Health & Wellness

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at CSUDH

NOTE: OLLI is pleased to offer Social Tennis for Seniors, Crocheting for Health, Urban Hiking, and Fun and Games to focus on learning experiences that optimize brain fitness and promote physical fitness through exercise and coordination. Have fun!

Social Tennis for Seniors

OLLI Social Tennis

The game of tennis is a lifetime sport. Now is the opportune time to join our class. We are a group with many different attributes who enjoy a moderate level of physical activity. The tennis class has wonderful health benefits, just to name a couple: fun and social interaction. We participate in medium stretching and warm-up exercises. Instructions are easy. We gain knowledge of tennis rules and tennis etiquette. We continue to learn the essentials of tennis, beginning with the classic grip, forehand, backhand, serve, volley, topspin, drop shot and doubles play. To get started bring a tennis racket, wear tennis shoes and bring sunglasses, hat, small towel, and water. Class meets for 28 sessions with 4 additional sessions for practice.

Check out the fun we have on our Facebook group!:

(Note: OLLI Members are required to sign a waiver at first class session.)

 Instructor: Donald Means, OLLI Member
Donald’s Vision: “We will be the fittest Seniors we know”

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 14 Tuesdays
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8

9:00am – 11:00am

Practice only:
2 Tuesdays
May 15, 22
9:00am – 11:00am

 14 Fridays
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11

9:00am – 11:00am

Practice only:
2 Fridays
May 18, 25
9:00am – 11:00am

  CSUDH/StubHub Tennis Courts

Fee: $20

NLLL 355 Section 01 | Course No. 23833

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Fun and Games - "No experience necessary"

Source: PexelsThis class is all about having fun, friendship, and “exercising” our brains! An assortment of games will be provided but class members are encouraged to bring their own games to share. We’ll have on hand “brain games” along with such favorites as: Mexican Train (a dominos game), Scrabble, Tripoley, Rummy Tiles, Jenga, Cribbage, Chess, playing cards, and coloring books, to name a few. We’ll break into groups and play familiar games and learn some new ones.

 Facilitator: Valerie Dingwall, OLLI Member

 8 Fridays |  Get a Reminder

February 9, 23
March 9, 23
April 6, 20
May 4, 18

11:30am – 1:30pm

 Extended Education Building, EE-1206

Fee: Free to OLLI Members

NLLL 355 Section 02 | Course No. 23834

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Quick Crafts with Norma

OLLI Students enjoying crafts. Photo: Anissa Barton-Thompson Join in this fun and productive new class with crafter-extraordinaire, Norma Bates, a 9-year OLLI Member, volunteer and Ambassador. Norma brings a lifetime of crafting experience to this class. We have all seen examples of her crafting with prizes and table décor at OLLI Open Houses and other special events.

You’ll be surprised at the ingenious projects she has in store for us. After the orientation at the first class meeting, participants will make a tote bag from a recycled t-shirt. Bring one T-shirt, preferable Large (L) or Extra Large (XL), new or used, any color or print. Projects and supplies needed for each following class will be announced at each meeting.

Norma Bates, OLLI Member, craft raffle prize contributor for OLLI and Juneteenth Celebrations

 3 Tuesdays |  Get a Reminder

April 10, 17, 24
12:00pm – 1:30pm

 Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: $15 (Course Materials)
Registration is limited to 10 participants.

NLLL 151 Section 01 | Course No. 23810

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Living Well For Older Adults

Source: Amazon This Spring we’ll focus on a new DVD series:
Food Science and The Human Body

As Life Long Learners we continue to enjoy exploring the topic of food: cooking styles, nutrition, insights, and cultural histories. But, what about a more scientific approach to the subject, one that also includes field likes biology, neurology and human evolution.

Dr. Alyssa Crittenden an associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is also an adjunct Professor in the department of medicine, will offer eye opening answers about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies. She will bring together insights from a range of fields including anthropology, biology, history, nutrition, health science, economics and sociology. She will lay bare what science can teach us about how food works on our bodies and how it can harm us as well as help.

