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Monthly Meeting Schedule and Speakers

UMRA’s members gather at 11:30 at the Campus Club, in Conference Room ABC, on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, for lunch, good fellowship, and an interesting speaker.

Meeting Reservations ARE Required

Reservation Deadline is always the Thursday before the meeting

Please phone or email your reservations and send your check payable to UMRA for $16 for each reservation to:

UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or

Please honor the reservation deadline date; if cancellations are necessary, please let us know by noon the preceding Thursday.

April 28, 2015 program and workshop will focus on caregiving with speaker Robert L. Kane, M.D.

We are pleased to have University professor Robert l. Kane explore the topic of caregiving at both the luncheon program and the workshop in April.

Given demographic realities, the chances are very high that most of us will be called on to give care to someone. Indeed, many UMRA members have already had this experience and often state that they entered into the caregiving role unprepared and ignorant about what was involved.

Robert Kane, MDOur speaker and workshop leader, Robert l. Kane, M.D., holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where he was formerly the dean. He directs the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging, the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC), the Clinical Outcomes Research Center, and an AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center. He has conducted numerous research studies on both the clinical care and the organization of care for older persons, especially those needing long-term care.

Dr. Kane has analyzed long-term systems both in this country and abroad and is the author or editor of 34 books and more than 500 journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics and health services research. Recent books include The Heart of Longterm Care, Assessing Older Persons, the 7th edition of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, Conducting Health Care Outcomes Research, and Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness.

He and his sister, Joan West, have written It Shouldn't Be This Way, an account of the struggles to get adequate long-term care for their mother. That experience led to his founding a national organization dedicated to improving long-term care, Professionals with Personal Experience with Chronic Care (PPECC), which has more than 800 members. He recently wrote a book specifically to help caregivers of older persons, The Good Caregiver. He is a graduate of Harvard University Medical School.
His current research addresses both acute and long-term care for older persons, with special attention to the role of managed care, chronic disease, and disability. Dr. Kane has consulted to a number of national and international agencies, including the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Aging. Among many national and international awards, he was elected to the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center's Academy for Excellence in Health Research.

For this luncheon presentation Dr. Kane will draw on his research and his personal experience to identify some principles that everyone should bear in mind, including some practical tips for caregivers.

— Earl Nolting, UMRA Cares Committee

Seared Salmon with Cucumber
Yogurt Sauce over Couscous.
For vegetarian or gluten-free
options, please request when
making your reservations.

April 28 Living Well in Later Life Workshop: "Addressing practical problems in giving care"

Following his luncheon presentation at the April UMRA meeting, speaker Dr. Robert Kane will lead a workshop on caregiving as part of our series, Living Well in Later Life.

Tthis workshop will feature a panel of UMRA members who have been involved in caregiving. Speaking from their experiences, they will address questions from Dr. Kane and share lessons that they have learned. Dr. Kane will then open the session to more discussion from the group as a whole.

We plan to discuss various activities that we might pursue following this workshop to continue this dialogue on caregiving and help others with this challenging and vital task.

Plan to attend this workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Campus Club ABC room. All members, guests, and visitors are welcome.

— Earl Nolting, UMRA Cares Committee

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Program Committee (2014-15)

Jean Kinsey (President-Elect & Chair),, 651-636-8636
John S. Adams (Immediate Past President),;; 612-925-1340
Harold Miller (President),;
Kathy O'Brien,, 612-722-8475
Richard H. Skaggs;;
Shirley Zimmerman,, 952-926-8644
Ron Anderson;;
Van Linck,, 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting,, 651-633-4333

The Program Committee is always looking for good speaker ideas. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jean Kinsey(

M Osterholm

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John Adams

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Mary Nichols

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