Date(s) - Wed, Mar 27
9:30 am - 11:00 am
FiftyNorth Senior Center
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Hot Topics is an educational and thought-provoking series that brings in experts on current topics in the news and on our minds. Each session includes a background talk on the topic followed by an interactive discussion. All sessions held at FiftyNorth. Pre-registration required. Nonmember cost is $9/session; Member $7/session. 507-664-3700.
Wednesday, January 30, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Room 103: Workforce Crisis in Eldercare. Presented by Kyle Nordine, CEO of Northfield Retirement Community, and Tom Nielsen, VP of Long-Term Care at NRC. The need for personal care workers is due to increase by over 25% in the next 3 years. Yet 1 in 7 caregiver positions in care facilities to unfilled. How will this impact our care as we age?
Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 – 11:00 am., Room 103: Our Economic Life! Sharing vs Concentration. Presented by Bill Carlson, retired Professor of Economics, St. Olaf College. The US economy is experiencing major challenges. Problems have been developing for years due to changes in economic and societal structures and our inability to develop policy in response. How have we gotten to this point? Developments resulting from our newly elected House and its interaction with the Executive Branch and the Senate could generate material for discussion!
Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 – 11: 00 a.m., Room 103: Global Wild Weather. Presented by Alan Anderson, Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Why is the weather hitting such extremes – from tornadoes where they have never been seen before, extreme drought and wild fires, torrential rains and flooding? What is causing it? What can we expect in the future and how can we deal with this wild weather?
Wednesday, March 13, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Room 103: Immigration and Refugees: Policies and Actions. Presented by Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak, Assoc. Professor of Political Science, St. Olaf College. What is the difference between immigrants and refugees and what are the policies and laws for dealing with both groups? What does data show on the impact of these people on our country? Do we have a moral obligation to help people trying to come to our country?
Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Room 106: Food Insecurity. Presented by Jeffrey Coultas and Anika Rychner, Community Action Center. Food insecurity is defined as “the state of being without consistent reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food due to a lack of money and resources.” An estimated 40 million Americans including more than 12 million children and 8 million seniors deal with food insecurity. What factors contribute to this? What resources are available and what more needs to be done?