The Twin Cities Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents and friends of the college. The Lunch Connection is a monthly luncheon and speaker event hosted by the college. It is a great chance to network and socialize with others in the Twin Cities area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.
Speaker: Dick Edwards '64, Author and Speaker, Retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist
"'Mom, Dad...Can We Talk?' Insight and Perspectives to Help Us Do What's Best for Our Aging Parents"
Adult children and aging parents: a timeless topic and a timely topic. 75 million of Americans between ages 40 and 60, the Sandwich Generation of Boomers, are dealing the needs and concerns associated with their aging parents. As the population ages Boomers become the aging parents and the next generation of adult children assume the challenges. For many, these years of family life are often characterized by fear and frustration. Fear of what’s going to happen next, fear of the “fall call,” fear of failure, fear of not doing the “right thing." And, frustration with parents, siblings, and the system. Caring for aging parents can be a draining, push-pull that taps and saps time, energy and resources; and, tests and taxes family relationships. However, done right, this stage of family life can be a time for thanksgiving and celebration.
Dick Edwards has forty years of experience working closely with older adults and their families. For the last twenty years of his career Dick served as administrator of Charter House, a nationally recognized model of excellence in retirement living and long-term health care, affiliated with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At Mayo Clinic, Dick conducted early research on the question: Who does better at the business of growing older? For fourteen years, Dick served in the leadership of LeadingAGE Minnesota, a statewide association of not-for-profit providers of services for older adults. He also served in the national leadership of LeadingAGE. His excellence in leadership and knowledge concerning caring for aging parents has been honored by Mayo Clinic and LeadingAGE. He has consulted in the United States, Malaysia, Norway, and Ireland on topics related to older adult services and families in service to aging parents. Dick earned his Baccalaureate degree from Luther College and his Master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Pat, live in West Central Wisconsin and have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Special music provided by The OK Factor before the presentation:
Karla Dietmeyer '13 and Olivia (Hahn) Diercks '13 form The OK Factor, a classical crossover duo of the violin and the cello. The two write and perform their own music and just released their fourth studio album following a series of touring and performing. They have the honor of being Minnesota Public Radio Notes Artists for 2016-2017.
11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Event ends
$15.00 per person. Please register online by Wednesday, April 26th.
The Center for Changing Lives, Centrum Room
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
The dates for the academic year 2016 - 2017 are:
Friday, September 23, 2016 - Emily Holm '16, Communications and Marketing Fellow, Luther College
Friday, October 28, 2016 - Jodi Harpstead, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Friday, February 24, 2017 - Rob Larson, Vice President for Communications and Marketing and Scot Schaeffer, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Luther College - cancelled due to weather
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Dr. John Bodensteiner '66, Consultant for the Child and Adolescent Neurology Division, Mayo Clinic
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Dick Edwards '64, Retired Eldercare Specialist, Mayo Clinic; special music by The OK Factor
Kari Berg '73, Jim Boyce '64, Marcia Metzger, Pete Newburg '97, Dave Seidelmann '94, Joel Sommers '03, Carol Tomer '79, and Dan Waarvik '68