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April 22, 2015
Investment Fraud Awareness Training
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carondelet Village – Auditorium
525 Fairview Ave., S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Sponsored by the US Attorney General's office. RSVP to or call 612-664-5743.

April 24, 2015
Minnesota Gerontological Society Annual Conference
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Seniors/retirees, you are invited to attend to the 39th Minnesota Gerontological Society Annual Conference, "Designing Our Destiny: Aging Ain't for Sissies-Challenges, Opportunities, and Affordability". Cost: $45.00---includes: coffee, lunch, post conference reception, and prize drawings! Go to or call 952-829-5937.

May 3, 2015
Celebrate Spring!
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Free and easy parking on the south side
of the Swedish Institute

books-sm_350Join us for our annual event filled with live music, and engaging speakers, in a world-renowned setting. Enjoy gourmet snacks while bidding in the silent auction. Everyone attending will be entered in a special prize drawing.

Meet two Minnesota authors
Jane Wyman Donnelly Birks, author of Still Kicking and other entertaining memoirs
Bruce McBeath, PhD, author of Reflections on Aging: Greeting the Changing Face in the Mirror

Proceeds will support Vital Aging Network’s mission of growth and contribution as we age.

Cost: $20
Space is limited.

Register now!

Download the flyer
Everyone is welcome!

May 9, 2015
VAN Workshop: Re-Defining Home
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
American Danish Center
3030 West River Parkway South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

istock_000025825637-web_250The Vital Aging Network invites you to learn, share, and talk about place. What it means to us today, what we want it to mean for us as we embrace this exciting phase of life and what it needs to provide us as we age.

Cost: $35 includes lunch

Register today! Space is limited.
Download the flyer.

May 12, 2015
VAN Forum: 2015 National Senior Games
Get in the mood with a pickleball demonstration!

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Baseline Tennis Center
East Bank, University of Minnesota
1815 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join us for a demonstration of the hottest game going-pickle ball! Learn about the Senior Games and volunteer opportunities. 

2015_senior_games_logo_200Bloomington, Minneapolis and Saint Paul will host more than 12,000 athletes ages 50 and up from all over the country, competing in 19 different events including track & field, archery, cycling, pickle ball, tennis and more.

Pickle ball - It's part tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It's low impact and easy to learn-perfect for people of all ages.

Free and open to the public.  Register now.
Take the Green Line or use the Parking facilities near the Baseline Tennis Center 
Download the flyer.

The Vital Aging Network is please to partner with the 2015 National Senior Games to bring you this forum.

May 14, 2015
Aging With Gusto Discussion Series
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hamline United Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104

aging_gusto_logo_wordring-sm_172In partnership with the Vital Aging Network, the Hamline-Midway Elders will be hosting a 3 part discussion series (May 14, 21, and 28) for individuals 50+  to share their thoughts on how we view aging and how we treat one another and ourselves as we age. Dinner will be provided at each session. Space is limited to 30 individuals and reservations are required. Cost: $25 registration fee to help offset the meal costs. For more information and to register, please contact Tom Fitzpatrick at Hamline Midway Elders at 651-209-6542 or

May 19, 2015
Advance Care Planning
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Edina Senior Center
5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN 55436

Making your own health care treatment choices and naming someone to speak for you if you are unable, is important.  In the event of a sudden illness or injury you may not be able to communicate your care choices to your loved ones or to your healthcare team.
Advance Care Planning—Honoring Choice is an ongoing process of evaluating and reflecting on your medical options in light of your values, beliefs, goals and current health status.  Advance Care Planning is for anyone 18 and older.  Trained facilitators can help you begin the conversations and develop an advance care plan or complete a Health Care Directive at no cost to you.  Ensure that your choices are known!

To register, call 612-672-7272 or online at

May 28, 2015
Planning for a Good Life to the Very End
12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Walker Methodist Place
3107 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55409

At this conference and luncheon participants will learn simple steps you can take now to plan for a better life and end-of-life.  Gain an understanding of the emotional, spiritual, medical and legal aspects of planning for life---and death. Sponsored by Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, P.A.  Register online.  Contact Roxanne Cornell at or call 952-925-4147 for more information.

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