Living Well Workshop

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Children’s mental health in the 21st century

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How did children’s mental health become a public health crisis? How can you tell the difference between developmentally appropriate misbehavior and behavior that needs professional intervention? For answers to these and other questions, we invited Sarah Jerstad, clinical director of psychological services at Children's Minnesota, to be our guest speaker for UMRA’s April 16 workshop. 

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Sarah Jerstad

Alzheimer’s, dementia, and the brain explained

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Do you ever wonder whether it’s OK to forget names and nouns but not verbs? During UMRA’s March workshop, neurologist Paul Schanfield, MD, will simplify common neurological conditions related to dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and guide us through identifying symptoms, prevention, treatment, and acceptance. 

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Paul Schanfield

Knee issues in older adults and what can be done about them

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Whether you are contemplating knee replacement surgery or less drastic measures to address knee pain, swelling, and other maladies, you don’t want to miss UMRA’s Living Well Workshop with Elizabeth Arendt, MD. An in-demand speaker who is widely recognized for her clinical expertise, she will be talking to us about issues affecting knees in older adults. 

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Elizabeth Arendt

Therapeutic approaches to aging

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University of Minnesota researchers are exploring therapeutic interventions to treat aging and prevent age-related diseases. Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, leads the Medical School’s Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism and the Biology of Aging Medical Discovery Team and will share her work on aging—and how to slow it down—for UMRA’s Living Well Workshop on Tuesday, January 16, via Zoom. 

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Laura Niedernhofer

Showcasing UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees

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The UMRA grants program provides up to $5,000 for University retirees to continue their scholarship or to pursue new projects of interest. Three recent recipients of awards, including Barbara Frey (pictured), will be featured during UMRA’s Living Well Workshop on November 21. 

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Barbara Frey

U of M retiree health plans and Medicare advantage vs. supplement plans

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UMRA’s workshop on Open Enrollment for U of M retiree health plans for 2024 will include a briefing on the choice between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans, by Jeff Snegosky of BCBS of Minnesota, followed by an overview of the U of M’s retiree health insurance plans, by Katie Kolodge from the Office of Human Resources.

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Jeff Snegosky

Hearing, healthy aging, and OTC hearing aids

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We are fortunate to have two U of M experts on hearing and healthy aging, including Meredith E. Adams, MD, to present our first workshop of UMRA’s new program year. You can submit a question in advance when you register for this free Zoom webinar.

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Meredith Adams

Leveraging digital technology to support health and wellness

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There is now a plethora of wearable devices to monitor of your body’s functioning plus Bluetooth and other wireless technologies to support health and wellness. UMRA’s May workshop via Zoom will discuss how to select and use these technologies to support your health and fitness goals.

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Erica Schorr

College admissions: What you and your grandkids should know about applying for college

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The college-admissions process has become more complex in recent years. Do you have grandchildren or other family members who will soon be applying for college? If so, you should tune into UMRA’s April 18 workshop to hear first-hand from an expect, Keri Risic, executive director of admissions at the U of M Twin Cities.

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Keri Risic

How to protect your finances from consumer scams and fraud

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How criminals mislead consumers and deceive people into transferring money, and how to protect our finances from exploitation as we age, will be the focus of UMRA’s March 21 Living Well Workshop via Zoom, featuring gerontologist Marti DeLiema.

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DeLiema

Bone health and aging

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Orthopedic surgeon and Minnesota Top Doctor Julie A. Switzer, MD, has dedicated much of her career to making a difference in the care of older patients. She will discuss bone health and aging as the guest speaker for our February 2023 Living Well Workshop.

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Julie Switzer

Re-discover University Libraries

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The first UMRA workshop of 2023 will explore the world of content available to University retirees through the University of Minnesota Libraries, and provide tips for making the most of your online explorations using Google and the web.

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Carissa Tomlinson

Neuroplasticity in aging

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Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to rewire itself to function in new ways. This remarkable ability of the brain to be flexible, in both structure and function, to make new connections and adapt to the circumstances of life, will be the topic for discussion when Janet M. Dubinsky, Ph.D., joins us for UMRA’s Living Well Workshop on November 8. Please note the early date.

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Dubinsky

Medicare changes and your U of M health insurance options for 2023

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UMRA’s October health insurance workshop will feature a discussion of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and what it means for beneficiaries of Medicare. Staff from the U of M Office of Human Resources will then present their annual update on the University’s retiree health plans.

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2023 Benefits Enrollment

UMRA interest groups offer joy in belonging

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Our September workshop will feature UMRA members who have started and convened some of our interest groups, including the UMRA Hiking Club. They’ll give us a taste of what happens in their group and what they get out of exploring this interest with others.

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Our September workshop will feature UMRA members who have started and convened some of our interest groups, including the UMRA Hiking Club.