hiking shoes or closed-toed shoes and be prepared to walk. Bringing bottled water, binoculars and a camera is recommended. The cost of the trip includes transportation and the guided tour. Lunch will be Dutch treat. Refund deadline: March 18

    Senior Cost: $20
    SYN: 4436 SENR-7099-109CL 04/01/14-04/01/14
    T 09:00AM-04:00PM
  10. TRIP: SENIOR DAY AT THE GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR
    Join us for Senior Citizen’s Day at the Galveston County Fair. The day includes special activities and lunch for senior adults along with all the county fair exhibits and livestock tours. Refund deadline: March 24

    Senior Cost: $15
    SYN: 4437 SENR-7099-110CL 04/07/14-04/07/14
    M 09:30AM-02:30PM
  11. TRIP: CLAYTON LIBRARY FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
    Students will travel to Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, one of the top genealogical research libraries in the United States. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses over 70,000 reels of microfilm and other electronic databases. This session will include a tour of the second floor, which houses a family histories collection, including published and nonpublished documents. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat at Bodgas Mexican Restaurant, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: March 21

    Senior Cost: $28
    SYN: 4438 SENR-7099-111CL 04/08/14-04/08/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern
  12. TRIP: CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM AND CULINARY ART INSTITUTE
    Students will tour the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and the Art Institute of Houston. Lunch is Dutch treat at AIH’s Courses Restaurant and Deli, where food is prepared by culinary art students in their final lab before graduation under the direction of chef instructors. Refund deadline: April 9

    Senior Cost: $15
    SYN: 4433 SENR-7099-112CL 04/23/14-04/23/14
    W 10:00AM-03:30PM
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  13. TRIP: BIRDWATCHING GALVESTON
    Richard Mayfield hosts this trip to Galveston to see migrant traps and migrating birds. Seniors should wear comfortable clothes, hiking shoes or closed-toed shoes and be prepared to walk. Bringing bottled water, binoculars and a camera is recommended. The cost of the trip includes transportation and a guided tour. Lunch will be Dutch treat. Refund deadline: April 15

    Senior Cost: $20
    SYN: 4439 SENR-7099-113CL 04/29/14-04/29/14
    T 09:00AM-04:00PM
  14. TRIP: WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS MUSEUM
    Participants will tour Washington on the Brazos’ Star of the Republic Museum housing exhibits from the time of the Republic (1836-1946). The trip includes a viewing of the film “Once a Nation” and a self-guided tour of the exhibits. Lunch will be Dutch treat. Refund deadline: April 17

    Senior Cost:  $20
    SYN: 4440 SENR-7099-114CL 05/01/14-05/01/14
    TH 08:00AM-04:00PM

For more information on these trips, please call 409-933-8912 and ask to speak with Mary Combs, Senior Adult Program Trip Coordinator.