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Reflections on Aging

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New Book hopes to dispel myths and shed new light on a subject of importance to all.
Reflections on Aging
By local author, Bruce McBeath, Ph. D.
Saturday, March 14, 1 pm
Learning about the actual interior life of older adults, has
substantially challenged our assumptions about aging, and
reshaped our perspective about growing older. The book is a
view from the inside of aging, with a collection of essays and photographs. Books
available for purchase and signing following presentation. Article on book recently
featured in January edition of “Generations of Today”. Bruce McBeath, Ph. D. is a
clinical psychologist with an emphasis on the psychology of aging which serves as
a source for this book.


The Game of Golf: By Ken Ellsworth, PGA Player
Wednesday, March 11, 10 am
We encourage you to join us on this journey to learn about a PGA Player. Ken has offered to instruct upcoming golf lessons! Connect and enjoy the beauty that is golf — before, during and especially after a round. Stop and smell the grass and perhaps occasionally do it with a drink in hand. Open to all ages, general public and no RSVP.
Ellsworth played in the PGA Tour from 1968 to 1976. Ken won the Bridgestone Golf Classic in Japan in 1970 which resulted in Ken appearing on the cover of Golf Digest. His first tournament on tour was the Hawaiian Open which resulted in Ken playing in the final pairing with Lee Trevino (who eventually won). Lee told Ken that day, “Take a close look because you are going to learn a lot today, kid”.


River Bend Senior Living

Wednesday, March 18th, pm.

Curious to know what that beautiful new building which just opened along the Zumbro River, North of the Silver Lake Bridge is all about? Shannon Day, Community Relations Director, and Gerise Thompson, Memory Care Director, will give a presentation on this new Independent/Assisted living and Memory Care Community.   Find out about River Bend’s Aging in Place philosophy and what this means to you on Refreshments will be provided.


Plummer House

Wednesday, March 25, 1 pm

Presenter: Dana Knaak
In 1917 Dr. Henry S. Plummer and his wife Daisy, began construction of “Quarry Hill” later to be known as the Plummer House.  Dr. Plummer personally formulated the plans for the house which included many innovations that were far advanced for that day and age.  In 1924 the 65 acre estate consisted of the house, greenhouse, water tower, garage and gazebo.  When the house was built the property included 65 acres. Today 11 acres remain and are maintained by the Rochester Park and Recreation Department.


The house is an English Tudor Mansion and was constructed between 1917 and 1924.   The roof is made entirely of slate.  Twenty-five percent of exterior stone was mined from the property. Today the house, water tower and grounds occupy 11 acres.  The furniture in the house is all original. There are two caves on the property, one going into the house and the other under the water tower. The house has 49 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 9 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces. The house is over 300′ long and is 5 stories high . Innovative features that were built into the house included: central vacuum system, underground sprinkler system, inter-communications system, security system, dumb waiter, electricity and gas lighting, first gas furnace in the city, garage door openers, heated pool, water tower, and many other special features.   Come and learn. Open to all ages, general public and no RSVP.
Dr. Plummer began working at the Mayo Clinic in 1901 and was there until his death in 1936.  He was a physician, architect, tool and die maker and inventor.  He set up the record keeping system at the Mayo clinic, designed many buildings and invented the pneumatic tube. Daisy Plummer was a gifted musician.  Her mother’s maiden name was Mayo.   daisy lived at the Plummer House until 1969.  She and Dr. Plummer had two adopted children, Robert and Gertrude. (If Room)


One Topic, One Hour

Every Monday at 10 am

Group leaders: Terry and Nick Nielsen

March 2: Bakken Oil Bust

March 9: Cuba Presentation

March 16: Loss of Wetlands from New Developments

March 23: Reverse Mortgage; Good or Bad?

March 30: Somali Culture

Topics subject to change.


10 Keys to a Successful Financial Plan

Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 am

Typically 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Greg Snider, Attorney, CFP®, ChFC®, Morgan Stanley

There is a big difference between investing and a plan that puts you on the path to the retirement you envision.  Of course, today more than ever, investments are essential.  But investments alone aren’t enough to achieve your retirement goals.  Achieving it will take an in-depth, logical, personalized approach.  Are your investments aligned with your estate plan? Do you have a risk management strategy in place?  Is your attorney, accountant and financial advisor in agreement and working together on your long-term goals?

The “Retirement Standard” brings together a unique combination of decades of experience, individualized attention and a deep commitment to delivering personalized retirement strategies.  A thoughtful and thorough process, it encompasses 10 elements that are key to a successful plan.  Come get started creating your plan.


March Millions!!!

Make a BIG impact!

Your donation can be DOUBLED!

The Otto Bremer Foundation is generously matching donations made by any individual through GiveMN.org up to $100,000 per organization, before the full $1 million is reached during the month of March!

The Senior Center is excited to announce that we have been invited to participate!

To take advantage of this opportunity and receive the matching gift from the Otto Bremer Foundation, we invite anyone who would like to donate to submit an on-line donation to the Rochester Senior Center March 1, 2015! GiveMN.org is a reputable, secure, and simple on-line service that will be used by the Otto Bremer Foundation. The $1 Million Dollars will be matched quickly, so it is important that you make your donations on March 1st or as soon as possible after that date. Unfortunately, no checks payable to or received by the Senior Center will apply to the match.

