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 2018-19

Ron Matross <rmatross@gmail.com> (Chair)

Ron Anderson <rea@umn.edu>

Margaret Catambay <m-cata@umn.edu>

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

Patricia Kelly Hall <pkelly@umn.edu>

Larry Johnson <larryalanjohnson@gmail.com>

Earl Nolting <enolting@umn.edu>

Kathleen O’Brien <kobrien@umn.edu>

Gwen Perun <gperun@d.umn.edu>

Paul Rosenblatt <prosenbl@umn.edu>

Patricia Tollefson <p-toll@umn.edu>

Gerald Rinehart <g-rine@umn.edu>

Hellen Carlson <hcarlson@d.umn.edu> (limited membership)

Amy Sheldon <amylsheldon@gmail.com> (limited membership)

Barbara VanDrasek <vandr002@umn.edu> (limited membership).

 

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!