• Synchronicity & Harmony
    Care Partners has been family for me for about 6 months now. From the start I’ve sensed a wonderful synchronicity in finding this position just as I had made the commitment to move to Grand Marais. I am now coming to appreciate the harmony of this place and the ways in which our comings and
  • Cook County Extension offers Free Workshops
    Cook County Extension will offer a series of free workshops at Cook County Higher Education and the Grand Portage Community Center on August 31st and September 1st. Sessions offered at Cook County Higher Education require pre-registration and may be attended in person or online via Zoom. No registration is needed for the Grand Portage workshops
  • Care Partners Seeks Part-Time Caregiver Support Coordinator
    If you are looking for meaningful work that makes a difference in our community, consider joining our team at Care Partners of Cook County. Care Partners provides support and companionship on the journey of aging and serious illness. We envision a community that is fully supported to navigate through our shared journeys of aging, chronic
  • Fall 2022 Community Chore Days set!
    EVERYONE is welcome! You are invited to lend a hand for Care Partners Fall 2022 Chore Days – a special effort to help our older Cook County friends and neighbors with outdoor clean-up and winter prep projects. Volunteers may be asked to help with tasks like raking, exterior painting, garden cleanup, or firewood stacking. Workers
  • New Single Access Point for Aging Resources in Cook County
    The Cook County Aging Coalition is pleased to introduce Aging Well Resources Cook County, a new “one-stop” guide to local programs, events, and support. Aging Well Resources includes a comprehensive easy-to-use website designed for residents of Cook County, as well as a Care Navigator for phone assistance. It’s never been easier for Cook County seniors
  • Care Partners Welcomes Julie Wilson
    Care Partners Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Julie Wilson as our new Executive Director. Julie brings enthusiasm for and experience in supporting older adults and their families. She has a Masters degree in Social Work with a focus in Health, Disability and Aging as well as…
  • Care Partners News – Spring 2022
    Journeying With Care Partners by outgoing Executive Director, Kay Grindland – I love that both Care Partners’ mission and vision— a community that is fully supported to navigate through our shared journeys of aging, chronic illness, and end-of-life—use the word journey. The road…
  • The Raffle Quilt is Here!
    The 2022 Care Partners raffle quilt is here and on display at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais! Raffle tickets are $5 each and are available from Drury Lane Books, Care Partners Board members or staff. You can also check with…
  • Companion Volunteer Training Spring 2022
    Companions befriend older adults through visits, telephone calls or outings. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose assignments and schedules that work for them! For the safety and well-being of our clients and those who provide services to them, all Care Partners volunteers are required to complete an application, pass a background check, and
  • Who Needs Perfect?
    We are so excited to share this news! HUGE thanks to Cook County potters!!!! Cook County potters will hold a Seconds Pottery Sale at The Hub to benefit Care Partners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Look for pottery from a number of local potters including Maggie Anderson, Adrea Beres, Kari Carter, Elaine
  • Living Well With Chronic Pain
    ElderCircle and Fairview Health have teamed up to offer a FREE virtual six-week course entitled “Living Well With Chronic Pain.” This class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who…
  • Help Wanted – Caregiver Consultant
    Care Partners of Cook County in Grand Marais Minnesota is seeking a part-time Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through caregiver coaching and dementia education. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. We will provide training in the process. They work closely with staff, volunteers and other providers
  • Care Partners Transition
    Care Partners of Cook County wishes to announce an important change coming to our organization.  Kay Grindland, Executive Director, will be retiring this coming Spring, after guiding and leading Care Partners from a community/volunteer effort to an essential, successful provider of aging services in Cook County over the last 12 years. Kay has shaped Care
  • Care Partners Featured on WDIO
    Care Partners is honored to be recognized by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation with a Touchstone Award for our Mindfulness Based Dementia Care (MBDC) introductory class and workshop presented in partnership with Michelle Barclay. Duluth television station WDIO recently aired a story for the Touchstone honor given to Care Partners! The Touchstone Award recognizes
  • Memory Café Returns to Cook County!
