About UMRA Cares Committee

The Cares Committee provides resources to help members take care of themselves and each other.  Our activities include:

Personal Support.  We are here to assist and support members who are facing serious illness, experiencing the death of a loved one, or dealing with any sort of life crisis.  We know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please feel free to reach out to one of the Committee members or leave a message at the UMRA office phone, 612-626-4403.  We will do our best to provide support and connect you with others who can help.

One of those connections is with Wilder Healthy Aging and Caregiving Services, which offers caregiving services, wellness classes, adult day health programs, assisted living services, and meals on wheels.  You can take advantage of Wilder services by calling their hotline at 651-280-CARE (2273)

Remembrances. We collect University obituary reports and send sympathy notes to family members.  We prepare monthly remembrance reports for the UMRA newsletter.

Living Well Workshops. We serve on the Workshop Subcommittee to arrange the Living Well Workshops which immediately follow or precede the UMRA monthly meetings.  These workshops are “how-to” sessions addressing issues of aging and ways to make retired life pleasant and rewarding.

Resource Reviews We scan the Web, academic literature, and news articles for books, articles, websites, services and apps that we think would be helpful to members.  We highlight these on the Resources page and in the UMRA newsletters.

Cares Committee Members 2019 - 2020

Please feel free to reach out to one of the Committee members or leave a message at the UMRA office phone, 612-626-4403.

Ron Matross (chair) rmatross@gmail.com
Ron Anderson <rea@umn.edu>
Earl Nolting <enolting@umn.edu>
Helen Carlson <hcarlson@d.umn.edu>
Kathleen O'Brien <kobrien@umn.edu>
Marjorie Savage <mbsavage@umn.edu>
Margaret Catambay <m-cata@umn.edu>
Pat Tollefson <p-toll@umn.edu>
Gwen Perun<gperun@d.umn.edu>
Nancy Helmlich<nanandy4433@q.com>

Share and Join.  We welcome your tips for resources to share and your suggestions for new initiatives and workshop topics.  And we welcome new members who want to help out!

UMRA Cares

Even before the coronavirus changed everything, two veteran world travelers decided they may never travel for a winter vacation again. 

    Publication Date: Apr 26 2020

Seven phases of aging provide a framework for describing what Helen Carlson has come to think of as her “gifts of aging.”

    Publication Date: Mar 26 2020