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

Contact Info

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


*CANCELLED* Deck The Halls –

.deckthehalls2 NOTICE:  We are canceling the Deck the Halls concert, on December 23

at the Rochester SEnior Center, due to a lack of advanced sales and interest at this time.  We plan to host them fora holiday event at 125 Live in December of 2016. Deck the Halls Wednesday December 23, 2 pm Cost: $7 Members, $10 Non-Members   See the Business Office for tickets.  Rochester Senior Center Fred Reed Hall.  This wonderful four person show consists of a baritone, who has played with the Minnesota Opera, a jazz singer pianist, who has performed regularly at The Saint Paul Hotel, along with a marvelous bassist and violinist! These are four skilled musicians who love to celebrate all of the music of the Christmas Season from classical to swing, with joy and beauty! Cookies and treats will be provided after the show!

Christmas Luncheon

christmaslunch2CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Wednesday, December 16th; RSVP By December 4th
$10.00 – Members Only!
Young at Heart singers will lead us in carols starting at 11:00 am.
LUNCH to follow at 11:45 am
MENU: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green bean casserole, dessert & beverage. Come join us for this wonderful time of holiday cheer and fellowship. Meal catered by HyVee North.

Pool Tournament

Saturday, December 5,  2015
10:00 AM Sign-Up
10:30 AM Start
$15.00 Entry Fee
Prizes — Food — Fun for All!
Fundraiser for Rochester Senior Center
Pool Room
American Legion
315 1st Ave NW,  Rochester, MN

Give to the Max!

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If you would like to support our
Capital Campaign
from the convenience of your home,

with a credit card

(Click below for Senior Center Donation Site)
Click Here to DONATE to the Rochester Senior Center

donate today!

Pledge forms are also accepted anytime via mail,
online at 125livemn.org
or at the Rochester Senior Center Business office.
Thank you!!

Join us today for our

Member Kick-Off Celebration
 for the Capital Campaign
Thursday, November 12th at 2:00pm
Event will be held in Fred Reed Hall
It starts with you! This will be an exciting event
to mark the official start of how you,
as members, can contribute to the campaign
and ensure we have the needed
contents for the New Center!”

Art Classes Start this Week!

 artClasses Start this week
4 classes in Nov & Dec
Holiday season of Art
Still Room in all classes.

We will be having a four week art session,
Nov. 11th & 12thNov.18th & 19th,
off for Thanksgiving, and back for 2 more weeks,
Dec. 2nd & 3rd, Dec. 9th & 10th. These classes are
open to all skill levels. Beginners and experts alike!
Our Instructor will be AJ Schrupp.
RSVP for this four week session and
pay before the first class.
There is a 4 student minimum to hold a class.
Drawing &/or Drawing with Color
Wed. 10:30 to Noon, Nov. 11 & 18 and Dec. 2 & 9
$20 for members, $30 for non-members
Please bring a pencil and sketchbook.
Oil Painting-NEW
Wed. 1 to 2:30 pm, Nov. 11 & 18 and Dec. 2 & 9
$25 for members, $35 for non-members
Students are welcome to bring their own paper and paints.
Starter kits are available for purchase from Hobby Lobby.

Watercolor Painting
Thurs. 1 to 2:30 pm, Nov. 12 & 19 and Dec. 3 & 10
$25 for members, $35 for non-members. Students are
welcome to bring their own paper and paints. Starter kits
will be available for purchase from the Senior Center.

We invite all Art students, present and past,
to join us for a holiday Potluck
Dec 10, at 11:30 am. Bring a dish to share, as well as
your favorite piece of art. Please RSVP to the Business
Office by Dec 7th so we know how many to plan for.

Rochester Scam Jam 2015

scam2Friday, December 4, 2015

Rochester Senior Center
121 North Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Please RSVP at
or 877-926-8300

What you need to know to avoid consumer
pitfalls and protect your hard-earned savings.

Join experts from AARP,
Better Business Bureau,
Lutheran Social Services and
Minnesota Elder Justice Center
as they discuss the finer points of financial
issues facing today’s families and seniors.
Consumer advocates (not salespeople) will
discuss reverse mortgages and how they
may or may not be right for you.
Hear about the taboo topic of financial
exploitation within the family and how both
individuals and caregivers can make sure their
savings is safe. A panel will also discuss
the latest trends in financial crime and
how to protect your pocketbook.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Rochester Senior Center
121 North Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
8:00 Registration and Resource Tables Open
Continential Breakfast
9:00 Panel – Dueling Scams
9:45 Reverse Mortgages – There’s More
to Know Than What the TV Says
10:30 Break – Visit Resource Tables
11:00 Family Financial Exploitation
– Have the Conversation
12:00 Closing
Register with the link below.
Contact Jay Haapala at 651-726-5654
with questions.
Please RSVP at
or 877-926-8300

Need Help with your Medicare Plan Comparisons for Open Enrollment?

medicareDon’t Let Medicare Issues Confuse You!
Help is available at no cost.  Schedule an appointment by calling
the Business Office, 287-1404.
Appointments are available Mon. and Thurs.
from 1 pm – 4 pm and Wednesday from 10 – 3 pm.
These sessions are conducted by Senior
Linkage Line Vol & our Center Advocate.
Medicare Open Enrollment is
October 15th — December 7th.
You once again need to consider the
upcoming options. Open enrollment is the time
to change your Medicare health plan
and prescription drug plan for 2016.
Even if you are satisfied with your current insurance,
it is still a good idea to check to make sure
your plan will still meet your needs.
Premium costs, co-pays and coverage
often change from year to year.
Make sure you have the current information
that you need to make an informed decision.

Memory Screening

181156970-1024x1024Memory Screening

Tuesdays from 10 am to Noon, starting September 15

The Rochester Senior Center will be offering memory

screenings through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

on Tuesdays from 10 am to Noon. Memory screenings are

an important first step towards determining if you may

have a memory problem; however, they are not used to

diagnose any illness and do not replace a consultation with

a qualified healthcare professional. Appointments will be

available every half hour and can be made by calling the

Rochester Senior Center at (507)287-1404. The screening

is free, open to all ages and the general public.

Warning Signs of Dementia

  • Trouble with new memories
  • Relying on memory helpers
  • Trouble finding words
  • Misplacing familiar objects
  • Making bad decisions
  • Personality changes
  • Struggling to complete familiar actions
  • Confusion about time, place or people
  • Onset of new depression or irritability
  • Loss of interest in important responsibilities
  • Seeing or hearing things
  • Expressing false beliefs

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 125 LIVE?

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 125 LIVE 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 125 Live!


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).