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Beginning Jan. 22 (2018) Wilder Services for Aging will teach a mild exercise class designed to reduce the risk of falls by improving muscle strength, flexibility and mobility from practicing coordinated movements in a slow, circular, flowing motion.

The workshop will run for 24 sessions, from 10:30 to 11:30am every Monday and Wednesday at Wilder, 650 Marshall Ave, St. Paul. It is free but a donation of $60 is suggested. No prior experience is necessary. Please register by Tuesday, Jan 16.

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Apr 7 2018

Despite a major snowstorm blanketing the Twin Cities the day before, dozens of retirees participated in the “Meaning in Retirement” workshop following the UMRA luncheon on January 23, 2018. The topic was a first for UMRA and it soon became clear that it struck a chord among those attending. 

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Feb 5 2018

Want to be a part of keeping UMRA thriving? The UMRA Nominating Committee is asking for names this month for officers and Board members for 2018-19. Think about nominating someone (including yourself) for one of these positions.

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Feb 2 2018

UMRA members who braved unplowed streets and parking challenges were treated to a fine presentation at our January luncheon by Vancouver native and U of M doctoral candidate Jessica Finlay, whose academic work is focused on human geography and social gerontology. 

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Feb 2 2018

A panel of UMRA members, led by Cares Committee chair Ron Anderson, shared stories about their individual journeys into retirement and what it is that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The answer, in the words of one: “Enjoy life, do good, and try to add value.” 

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Feb 2 2018

New UMRA interest group, Finance and Legal Group (FLG), will meet February 21 for a workshop on identity security.

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Feb 2 2018

“Just thumbing through this book is enough to scare you.” See what UMRA Book Club members say about it. 

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Feb 2 2018

Join the book club members for a discussion of The Home Place, led by Judy Helgen. Members meet on third Fridays.  Contact Pat Tollefson (p-toll@umn.edu) to learn about a change of location for the February meeting.

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Feb 2 2018

The Photo Club’s February 13 meeting will feature “snow and ice” pictures. Each attendee is asked to submit their favorite snow and ice pictures. 

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Feb 2 2018

Join fellow UMRA members on February 15 for a ramen and sake pairing dinner at 5 p.m. in the Campus Club Bar. The menu features a delicious three-course meal, each course paired with a different sake.

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Feb 2 2018

If you're looking for ways to use some of those special skills you developed during your career, or to follow a special interest, URVC offers a mix of opportunities this month. Judge a middle school debate tournament, become a tutor/mentor for a young person, scan documents for a digital archive, usher at the Rarig Center theaters, or help pack or distribute fresh produce at a major food warehouse.  

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Feb 2 2018

For UMRA members who would like to get together for more than luncheons each month. ideas abound,. Special interest groups are a way of meeting with like-minded friends and new friends with similar interests.  

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Feb 2 2018

Our February workshop will feature two experts in fall prevention from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Drs. Jean Wyman and Siobhan McMahon, discussing common myths about falls and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling as one ages. They will also connect us with an opportunity to volunteer for a fall-prevention study at the U of M. 

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Feb 2 2018

Our February luncheon speaker, Emily Baxter, is the executive director of a media-based advocacy organization that seeks to be a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. And it’s her thesis that we are all criminals, although most of us don’t get caught

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Feb 2 2018
Geospatial mapping of UMRA membership

UMRA had 646 members in December 2017.  With help from U-Spatial we mapped the location of those members across the Twin Cities, where most of our members live. People may find this useful for setting up car pools.  Using the Member Search you can find other members by city, state and zip.   View the enlarged Map.

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Jan 30 2018

Join UMRA friends in exploring St. Paul from skyway views. A free, two-hour tour on Sunday, January 21, 2-4 p.m., features the sky bridge photo art show “Speaking of Home,” which portrays 58 recent immigrants to Minnesota. View the nearly completed Minnesota Wild hockey training center in the old Macy’s building; learn about skyways, and much more. Stay for a reception in a condo on the 23rd floor. This tour is limited to 35 persons.

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Jan 5 2018

Due to longer life expectancy, many of us could live for 10 to 30 years after retiring, which means we could live through several major changes in interests, activities, and identities in later life. This workshop, led by UMRA Cares Committee Chair Ron Anderson, is designed to help guide our thinking about assessing and reassessing the primary meaning and purpose in our lives. 

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Jan 5 2018

Participants in UMRA’s November workshop learned about the challenges of caregiving among older adults and the variety of services offered for adult caregivers by the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, including Tai Ji Quan, a specially designed balance training regimen.

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Jan 5 2018

The February book will be The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, with discussion led by Judy Helgen.

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Jan 4 2018

UMRA Book Club members share their November discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. 

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Jan 4 2018

Many elderly people risk falling and breaking a hip as a result of poor balance. If you are at least 70 years old and not involved in a physical activity/exercise program, you are invited to participate in the new Ready–Steady program, offered by the School of Nursing. Help find the best ways to avoid accidental falls through strength-building and balance exercises. Compensation provided.

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Jan 4 2018

“Tax Planning in Uncertain Times” was the topic for the first meeting of the new special interest group, Financial and Legal Issues (FLG), led by Andy Whitman in December. Members learned about end-of-year possible tax actions and set out a schedule of speakers and topics for the coming year.

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Jan 4 2018

News you can use: Parking discount coupons are one of UMRA’s best membership benefits. If your supply is running low, here’s how to send for more!

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Jan 4 2018

UMRA November audience laughed as Steve Sack, award-winning cartoonist with the Star Tribune, talked about his 36-year career in visual commentary on politics, society, and the world.

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Jan 4 2018

Ten applications were submitted by the December deadline for the 2018 Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. The approved proposals will be announced in March. 

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Jan 4 2018

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters, by Emily Esfahani Smith, explains a growing new movement within psychological research that is fundamentally reshaping our understanding of the good life. It’s a very readable book for academics and non-academics alike.  

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Jan 4 2018

As the Cares Committee has been exploring alternative transportation options, they have encountered some successes and some frustrations. They invite readers to share their experiences and recommendations with others. 

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Jan 4 2018

The Subject Is Teaching

Why do people engage in the noble art of teaching?  There are undoubtedly many motivations, but the theme that seems most prevalent, and at the same time most intriguing among educators, is the love of learning. “To teach is to learn twice,” stated Joseph Joubert (an 18th century French essayist), and “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn,” said John Cotton Dana (an American librarian and museum director).

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota is an organization of lifelong learners whose passion for knowledge and understanding is a driving force in their lives. And, as is the case with so many who are motivated by learning, the desire to teach, to impart that which one is passionate about, seems a natural by-product of the learning process. That is why a number of OLLI members, as well as being lifelong learners, also lead courses in subjects on which they are experts, or in which they have a strong avocational interest.

The University of Minnesota Retirement Association is an organization of individuals steeped in learning as a life force—people with a penchant for truth. You are the quintessential exemplars of the noble art of teaching—professional educators who, like Plutarch, recognize that “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, so much as a fire to be ignited.”  

OLLI is a welcoming vehicle for lifelong learner-teachers to continue to ply their calling. When UMRA members join OLLI, the result is a symbiotic relationship, not only enhancing the organization through the influx of teaching expertise, but also providing professional educators a natural outlet for their ongoing quest of knowledge—and their penchant to disseminate that knowledge.

— Gary P. Hanson, Interim Executive Director, OLLI at the U of M , hanso268.umn.edu or call 612-625-3964

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
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April 30, 2017