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

Contact Info

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



Book Club


Thursday, August 13, 10 am

The Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month.

$2 donation, members only.

Facilitated by: Dave Dunn

Discussing:  Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Checking out for September Discussion:  Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

One Topic, One Hour – Discussion Group

one-hour-uxEvery Monday at 10 am

Group leaders: Terry and Nick Nielsen

Members Only

Aug 3 – Clint’s Scotland trip
Aug 10 – Computer and Smart Phone Effect on Face-to-Face Communication
Aug 17 – National Debt Issues
Aug 24 – 16th Amendment – Is it Legal


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)



Fort Snelling: Outpost on the Mississippi


Presenting: Dale Blanshan

Tuesday, August 18, 10 am

Travel back in time for a visit to Minnesota’s first military installation, built at the juncture of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in order to establish the nation’s presence in the northern reaches of the Louisiana Purchase.  View the barracks, shops, guardhouse, store, and fortifications of the outpost and hear the Fort’s history through the years.  Learn what it was like in 1828 in the Commandant’s kitchen, the blacksmith’s shop, the commissary department, the sutler’s store, and the guardhouse.   Watch the soldiers raise the flag, practice drills, and fire the post cannon.

Get in Shape!


Exercise: On-Going Classes
Instructor: Kaethe Boyer

*SAIL – Stay Active and Independent for Life (Classic)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 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. Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

*Freedom FLEXIBILITY, (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.
Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

*CIRCUIT Training
Fridays, 9:30 am
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

Fridays, 10:30 am
This exhilarating exercise is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends a variety of upbeat music and contagious steps to form a “fitness party” that is downright addictive. Join us to have fun and get fit!

Free*, $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

*You may be eligible for free classes with your Medicare-Insurance Exercise Program. ExercisABILITIES programming.   Non-members and new members are welcome!

If you are an insurance member of the following Medicare secondary or advantage plans: Aetna, Humana, UCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medica, you may be eligible.

Please provide your Insurance Name/Number to the Business Office to see if you qualify. Allow 5 business days for processing!

Vietnam Documentary (By History Channel)


Friday, August 7, 11 am: Episode 1 and 2, 1.5 hours total

Friday, August 14, 11 am: Episode 3 and 4, 1.5 hours total

Friday, August 21, 11 am: Episode 5 and 6, 1.5 hours total

It’s not the war you know. It’s the war they fought.

Two years after the release of its landmark Emmy-winning series WWII in HD, HISTORY shifts its focus to a new generation and one of the most controversial chapters in American history, the Vietnam War. Vietnam in HD will immerse viewers in the sights, the sounds and the stories of the Vietnam War as it has never before been seen. Thousands of hours of uncensored footage–much of it shot by soldiers in action–will detail every critical chapter of the conflict. The war will unfold onscreen through the gripping firsthand accounts of 13 brave men and women who were forever changed by their experience in Vietnam.

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.