If you think aging means slowing down, you clearly haven’t checked out the numerous programs and activities geared toward seniors in Roseville, Minnesota, which is located near our home in Maplewood. One hot spot of activity is the Roseville Area Senior Program. Better known as RASP, the program offers everything from educational materials and community engagement to important services like transportation. If you aren’t already familiar with RASP, it’s time to learn how this community-focused program can enrich your life and help you enjoy your golden years.
Roseville Area Senior Program
There are many benefits that make the Roseville Area Senior Program worthwhile, but one of the main attractions is the program’s selection of classes. RASP offers a little of everything. There are education programs, advocacy opportunities, financial assistance, and many other ways for the 55+ crowd to stay informed, educated, and involved. RASP even offers Defensive Driving classes, including an 8-hour class for first-time participants and a 4-hour refresher class for return drivers. Both classes are taught by professional trainers from the Minnesota Safety Council.
If you’re looking for opportunities to socialize, you’re in luck! RASP has a busy calendar of activities and games nights throughout the month. Join the weekly cribbage or mahjong games. Take part in ballroom dancing sessions. There are also knitting groups, men’s discussion sessions, caregiver education seminars, and ukulele jam sessions. And each month features health seminars and evaluations, from blood pressure screenings and foot care clinics to hearing aid cleanings.
Providing support and care to Roseville seniors is at the heart of RASP’s mission. With a focus on service, the organization teams up with Meals on Wheels to bring healthful meals to older adults and disabled people around the community. This program, like many of RASP’s offerings, is largely operated by volunteers of all ages. If you’re interested in lending your time and services, check out the available volunteer opportunities at RASP.
Another wing of RASP’s service mission is its focus on transportation. The program’s bus helps seniors move around town and provides door-to-door transportation. So if you need help getting somewhere, schedule a ride. RASP will take you where you need to go, whether that’s the bank, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, a social engagement, or to a family member’s house. Volunteer drivers also help with shorter trips. Simply pay a small fee for the service, and you can get around town safely and easily.
To provide seniors with a casual and welcoming restaurant where they can enjoy time with family and friends, the Roseville Area Senior Program opened the Flaming Spoon. Located inside the Fairview Community Center, the diner serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Customers of all ages are welcome, and pork loin, whipped potatoes, baked beans, grilled chicken, sandwiches, salads, homemade meatloaf, and lasagna are just some of the regular lunch options that rotate throughout the month.
The Maplewood and Roseville communities are full of indoor and outdoor activities for seniors, including area hikes, new restaurants, and quick day trips that let you enjoy the area’s wealth of natural beauty and adventure. If you are looking for a peaceful place to retire in Minnesota, check out The Shores of Lake Phalen. Our senior living community sits in a beautiful wooded setting, and our apartment-style housing has the atmosphere and elegance of a resort. Plus, our friendly staff members help residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle, without the common worries of running a household. So relax and enjoy the health and safety amenities, fun events, and company of other seniors. Schedule a tour or learn more by calling 651-777-7784.