Mon - Thurs 9AM - 4PM
Friday 9AM - 1PM

Contact Info

121 N Broadway
Rochester, MN 55906
Fax: 507-424-6411



Caregiving: Coping with Compassion Fatigue and Book Launch Party / Meet and Greet the Author


Caregiving: Coping with Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday, September 23, 1 pm
Presenting: Harriet Hodgson
Caregiving is a demanding job with a to-do list that seems to get longer by the day. Many friends and paid caregivers experience compassion fatigue, a weariness of body and spirit. Examine the source of compassion fatigue, its many symptoms, why it is powerful, and what steps you may take to counter it. Attendees will receive a “Compassion Fatigue Checklist” and helpful articles.
Book Launch Party / Meet and Greet the Author (Following Above Presentation)



Get in Shape!


Exercise: On-Going Classes
Instructor: Kaethe Boyer

Basic Exercise
Mondays, 9:30 am, Fred Reed Hall
An awesome class set to music that allows you to have fun while strength training and increasing range of movement. Helps with balance and fall prevention.
$3/Members, $5/Non-Members

Freedom FLEXIBITY, (Active Arthritis)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Fred Reed Hall
This program is a recreational and educational program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. Each class includes a variety of exercises performed while sitting or standing, endurance building routines, and relaxation exercises.   This exercise can reduce pain and stiffness and maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability. Open to all abilities from basic to advanced.
$3/Members, $5/Non-Members

CIRCUIT Training
Wednesdays, 9:30 am, Fred Reed Hall
Circuit training is an excellent way to improve mobility, strength and stamina. The circuit training is comprised of 14 exercises that are completed twice, for one minute.  The exercises within each circuit are separated by a short walking period  Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members



Yes! We Will Have a New Name!


Yes! We Will Have a New Name

On June 23rd the membership of the Center was introduced to the name of the new center.  On July 7th at the groundbreaking event, the community was introduced to our future name that we will adopt when we move to our new home at 125 Elton Hills Drive.

Why a New Name?

When it comes to image and perception, research proves that an organization’s name is crucial.  The decision to rename senior centers is happening at hundreds of senior centers across the country.  Many have examined the issue and have changed their names.  A study  of over 200 senior centers by the National Institute for Senior Centers (NISC) in 2005 found over 60% were in favor of changing their name from senior center, and said the term “senior center” doesn’t serve them well any longer.  Why? Because baby boomers can’t relate to it.   The title “senior center” doesn’t adequately reflect the high activity level found in centers, and it makes it difficult to market centers to younger seniors.  Directors report that “there’s a negative image or stigma associated with the senior center name,” and that “it suggests a stereotypical view of people sitting around in a wheelchair playing cards”.  However, it should be noted that older individuals, typically over age 80 are fine with being a “senior” or “senior citizen” feeling they have earned the name.  “It’s younger people (baby boomers) who are the ones that have the problem, not older people”.

Why 125LIVE?

Our goal in rebranding and renaming was to ensure all individuals 60 and over would feel comfortable and welcome at our new home.  Moving to a new center was the perfect opportunity to do so.  It was important to create a name that wasn’t driven by age, but was focused on building community through common interests.   The goal was to create a unique, all-inclusive, energetic, modern, and ageless name and logo.  Our renaming process was driven by the board of directors who instructed a committee to achieve the goals set before them with the assistance of a consulting firm.  After brainstorming hundreds of names, hours of research, group discussions, utilizing the process of elimination, and examining market research, the name was selected.  From there the logo was formed.  Why 125?  Numbers are memorable.  It is our new address:  125 Elton Hills Dr.  Why LIVE?  Live rhymes with 5.  Again, memorable, easy to remember.  It’s short and easy.  LIVE evokes the feeling of energy, activity, vitality, and life.    The circle provides a feeling of connectedness, a center point, a gathering, a group, a destination.  The logo also was selected because it is clean, modern, easy to read, it’s friendly, energetic, and full of life.

How Will People Know it’s a Place for Older Adults?

Our logo will be used with pictures and images of older adults to ensure people understand what 125LIVE is.  We will use taglines like “Center for Active Adults”, “Active Enrichment Center” or “Enriching our Active Community” with pictures and images to ensure it is clear that we serve active older adults.

It may take a while to get the hang of the new name, but I know once you step through the doors to our new center, you will feel the energy, vision, and sense of community that IS 125Live!


Ground Breaking Event!!!!!

New Senior Center Ground Breaking Event Photos




The event was held on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30 am

The Center’s new home address is 125 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester.
Our new home will directly connect to the Rec. Center (21 Elton Hills Drive).



The fastest growing sport in America is especially popular for Seniors as it is played on a smaller court (the size of a badminton court).  It is played with a paddle (larger than a ping pong paddle) and a whiffle ball.  The balls are furnished, and there are paddles to use. We welcome NEW players!

The schedule is posted on RochesterPickleball.com.

**Nice weather: all play is at Cooke Park and free.

Play times are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings:  9 to 11:15 am

Free Clinics every Thursday:  7 to 9 pm, along with regular play.

Sunday Night: 4 to 6 pm

**Inclement Weather: Recreation Center Gym

Daily Fee: $4 or a 14 count punch card is available for purchase for $40 (averages out to $2.86 each time.