This is an important opportunity to make a difference as we continue to enrich the lives of seniors in Rochester.

We are eligible for up to $100,000 in MATCHING funds!  Let’s make every dollar count!!!

Click HERE to donate!

 Please give generously; our mission of enriching the lives of older adults depends on YOU!


Kiwanis Chili-Feed

Kiwanis Chili-Feed

Warm up your winter on Saturday, March 14th, at the 24th. Annual Kiwanis Chili Feed benefiting the Rochester Senior Center!

Tickets are: $7 – adults, $3 – children 5-12, and kids under 5 eat free!
Stop by the Senior Center between 11 am – 6 pm and warm up for a great cause!

Carry out Available

Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member, at the Senior Center business office, or at the door. 

Donations will also be accepted.

All proceeds go to the Senior Center. The value of any tax-deductible contribution taken would be whatever is paid or given in excess of the $3.00 per meal cost.


Live Video Conferences

Live Video Conferencs

Television and internet production technology concept

Arthritis and Aging

Monday, March 23, 10 am

The topics for the broadcast will be Arthritis, the anatomy of the knee and hip, and joint pain treatment options.

The speaker will be Dr. Christopher D. Mudd from Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Mudd is an Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in total joint replacement procedures. He attended St. Louis University for his undergrad studies, medical school, and residency. He was the chief resident while at SLU Medical School and did his total joint reconstruction fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic.  All ages welcome, free and open to the general public.


The Dangers in National Parks

Wednesday, March 25, 10 am
Presenting: Brown Museum, National Park Service
Explore some of the most beautiful places in the world, as well as some of the most deadly – America’s National Parks. Although most visitors recognize the inherent dangers in exploring their parks, a good number are ignorant of the potential life threatening situations that can occur when you go on vacation and forget to pack your common sense.  David is a twenty year veteran of the National Park Service and he will share stories and images from some of the truly awe-inspiring places he has worked. The program will highlight Grand Canyon, Arches, Joshua Tree and Canyonlands National Parks and touch on many of the other parks in the system. All ages welcome, free and open to the general public.

Tuesdays: Yoga and Meditation

Senior Yoga

Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30 am
Instructor: Lisa Puhl
An adaptable chair yoga class, all levels can enjoy. Yoga will increase your flexibility, muscle strength and tone. Improve respiration, energy and vitality. Maintain your balanced metabolism. Improve Cardio and circulatory health. Come relax and release in a easy going atmosphere.
Suggested donation, members only: $3

Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Instructor: Lisa Puhl
With regular practice of meditation: Anxiety decreases, Emotional stability improves, Creativity increases, Happiness increases, Intuition develops, Gain clarity and peace of mind, Problems become smaller, Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
Suggested donation, members only: $2

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

Do you have an ongoing health condition?

Live Well logo

Are you age 60+ with an ongoing health condition?
Learn to Live Well with Chronic Conditions

Thursdays, beginning March 26
6 weeks, last session on April 30
Presented by Elder Network
You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, the Living Well with Chronic Conditions can help you take charge of your life. Pre-registration is required. This workshop is provided free of charge.
Limited Space, Contact Elder Network register: 507-285-5272

Free Help with Taxes – February 4 – April 15



Free assistance in filling out federal and state tax forms will be available again this year for senior citizens with low-to-moderate incomes, beginning February 4. This includes the property tax refund for which either homeowners or renters with low income may qualify even if they are not required to file an income tax return.

Trained counselors in the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will be available in the Rochester Senior Center every Wednesday and Thursday, noon-3:00 p.m., February 4 through April 15. Appointments can be made by calling the Center at 287-1404 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning January 5.

In addition, days are scheduled to complete property tax refund forms for building residents at various high-rise apartments (Central Towers, Fontaine Towers, Gramercy Park, High Pointe, Meadowlakes, Northgate Plaza, Park Towers, Realife Cooperative and Shorewood). Arrangements can also be made for counselors to provide tax help in homes of those who are homebound by calling the Senior Center.

Please note that, in order for the tax counselors to help complete your tax forms at the time of your appointment, you should bring the following:

  • Social Security (or ITIN) cards for everyone in your family
  • Photo ID’s (driver license or other government photo ID) for taxpayer (and spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Copies of your completed 2013 tax returns (last year’s returns)
  • Any tax information you have received in the mail regarding tax year 2014
  • W-2 forms and other income/tip information (including welfare payments received)
  • 1099 forms (eg, interest, dividends, social security, pension benefits, unemployment compensation)
  • Any Form 1095-A,B, or C you received if you or any dependents do not have Medicare and have used private insurance or MNsure for health insurance this year. identification number)
  • 2014 Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) forms received from your landlord
  • Real estate tax statement for Taxes Payable in 2015 (property tax refund)

Some volunteer translators are available in other languages on request. Ask when you call.


If your income is low, it is important to prepare a tax return even if you do not owe taxes. If you earned wages, you may qualify for earned income credit. Also, if you are a renter, you may qualify for a property tax refund if your household income is less than $58,060 (if a homeowner, less than $107,150, or an increase of over 12% and at least $100 since last year).

Questions? Call 287-1404 and an AARP tax counselor will get back to you.