Support and Companionship on the Journey of Aging and Serious Illness

Care Partners of Cook County provides vital support and services to help clients and their families  address the transitions of aging, serious illness and end of life with safety, dignity, and confidence.

Care Partners works in collaboration with the North Shore Health Care Foundation, North Shore Health, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and other community service organizations.

News & Updates

Light Up a Life

LUL (2)Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 11th Annual “Light up a Life” a special evening! The ceremony was attended by around 50 people, many of whom lit a candle for a loved one they were remembering. Special thanks to everyone who made a donation in memory of a loved one, to Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft for leading the ceremony, Yvonne Mills for sharing her musical talent, Java Moose for donating coffee, Thrivent for funding support, and the Care Partners Board for decorating, cleaning up and providing refreshments. Over $1300 was raised for end of life care in Cook County.  Click here to see this year’s Light Up a Life Memory Book.   For a wonderful article about this year’s event from the Cook County Herald, click here.

Upcoming Events

A Mindful Approach to Dementia Care:

Bringing Awareness, Connection and Compassion into Each Moment

RocksA New 1-day Workshop Offering with Michelle Barclay

Sponsored by Care Partners

Saturday, March 7, from 9 am to 3 pm at Cook County Higher Education

This workshop is open to all caregivers, family members and friends of persons with dementia. Based on Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care, the workshop will include mindfulness practices, lectures, dementia care practices, and group sharing to help you be present and connect skillfully with persons with dementia.

MBarclayMichelle Barclay has 25 years’ experience leading programs on aging and dementia that help older people thrive. The course is made possible through collaboration with Cook County Higher Education and funding from the Cook County Community Fund and Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.

Cost for the program is $50 with $25 scholarships available on request.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages, snacks and class materials will be provided.  To learn more about the class, contact Kay Grindland at Care Partners at 387-3788.  Please pre-register by February 28th  by calling Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411…or online registration available soon at


Cook County Memory Cafe Sponsored by Care Partners Opens in February! 

talking-over-coffeeThe challenge of living with memory loss can make social connections more difficult just when they may be most helpful. A Memory Café is a free, casual gathering where people with memory loss and the family or friends who care for them can come together in a safe, supportive, relaxed environment. Guests share conversations over a cup of coffee and games, crafts, music or other simple activities. Memory Cafés are not a form of respite care. Instead, they offer a place where both caregiver and care recipient can enjoy one another’s company and interact with others who share similar experiences. Click here for more info about Memory Cafes.

Care Partners is excited to offer a Memory Café on the second Thursday of the month, beginning Thursday, February 13th from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Hub/Senior Center in Grand Marais. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. Click here to pre-register online. 

Interested in volunteering at a Memory Cafe? Click here to tell us who you are and how you might like to help.  Thanks!

Care Partners Program & Volunteer Coordinator Christie John will be at the Hub/Grand Marais Senior Center for Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday, January 15th from 11 am – noon to discuss and answer questions about the Memory Cafe…all are welcome! 


Ongoing Events

Caregivers Coffee

coffeeThe Caregiver Coffee group meets to share resources and discuss topics related to caregiving at Birch Grove in Tofte on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 10 am. All are welcome!


Dementia Friendly Cook CountyDFMn-Logo-Tagline

Those with dementia and their caregivers are a vital part of our community. Care Partners of Cook County is active in promoting ways to help them feel welcome, comfortable and successful when encountering Cook County services, agencies, and businesses. Opportunities include classes in becoming a Dementia Friend, study programs for churches and schools, and trainings for retail businesses and agency staff.


Care Partners’ staff and volunteers respect your privacy and will not share any information about you without your consent.