Wear comfortable clothes and non-marking shoes. Balls are furnished, and there are always extra paddles. Call Jan for further questions at 507-319-4695

Upcoming FREE Square Dance Lessons in September

dancing1-lgUpcoming FREE Square Dance Lessons

Beginning, September 8th at the Rochester Senior Center, from 2:45 to 4 pm.

Sponsored by Silver Treads Square Dance Club. No Partner Required.

Caller: Wayne Kubicek of Owatonna. For information call Keith and Pat Dillard at (507) 356-8134.

Hiking, Biking and Golf!

photo_hiking3Hiking & Nature Walking
Subject to Change

June 4
Root River Park, 10 am Meeting in Parking Lot
June 18
Quarry Hill, 9 am Meeting at Main Building
July 9
Mayowood Trail, 9 am Meeting in Parking Lot at Withers Sport Complex
July 16
Pinewood Trail, 9 am Meeting at Pinewood
August 13
Oxbow Park, 10 am Meeting at Visitor Center
August 20
Essex Park, 9 am Meeting in Main Parking Lot



2015 Biking Schedule
Every Wednesday
Subject to Change                  

May 13: 10 am Start Leaving from the Senior Center, riding to Mayowood,8 miles
May 20: 10 am Start Leaving from Soldiers Field playground parking lot to Quarry Hill,               6 miles
May 27: 10 am Start Leaving from the playground parking lot at Soldier’s Field, near the Golf Shop to Cascade (12 miles)
June 3: 10 am Start Leaving from Douglas Trail Head off Valleyhigh Drive riding to Pine Island (26 miles) or Douglas (9 miles)
June 10: 10 am Start Leaving from the playground parking lot at Soldier’s Field, near the Golf Shop, riding to Quarry Hill, 6 miles
June 17: 10 am Start Leaving from Douglas Trail Head off Valleyhigh Drive.
Ride open to discussion, depending on wind.
June 24: 10 am Start Leaving from Lower Level Parking Lot at Rec Center.
Ride open to discussion, depending on wind.
July 1: 9 am Start Leaving from Soldiers Field playground parking lot to Cascade
(12 miles)
July 8: 9 am Start Leaving from Douglas Trailhead off Valleyhigh Drive to Pine Island
(26 miles) or Douglas (9 miles)
July 15: 9 am Start Leaving from Soldiers Field playground parking lot to Quarry Hill, 6 miles
July 22: 9 am Start Leaving from Douglas Trailhead off Valleyhigh Drive.
Ride open to discussion, depending on wind.
July 29: 9 am Start Leaving from Lower Level Parking Lot at Rec Center.
Ride open to discussion, depending on wind.
August – October TBD


Friday Golf Schedule

Subject to Change                  

May 15 Northern Hills (back 9)
May 22 Hadley Creek
May 29 Soldiers Field
June 5 Northern Hills (back 9)
June 12 Soldiers Field
June 19 Hadley Creek
June 26 No Golf—Please Volunteer at Hole In One
July 3 Eastwood
July 10 Northern Hills (Back 9)
July 17 Soldiers Field
July 24 Hadley Creek
July 31 Eastwood
August 7 Northern Hills (back 9)
August 14 Soldiers Field
August 21 Hadley Creek
August 28 Soldiers Field
September 4 Northern Hills (back 9)
September 11 Hadley Creek
September 18 Eastwood
September 25 9 am, Soldiers Field (back 9) and Luncheon

Tee-time is at 8 am. No RSVP necessary.

-If others meet you on the back nine, let them play through. When meals follow or precede golfing, it is an additional charge to the golfer. Check weekly e-mail or website for schedule changes. No Staff from Center will be attending.

Senior Center Project – CURRENT STATUS


As we begin 2015, there is a lot of excitement in the air! Design for the project and construction documents are complete. The task of finding a contractor begins this week with a process called RFP – Request for Proposal.  Assuming this goes well, we anticipate shovels “hitting the dirt” in late March or early April! We are told that the build process will take anywhere from 12 – 18 months, so the “Big Move” is anticipated for late summer or early autumn of 2016.

We are continuing to assess providers for two very important components of the new facility: the Cafe AND the Wellness/Fitness center. We know both areas will be vibrant and welcome additions to our programming and enriching the lives of our members.

The committee that started working on the design for the building that we own next door, that we often refer to as the Podein Building, is continuing their work.  We are really hoping this can be a multi-purpose building, with a great woodworking shop, but also offering a bike shop, as well as a storage/working shop for our big fundraising activities where we need to organize donated items.  Currently, Birdie Logue and her crew of volunteers have worked wonders to transform it into a site for periodic rummage sales. Thanks guys!

Finally, and very importantly, we are near completion of our Capital Campaign Plans—this is a critical part of the project for us as we will be raising funds to furnish the building.  Your support in the campaign will be instrumental to our success as we prepare to fill the building with fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.  Our goal is $2.5M. Expect to see more about this very soon.

(Click on the photos below for a larger view!)

View from the South  New Center South Entrance

                                       View from the West                                                                   View from the North

New Center North EntranceNew Center West View