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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.

Publication date: Saturday, April 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. 

Publication date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Emily Baxter
Publication date: Friday, February 2, 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.

Publication date: Friday, February 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. 

Publication date: Friday, February 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.” 

Publication date: Friday, February 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.  

Publication date: Friday, February 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.  

Publication date: Friday, February 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.

Publication date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Jessica Finlay
Publication date: Friday, January 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.

Publication date: Friday, January 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.

Publication date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

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

Publication date: Thursday, January 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.

Publication date: Thursday, January 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.

Publication date: Thursday, January 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!

Publication date: Thursday, January 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.

Publication date: Thursday, January 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. 

Publication date: Thursday, January 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.  

Publication date: Thursday, January 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. 

Publication date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Event Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

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.

Event Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

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.

Event Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:30pm

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. 

Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 1:30pm

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. 

Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:30am
Jessica Finlay

Jessica Finlay, an interdisciplinary doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, will be the featured speaker at our January 23 luncheon. She will discuss building and maintaining urban environments to foster safety and convenience for older residents aging in place. 

Event Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

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.

Event Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join the book club members for a discussion of Dark Money led by Mariah Snyder. Members meet on third Fridays at the 1666 Coffman Building. 

Event Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 6:45pm
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.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:30pm

The Photo Club’s January 9 meeting will feature “repetition pictures.” Each member is asked to submit their favorite interpretations of visual repetition.

Event Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 10:45pm

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.

Event Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 4:30pm

The Campus Club is sponsoring a "Free to Attend" Winter Solstice Happy Hour on from 4:30 - 7:00 that is open to all.  It is a great opportunity for UMRA members to get together, socialize and celebrate the holiday.  Reservations can be made directly through the Campus Club at campusclubumn.org.  Mention that your reservation is for the UMRA tables and copy me so that I can keep a list of the attendees.

Please see the attached flyer for complete information.  And can contact me with questions at pimentamalageta@hotmail.com or 612-929-0233.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
Greg Owen

Greg Owen, consulting scientist and principal investigator with the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, will share insights into the role and stresses of informal or family caregiving among older adults and provide types of caregiving services that are available. UMRA workshops are free and open to everyone.

His PowerPoints are now available here.
Event Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:30am

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Sack will be the featured speaker at our luncheon on November 28. Sack will discuss how he approaches his craft and says he looks forward to a lively Q and A with the members of UMRA. 

Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

At the November 17 Book Club meeting Bright Dornblaser will lead the discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. 

Event Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

Photo Club meetings will start 30 minutes earlier, a schedule designed to beat the afternoon commuter crush at the end of the day. November 14 meeting will feature “mystery pictures.” 

Event Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:00am

This is a call to all UMRA members who have reservations for the November luncheon.  You are being asked to contact Judy Leahy Grimes if you know that circumstances will prevent you from attending the November luncheon.   As you know, most of the recent luncheons have been fully subscribed, necessitating the closure of reservations, meaning that some members who would have liked to attend were prevented from doing so.  Yet there are often name tags which have not been picked up and open spaces at some of the tables indicating that additional members might have been accommodated.  To allow as many people to come as possible we ask people to report if circumstances have changed which will prevent them from attending.  Contact Judy at  jleahy4654@aol.com  or 651-698-4387.  She is manageing a waiting list for those who want to attend.

Event Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:30pm

UMRA has compiled a wide variety of benefits for university retirees.  From the Campus Club and the University Bookstore, from parking discounts to the School of Music and Northrop, find out what the frugal retiree can do at a discount!

Event Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:30pm

At its October meeting,  the UMRA Board of Directors approved a partnership  with the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS).  The goal of MGS is “to provide educational and professional development for practitioners,  students, educators, researchers and others to enhance services for the aging  in Minnesota.”  The UMRA Board feels the free webinars listed on the MGS  site may be of particular interest to our members.  To get notices of all upcoming workshops, and MGS news and events, sign up for their mailing list.

Event Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Opioids:  Friend or Foe?

VAN (Vital Aging Network) offers a free lecture/discussion on opioid benefits and dangers.

The speaker will be Dr. Anne Pylkas, who is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine.

Register for the presentation event.

For more information, call at 651-917-4852 or info@vital-aging-network.org

Event Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:30pm

Retirees who purchase supplemental health insurance from the University of Minnesota, and any new U of M retirees who are considering doing so, will surely want to attend the Health Benefits Workshop following the UMRA luncheon on October 24. Come learn about the benefits offered by the U for the coming year, and encourage your fellow U of M retirees to attend, also. UMRA workshops are free and open to everyone. 

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Emily Baxter

FEBRUARY
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker
Emily Baxter, executive director
We Are All Criminals organization

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Beef bolognese over pappardelle; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, February 22
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking, 
send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline 
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date; 
to cancel, please call by Thursday, February 22

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:
Jessica Finlay

JANUARY
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker

Jessica Finlay, U of M doctoral candidate,
“Creating Supportive Environments for Aging in Place” 

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Roast cod with tomatoes, fennel, olives, and potatoes; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, January 18
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking,
send your check payable to UMRA to:
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date;
to cancel, please call by Thursday, January 18 

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:
November Luncheon  Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
Steve Sack, editorial cartoonist, Star Tribune
"Commentary in a Unique Art Form"

Menu

Italian sausage lasagna with Caesar salad, and coffee or tea.
*For vegetarian or gluten-free options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Monday, November 20
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by November 20.

Event Slides:
October Luncheon  Meeting
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
UMRA Board and Members
Town hall meeting: Discussing the future of UMRA

Menu
Frittata with caramelized onion, mushrooms and U of M
cheddar with mixed green salad, coffee, and tea.
*For vegetarian options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Thursday, October 19
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by October 19.

Event Slides:
September Luncheon  Meeting

Ed Ehlinger
Ed Ehlinger
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 4:17pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
Commisioner Ed Ehlinger
“Creating Health in our Community"

Menu
Cider-braised U of M chicken
Apples and squash, coffee and tea.
*For vegetarian options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Thursday, September 21
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by Sept. 21.

Event Slides:
MAY
FESTIVE LUNCHEON
AND ANNUAL MEETING

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Social in bar & lounge:10:30 a.m.
Luncheon in ABC: noon
Program will follow the Electionand brief Business Meeting.
Program Speaker
U Professor Julie Schumacher
“Dear Committee Members”

Menu
All meals are served with fresh-baked bread
and seasonal vegetables.
Please select one entrée from the following:

1. Trout Fillet, Brown Butter and Almonds: Oven
roasted trout drizzled with Hope Creamery brown
butter, lemon, and toasted almonds
2. Ricotta-Stuffed Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken
breast stuffed with bacon and ricotta, pan seared and
served with demi-glace
3. Beef Ribeye Steak: Grilled to medium rare and
sauced with red wine demi-glace. Served with skin-on
garlic mashed potatoes
Finale for all: assorted organic cookies, fresh brewed
coffee, and water will be served.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline: Wednesday, May 17
Cost: $30 per person
Please honor the reservationdeadline date; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by May 17.

(Note: those who prepaid for ayear’s luncheons are advised that
May was included, but you mustselect an entrée.)

Event Slides: