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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.

January 27, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

Tom Fisher will speak on “ The Third Industrial Revolution—New Ways of Living”

Tom Fisher, University of Minnesota professor of architecture and dean of the College of Design, will speak on “The Third Industrial Revolution — New Ways of Living” at the UMRA luncheon meeting, January 27.

Tom FisherEconomist Jeremy Rifkin, in his book, Third Industrial Revolution, posited the third industrial revolution “…will fundamentally change every aspect of the way we work and live.” Professor Fisher utilizes this Rifkin hypothesis to theorize on the future impacts to the profession of architecture, our built environments, our cities, the natural environment, higher education, and our values in society and cultures.

In his article, “Cities in the Third Industrial Revolution” (Huffigton Post, 3/6/14), Professor Fisher wrote, “The Great Recession may well represent the start of what the economist Jeremy Rifkin has called ‘The Third Industrial Revolution.’ If the fiRst industrial revolution of the 19th century ushered in the mechanization of hand labor, with the steam engine as its iconic technology, and the second industrial revolution of the 20th century arose with mass production and consumption of goods, with the assembly line as its icon, the third industrial revolution has emerged with computer-controlled fabrication technology, like 3-D printing.”

In his presentation Professor Fisher will build on this paradigm to explore what has already occurred in our economy, our cities, the place and way we live and work, and what can we expect in the future. Tom Fisher is recognized as a national leader in architecture, design, and urban planning. He has a distinguished career in architecture and as an editor and editorial director of the professional journal, Progressive Architecture.

Since 1996, he has been dean of the College of Architecture at the university of Minnesota, and in 2005 he led the college through a consolidation with the design departments formerly in the College of Human Ecology to form the College of Design. He has been recognized for his research, teaching, and public service by the University of Minnesota, the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, and in the publishing profession.

Dean Fisher is a scholar, educator, community servant, and opinion leader. As a leader in his profession, he has served on 60 advisory committees and jury panels from California to Boston and New York City to Edina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and master’s in Intellectual History from Case Western Reserve University.

We are fortunate to have his academic and professional leadership as the dean of the University’s College of Design. and, we are delighted to have him as our January luncheon speaker.

— Kathleen O’Brien, Program Committee

Where to live? January housing workshop continues
with homes designed for aging in place
Marilyn Bruin

On January 27 the third and fial workshop in the “Living Well in Later Life” series about housing choices will focus on making one’s current home work better towards the goal of aging in place.

Marilyn Bruin and Becky Yust, professors in the College of Design, will present recent research that addresses the risks and consequences of not making changes to one’s current home and the major changes that can make a difference.

Becky YustMany aesthetically pleasing choices for home modifications are available today, and we will look at some that allow successful aging in place. The guiding principles center on the application of universal design—the concept of designing products and the environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or status. Discussions will include identifying the community attributes that best support aging in place.

The workshop follows the luncheon program in Campus Club ABC at approximately 1:30 p.m. Members as well as guests and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

Sharing our ideas and resources—
From the Cares Committee desk

If, after the housing workshops, you are interested in more information about housing options in the metro area, there is a reference you may fid quite helpful. Look for the Senior Housing Directory, 2014-15 edition. This free annual publication of the Care Options Network organizes detailed information by type of housing: Condominiums and Cooperatives, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Rental Housing and Townhomes, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Home Care, and Assisted Living Care Suites. It includes a Twin Cities map, divided into four quadrants, a list of Senior /Community Centers, and a comprehensive list of Resources and Services for Seniors.

This outstanding publication can be invaluable to anyone considering a move from their current residence. It is also available online at a new 2015-16 edition is planned for spring distribution.

— Earl Nolting, UMRA Cares Committee








Call for volunteer panelists to discuss... ‘How we chose where to live and why’

The Cares Committee and workshop leaders seek UMRA members who have moved from single family dwellings to a new living arrangement to participate in a panel discussion about their move. Please contact us if you have selected one of the following models and would like to tell us about it:

Independent living in an apartment or condo

Senior-only condo or apartment building Cooperative unit – including the senior cooperative at 1666 Coffman Special-needs, senior-only housing: assisted living

Retirement facility with “continuity of care” services

Specific care services—memory units, other services

Since there are many possible options, discussions of each setting will be brief.

To volunteer, please call the UMRA office (612-626-4403) or send an e-mail to with your name, housing, and phone number: Questions—call UMRA Cares committee co-chairs: Van Linck (651-490-385) or Earl Nolting (651-633-4333).

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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(


Skip Humphrey

Hubert (Skip) Humphrey III spoke from a long career as a consumer advocate, "Scams for Seniors to Avoid" at the September, 2014 luncheon

Mary Nichols

At the October meeting, Mary Nichols provided food for thought as she discussed the technologies that continue to be applied to education