Age-Friendly University Day

A day filled with discussions on financial fraud, mindfulness, climate change, and more

June 26, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The event will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis Campus.

Today, unlike any time in history, there are more older people than children in Minnesota. This demographic reality is here for the long term and will impact the core of work in all sectors. As they move into retirement, today’s older adults and Baby Boom Generation carry with them lifetimes of experience in innovation, creativity, and leadership. At the University, we choose to purposefully engage them for the betterment of our University and communities.

To coalesce our work across campus, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the first institution for higher learning in Minnesota to enroll in the Global Network of Age-Friendly Universities. On June 26, 2023 we will be holding the second annual Age-Friendly University Day at McNamara Alumni Center. This event will bring around 250 retirees, older Minnesotans and lifelong learners together at the event. Activities will include a keynote presentation by Diana Pierce, a panel hosted by NPR correspondent Chris Farrell, breakout sessions on financial fraud, mindfulness, and climate change, and more!

8:00 a.m.

Tai Chi Quan

Presented by: Trellis

8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Remarks

Rajean Moone, Ph.D., Age-Friendly UMN Council

9:15 a.m.

What’s Next: Creating Your Personal Portfolio of Life

Diana Pierce

9:35 a.m.

Finding Purpose & Passion

Chris Farrell (moderator)
Featured Panelists: Rose W. Chu, PhD | Sheila Peyreud | Anthony Taylor

10:35 a.m.

Break & Booths

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – Trends in Fraud and Identity Theft: A Perfect Storm

Presented by: Jay Haapala, AARP Minnesota

Session 2 – AGING with Resilience, Mindfully

Presented by: Mariann Johnson, Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Session 3 – Planetary Health – What Every Senior Needs to Know About Climate Change

Presented by: Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP & Phillip Peterson, MD

12:00 p.m.

Lunch, booths, shopping & chat time

1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Repeat)

2:00 p.m.

Age-Friendly University Day concludes

Age-Friendly Minnesota Logo


Partner Sponsors:

AARP Minnesota


This conference is part of the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), award U1QHP33076. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Additional funding for the Minnesota Northstar GWEP is provided by a gracious gift from the Otto Bremer Trust. The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is also supported by the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Friend Sponsor:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

  • AARP Minnesota
  • Age-Friendly Minnesota Council
  • Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation
  • Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
  • Friends & Co.
  • Juniper
  • Masonic Cancer Center
  • Minnesota Alumni Market
  • Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
  • Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness
  • One Stop Student Services
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Southeast Seniors
  • The Pillars of Prospect Park
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association
  • University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
  • University of Minnesota Foundation
  • University of Minnesota Retirees Association
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • University of Minnesota Women’s Club

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