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At UMRA’s annual meeting on May 22 the membership elected the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee for UMRA’s 2018–19 Board, including Bill Donohue as our new president-elect and Lynn Anderson our new secretary. In keeping with UMRA tradition, Jerry Rinehart, who served as president-elect for the past year, will lead the Board as president. During its meeting earlier in the afternoon, the Board approved increases in membership and luncheon/buffet fees for the coming year.

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Jun 4 2018

UMRA was pleased to host President Eric Kaler at its 2018 Annual Meeting on May 22. The president outlined major challenges facing the University, and provided updates on the University’s strategic plan and ambitious $4 billion capital campaign.

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Jun 2 2018

Prof. Joseph Gaugler, newly named to an endowed chair in the School of Public Health and the speaker for the workshop following UMRA’s April luncheon meeting, is profiled in a feature story in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacy, published by the U of M Foundation. The article highlights his pioneering work to help family members who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.   See the article.

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May 16 2018

Author delivers a riveting account of his parents’ determination to survive the chaotic events that took place during the reign of Robert Mugabe.

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May 1 2018

“Eighty-three percent of all help provided for persons with Alzheimer’s and related diseases comes from family members,” Joseph Gaugler, a gerontologist and professor of long-term care, noted in his presentation following UMRA’s April luncheon.

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May 1 2018

Prof. Erika Lee addressed the complicated nature of the United States’ approach to immigration and provided a “quick tour” of the country’s history of xenophobia, beginning in the mid 1700s.

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May 1 2018

Of the many places to find meditation classes in the Twin Cities, two that have attracted UMRA members are the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis.

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May 1 2018

The seven individuals up for election to UMRA's 2018–19 Board of Directors offer a wealth of experience from the University of Minnesota and beyond. 

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May 1 2018

Memory loss is frightening for all of us. The Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul offers programs to assist both clients suffering from memory loss and their caregivers. There are two ways you can help.

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May 1 2018

September 26 Workshop: How to Avoid fraud, scams, and identity theft

 People age 50 and older control more than 70 percent of the nation's wealth today and the scammers know it. They’re using the telephone, U.S. mail, email, and the Internet and may even appear on your doorstep trying to get your money. New technology has made it easier for criminals to gain access to our personal information and savings, and for some of us, aging-related issues like memory loss can increase vulnerability. Understanding the latest trends and tactics in fraud can help us all to protect our own savings and help others who are more vulnerable. 

This AARP-designed workshop is based on the analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con artists in action. AARP has partnered with the FBI on the national level to educate people about financial crime because the best defense is to prevent crime in the first place. Topics covered range from consumer fraud, scams, identity theft, and cyber security to credit card theft and financial theft within the family. 

Our workshop leader, Jay Haapala, is the associate state director of Community Outreach with AARP Minnesota. He also leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network, which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams, and identity theft. Haapala and AARP Fraud Fighter volunteers have met with more than 400 community groups across the state, law enforcement officials, and fraud investigators, learning how people are being targeted by financial crime right here in Minnesota. Haapala has worked and served in the Minnesota nonprofit sector for 18 years building volunteer programs, and now is doing the same to build a network of fraud fighter volunteers with AARP. 

Join us after the UMRA luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, for this important and timely workshop. The money and identity you save could be your own!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
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August 31, 2017