UMRA Cares Group

The UMRA Cares committee members stand ready throughout the year to assist and support members who may be facing serious illness or experiencing the death of a loved one. Tthis committee was formed by members who know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know wants to talk with a member of UMRA Cares, please e-mail them at umracares@umn.edu or call and leave a message at the office phone: 612-626-4403.

Throughout the year, including summer, your UMRACARES committee hopes to provide you with support and resources through emails, programs and on our website on dealing with the death or serious illness of a loved one.  For assistance and support in the event of the death or serious illness of an UMRA member or family member, please e-mail us at umracares@umn.edu or call 612-626-4403, and leave a message for UMRA Cares.

Also, if you learn of someone who is facing a difficult life challenge, please contact the UMRA Cares Committee.

UMRA Care Guides continue to be available to members in 2016–17

 In the coming year, if you face a difficult decision about a health emergency, especially involving long-term care, UMRA Care Guides may be of assistance. Care Guides are UMRA member volunteers who have been trained and are supervised by the University Center on Aging. Care Guides will offer help in thinking through the issues, considering goals, and locating options and resources. All conversations are confidential.

To speak with an UMRA Care Guide, call the Center on Aging, 612-624-1185.

Grief Support Groups This list, courtesy of Allina Health, has been compiled to help those who may be interested in seeking assistance through grief support goups or individual therapy.

Please call any member of our committee with questions or comments you may have with regard to dealing with the loss or serious illness of a family member.   Or call us with ideas you would like to offer for the continuing operation of this UMRA program.   

Van Linck           651-490-1385
Earl Nolting        651-633-4333
Harriet Reiss      763-544-8016

UMRA Cares Group

Dr. Robert Kane first spoke to the UMRA luncheon audience in April 2015 and therafter presided over several workshops on aging and long-term care. When he died suddenly on March 6, Dr. Kane left his UMRA partners, as well as so many other colleagues, stunned. Here are words from a few of our Care Guides, UMRA members who had the privilege of working with and learning from him.

Publication date:
Apr 7 2017
The Good Caregiver: A One-of-a-Kind Compassionate Resource for Anyone Caring for an Aged Loved One

Thank you to UMRA members and Care Guides Ron Anderson and Helen Carlson for this review of  The Good Caregiver by Dr. Robert Kane, 2011, Pelican. 

Publication date:
Apr 7 2017

The Care Guides want to discuss a new initiative in which they could assist UMRA members with health concerns not restricted to long-term care. They plan to meet in October with Professor Bob Kane, director of the Center on Aging, to plan for this new Care Guide role.

UMRA Care Guides continue to be available for consultation on a health care emergency. To speak to a Care Guide, call the Center on Aging, 612-624-1185.

Publication date:
Oct 8 2016

Here is a list of some new interesting books published this year on health and aging. Check your local library or bookseller for these references.  After your read, please send us a one- or two-paragraph summary along with the author, title, and publisher to share with UMRA members.

Publication date:
Oct 8 2016

For the past year or so, the UMRA Cares committee has taken responsibility for the “Bookshelf” column which printed recommendations from UMRA members on interesting reading.  If you found a book that you want to recommend to others, please take a moment and share your discoveries with us.

Publication date:
Aug 29 2016

The recent survey of UMRA members found several comments about problems in transportation: members not involved with UMRA due to an inability to drive due to medical issues, age, metro traffic congestion, etc. Our intrepid community researchers quickly found 12 transportation options for senior non-drivers, and we would like to hear if you have had experience (positive or negative) with such services.

Publication date:
Aug 29 2016