Senior University (Ages 55 & Better)

Through the Senior University program, IU Northwest has offered programming to senior residents for almost two decades. Since 2012, CURE has successfully continued the program’s mission of providing educational, social, and engaged learning opportunities for seniors residing in Northwest Indiana. This includes offering a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops throughout the year. Learning opportunities take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, IN, as well as throughout the Northwest Indiana region. To learn more or to be added to the Senior University mailing list, email curesu@iun.edu or call (219) 980-6907.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In order to ensure the health and safety of our campus and community, Senior University programming will be shifting to remote learning. Face-to-face offerings will resume once it is determined to be safe for all involved. This decision aligns with Indiana University (IU) policies regarding COVID-19 as well as indications noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, etc.) are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.

Remote Learning Offerings

There are two types of remote learning opportunities listed below:

  • Online Meetings: Run via Zoom, participants will need access to a computer or mobile device (internet connection or data plan are needed) and will join the session through the Zoom application using a provided link/meeting ID.
  • Self-Paced Tutorials: Run via Canvas, participants will need access to a computer or mobile device (internet connection or data plan are needed) and will access the tutorial through any modern web browser using a provided link.

Registration: Please email curesu@iun.edu or call 219-980-6907. Details regarding how to join a remote learning session will be provided upon registration.

  • Open enrollment: July 1 through July 31
  • Registration deadline: July 31

Is your smartphone outsmarting you? It won’t be for long if you register for this self-paced, online tutorial on how to operate your Android or iPhone. Watch and re-watch Brittany Taylor’s recorded tutorials and learn how to download apps, check email, send texts, customize your settings, and much more at your own pace. Show your smartphone who's smarter!

Participants will have access to the course from the date of enrollment through August 21.

  • Open enrollment: July 13 through August 10
  • Registration deadline: August 10

Interested in getting a comprehensive introduction to social media? Then this self-paced, online tutorial is for you! Created by a seasoned social media strategist, Chelsea Whittington, this tutorial covers social platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Watch and re-watch the recorded tutorials at your own pace and learn the basics of each platform and how to get started developing your own profiles, including privacy settings and social media etiquette.

Participants will have access to the tutorial from the date of enrollment through August 31.

  • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 13
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 10

Join Social Security Administration (SSA) public affairs specialists during this live, online session and get the facts about what the SSA is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn how their benefits—Retirement, Disability, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Widows—are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss how you can receive assistance from the SSA, despite offices being closed to the public, as well as how you can protect yourself from fraudulent phone calls and other scams.

This session is open to anyone age 18 and over.

  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, July 16, 23, and 30
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 15

This live, online series will provide participants with a better understanding of wireless networks. Each week, participants will learn additional information regarding how to SAVE data, search the web at HEROIC speeds, and RESCUE their phones from suspicious connections!

  • 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Thursdays, July 16, 23, 30, and August 6

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 15

Are you seeking to connect with your friends and family members while social distancing? Do you miss seeing the smiles of your friends and family members? Has social distancing made it difficult to communicate? If so, then we are here to help! Join these live, online meetings and learn to communicate through virtual video calls utilizing Zoom, Google Duo, and FaceTime. During this four-part series, participants will be provided with valuable tools to communicate with friends and family.

  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 4

This live, online series is a delightful blend of mind, body, and spirit activities...tea, readings, meditation, assignments, and stretch/relax in loose collaboration with Deepak Chopra's 21 Days of Abundance. So get your quiet spot, pillow, and journal and join us for this four-part, recharge series led by Master Instructor Becky Mateja Lombardini, MPA.

  • 10:00 to 11:30 am, Friday, August 21

  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 20

Join Crystal Shannon, associate professor of nursing, for this live, online session, which will explore the vulnerability of older adults to disaster and emergency events. Through the use of shared experiences, stories of survivors, and film footage, this session will highlight the value of disaster planning, the needed steps to prepare for emergency situations, and the specific tools required for our personal emergency response. Emergency plans and self-assessments of disaster vulnerability will be completed.

2020 Online Summer Reading Skills: Programs for Children and Adults

Live online programs are available now and this summer!

CURE is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1996, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading. The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Students in this program attend a dynamic, live online class each week. During class, students can see, hear and speak with each other and their teacher in real time. Every class is full of engaging discussions and class activities. Between classes, students complete independent reading assignments and interactive online lessons that build skills and confidence.

For program schedules, or to enroll online, select a program level below:

For more information, or to enroll by phone, please call (800) 964-8888.

Program coordinators are available Monday through Friday from 8 am-10 pm, Saturday from 8 am-7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am-6 pm.