  • March 1
    1) Paleo Diet and the Ancestral Appetite
    2) Our Hunter Gatherer Past
  • March 8
    3) Stones, Bones, and Teeth
    4) Did Eating Meat Make us Human?
  • March 15
    5) Insect: the other White Meat
    6) Was the Stone Age Mostly Vegetarian?
  • March 22
    7) Cooking and the Control of Fire
    8) The Neolithic Revolution
  • March 29
    9) The Changing Disease-Scape
    10) How Food Spreads around the World
  • April 5
    11) The History of the Spice Trade
    12) How Sugar and Salt Shaped the World

 Facilitator: Eula Slater, OLLI Member and Registered Dietitian

  6 Thursdays |  Get a Reminder
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5

1:30pm – 3:30pm

 Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: $20

NLLL 355 Section 03 | Course No. 23835

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Aging Gracefully and Gratefully

Source: Huffington Post We’ll continue the discussions from the Fall semester. New ideas and perceptions bring new insights and ideas. Aging is inevitable. For as many seniors who are asked about the process of Aging there are as many different perceptions and answers. What positive actions can we take on this road called “aging”? Attitudes, decisions, choices and acceptance are but a few topics to consider. We will discuss and explore various concepts, share techniques and consider how to age gracefully and gratefully together:

  • May 3 | Session 1: My Health
    • Mental, Physical, Emotional Health Losses • Senses (Dementia, Alzheimer’s) • Loved Ones • Decision Making • Ability to Change
  • May 10 | Session 2: Taking Care of Me
    • Diet (Weight Gain/Loss) • Exercise, Entertainment • Sleep/Habits • Intimacy/Sex • Spirituality/Religion
  • May 17 | Session 3: Taking Care of Business
    • Relationships/Family and Friends • Living Arrangements • Communication/Interaction with Others • Environment • Retirement/Finances • Public Image Legacy (what will we pass on?) • Gratitude

 Presenter: Frankie Stewart, M.A., OLLI Member and CSUDH Alumna

  3 Thursdays |  Get a Reminder
May 3, 10, 17
1:30pm - 3:30pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: $15

NLLL 355 Section 06 | Course No. 23838

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Hat Making: Royal Fascinators with Yolanda

Source: Join in this fun and productive new class with milliner and crafter, Yolanda Fielder. Yolanda studied fashion design at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. She traveled to New York where she worked at Eric Javits Hats in New York while studying millinery at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She was owner of a hat shop called, King George’s Daughter. With other various craft experiences under her belt, Yolanda will bring the royalty out in you. You will awe everyone you meet with your beautifully creative head piece.

In this class you will make a professional looking fascinator using various materials such as: feathers, rhinestones, wire, and fabric; ready to wear at Easter, Mother’s Day, or any other celebration. It can be classy or whimsical. Make them think you went to Paris. An orientation will be provided at the first class. Most class materials will be provided. Additional materials needed for each following class will be announced at each meeting.

 Instructor: Yolanda Fielder, OLLI Member, CSUDH Alumni, and City of Carson Women’s Issues Commissioner

  4 Mondays |  Get a Reminder
March 5, 12, 19, 26
12:00pm – 2:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1222

Fee: $15 (Course Materials)
Registration is limited to 20 participants.

NLLL 151 Section 01 | Course No. 23809

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T’ai Chi Chuan for Beginners

Source: NY Daily News T’ai Chi Chaun is a slow martial art comprised of a series of postures which flow together in a holistic and unified manner. T’ai Chi is essentially a moving meditation accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Join me in exploring this ancient art, which is still practiced worldwide today, known to bring about calmness, strength, optimum health, body awareness, improved balance, community and lasting friendships.
Please wear comfortable clothes.

 Instructor: Linda Kahn, OLLI Member

  6 Tuesdays |  Get a Reminder
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10

1:30pm - 2:30pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1201

Fee: $20
Class is limited to 15 students

NLLL 355 Section 04 | Course No. 23836

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Crocheting for Health

OLLI Students enjoying crochet. Photo: Anissa Barton-Thompson Let’s complete a project for Spring! Crocheting is part of our Healthy Living series. It stimulates our brains and can promote mental health by reducing stress. Class times are scheduled to allow a solid beginning in the art and skill of crocheting, as well as for feedback on progress.

Past projects have been donated as prizes at OLLI Celebrations, OLLI Juneteenth and to Knots of Love.

Please bring yarn and hook to first meeting.

 Facilitator: Eula Slater, OLLI Member

 8 Tuesdays |  Get a Reminder
April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

1:30pm – 3:30pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: $15

NLLL 355 Section 05 | Course No. 23837

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 Information & Registration

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