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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

New Grand Challenge Course Fall 2017

The course, GCC 3019, Bridging the Age Gap: Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity, is designed as an experimental and entrepreneurial venture to take advantage of an historic opportunity: namely, the retirement of large numbers of people who have extraordinary levels of experience, expertise, and financial resources. A conservative estimate puts the value of this human resource in the trillions of dollars. At the same time, society has many unsolved problems: companies and communities lack the resources to accomplish all that they want to do, and the same is true of the public and non-profit sectors. 

GCC 3019 will be composed of small groups of undergraduates and retirees working with community organizations on challenges of mutual interest. The class will meet at the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus and will be co-taught by Professor Emeritus Stuart Albert from the Carlson School of Management and Professor Thomas Fisher from the College of Design. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm, and will run 15 weeks from September 5th to December 14th

We seek retirees from diverse professions and backgrounds, who are interested and available in person and/or via the web to work with students as their plans and projects become crystalized. Participation can vary, as can the roles you may choose to assume (idea generator, mentor, collaborator, becoming a member of a student-retiree team, serving as a sounding board, etc.).

 You can obtain additional information by emailing the instructors: Professor Emeritus Stuart Albert (alber002@umn.edu) or Professor Thomas Fisher (tfisher@umn.edu). We would also like to invite you to attend the first class on September 5th in Blegen Hall, Room 125, to find out more about this opportunity. But please RSVP. Regrettably space, as well as the opportunity to participate in the class, will be limited. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:30am
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July 13, 2017