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Graham Bennett, 14, teaches Riki Jursik, right, how to use her laptop.

Local teen volunteers to help seniors with technology

Graham Bennett is a teenage tech wizard who comes to The Kenwood once a week to help residents with their phones, iPads, laptops, and computers. From helping his grandparents, Graham got the idea to help older adults who live at The Kenwood which is near his home and school.

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Kenwood Knitters

Seniors from The Kenwood Knitters donate to teens at Peris Hill

Seniors from The Kenwood retirement community donated knitted hats, mittens and scarves to teens at Peris Hill for the the holidays.

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Maria Bales

Citizen of the World – Maria Bales

On any given day, you probably won’t find Maria Bales in her Kenwood apartment. The self-described “Hungarian Minnesotan and world traveler” makes a point to get out every day.

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David Johnson standing in front of maps

The Importance of Life-Long Learning – David Johnson  

David Johnson is an explorer. In retirement he became the president of the University of Minnesota’s Elder Learning Institute now (now Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI)

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Katherine Doepke

The Healing and Connecting Power of Music – Katherine Doepke

Everything about Katherine Doepke goes back to her love of music. Even the large, hooked rug in her living room, which she completed years ago, is musical. It has a structure, colors and tones, and is pleasing to the eye.

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Mahmoud El-Kati

Active Activist – Mahmoud El-Kati

If you can’t find Mahmoud El-Kati in his apartment at the Kenwood Retirement Community, look in the library or the workout room. At age 86, Mahmoud continues to seek, and create knowledge and keep himself physically healthy. He is a long-time activist, teacher, lecturer, writer and commentator on the African American experience. Despite the continuing struggle of our country to face our history of slavery and racism, Mahmoud remains optimistic. He feels that “human beings can change their attitudes.”

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Ruth Anne Olson and Anthony Morley

Building Community through Lifelong Learning at the Kenwood

Ruth Anne Olson and Anthony Morley have been enjoying life at the Kenwood for 18 years. Anthony discovered the Kenwood when he took an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) class on women poets. The couple had already been thinking of moving. They wanted to stay in the city and the location was walkable and on bus lines. Ruth Anne hadn’t lived in a high-rise for a long time, and she felt young again when she moved in.

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Sally Howard

Perennially Active – Sally Howard

Kenwood Retirement Community resident Sally Howard is a go-getter. She’s friendly, energetic, and a great listener. During the pandemic, when social isolation was the norm, an attentive housekeeper at The Kenwood noticed that Sally and another resident had the same painting, a scene from Puerto Vallarta in Sally’s beloved Mexico. The housekeeper asked Sally to pay a socially-distanced visit to the other home-bound resident. Sally was thrilled to be able to chat with a new friend.

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