    We are so excited about the upcoming re-opening of the Cook County Memory Café! Our first café was held in February 2019, and we had such a wonderful time…and then COVID happened and we’ve had to wait these many months until we could begin again. But now we’re rarin’ to go and looking forward to
  • The scoop on Ice Cream Social 2021…
    Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2021 Ice Cream Social a SWEET success! Together we enjoyed sunshine, an invigorating(!) breeze, lovely live jazz, terrific conversation and – of course – delicious frozen custard. $3,000 was raised to help older adults on the journey of aging in Cook County. A big shout out
  • Care Partners News – Fall 2021
    Support & companionship on the journey of aging and serious illness. Thank you! Much appreciation goes out to our volunteers, staff, clients, partners, and community as Care Partners works to return to full services and programming. Thank you for your care in taking precautions, your leadership and flexibility, your patience, and endurance!  It wasn’t easy,
  • Care Partners Annual Ice Cream Social is Back!
    Sunday, August 29th2:00pm – 4:00pmSydney’s Frozen Custard14 S Broadway Ave, Grand Marais No frills, just those wonderful sundaes and a chance to re-connect with our clients, volunteers, and community. We especially want to celebrate the wonderful work our volunteers and staff have done to continue to assist our aging friends and neighbors throughout the pandemic.
  • Memory Café Returns to Cook County!
    Care Partners is excited to announce the return of the Cook County Memory Café with an informational open house on Thursday, September 16 from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Hub/Senior Center in Grand Marais. A Memory Café is a free, casual gathering where people with memory loss and the family or friends who care for
  • Pop-Up Fundraiser a Big Success!
    Thanks to Bruce Block and Sydney’s Frozen Custard for setting up a pop-up fundraiser for Care Partners on Sunday, July 25th! It was a win-win for all:  Sydney’s staff got a much needed break, customers were treated to free frozen custard and invited to donate to Care Partners, and Care Partners received $892 in donations
  • Death Café Returns
    Fireside Room United Congregational Church 300 W 2nd Street Grand Marais Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83205965917 A Death Café is an informal conversation about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people
  • Care Partners is Hiring!
    Care Partners is seeking a Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through coaching, dementia education, support group, and classes. Hours are flexible depending on availability and interest. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. Training in this process will be provided. They also work closely with staff, volunteers and other
  • Elder Abuse Awareness Community Training
    Elder Abuse Awareness Community Training Tuesday, June 22 – 11:30am to 1:00pm Join on Zoom or in-person at Cook County Higher Education This training is for all community members who would like to learn about preventing and responding to elder abuse. Learn from MN Elder Justice Center as well as local elder service providers: Care
  • Aging Impact Awards
    Do you know of a business or community organization in our area that has gone “the extra mile” to respond to the needs of older adults?  The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is again sponsoring the “Aging Impact Awards” to help recognize and strengthen the network of public and private businesses that provide quality service
  • Care Partners News – Spring 2021
    After what does seem like years, the ice is melting, the pandemic is slowly waning, and with the new vaccines here, the smiles are returning to our faces. To celebrate this new season, this new appreciation of connection and community, Care Partners is bringing together volunteers and seniors for a…
  • Coalition Forms to Support Aging Services in Cook County
    Care Partners received a grant from the Northland foundation in 2020 to help form the Cook County Aging Coalition. Over the last year, Northland staff have met with a group of about 20 community partners representing agencies, organizations, and health services in Cook County and the Grand Portage Reservation. This group has been exploring ways
  • Care Partners Assists with Nourishing Food Project
    Care Partner’s own Jennifer Trowbridge led an initiative exploring ways to bring nourishing foods – whole, sustainably sourced, and local -to Cook County residents who are struggling with serious illness or other health challenges. Jennifer engaged Christina Hartley Conroy, Diane Booth, Carol Bennett, Judi Barsness, and Pat Campanaro to help design and implement this community
  • Telephone Companions are Ready to Call!
    Care Partners is excited to connect community members with our older neighbors through the Telephone Companion Program. Older adults in Cook County speak by telephone or online with a trained volunteer at a time and frequency that makes sense for them. Calls can be arranged for a variety of reasons, including: Weekly telephone chats Occasional
  • Care Partners News Fall 2020
    Honored to Support Those on the Journey of Aging With all the cultural emphasis on youth and independence, some people shrink from terms like senior, elder, old, aging, end-of-life. Yet, these are rich and sacred times in a persons life. At Care Partners, staff and volunteers are honored to support those who have lived long,
  • Care Partners News Spring 2020
    Care Partners Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic During these extraordinary times, we at Care Partners cherish each one of you. We are aware of both unique needs and gifts you bring to our community.  For those who are elderly, or living with chronic illness, this is the time for Care Partners, neighbors, family, and friends
  • Care Partners is Still Here, But Different
    A message to Care Partners clients, partners and friends Care Partners is evolving to help protect our clients, volunteers and staff and respond to the need for seniors to stay safely at home. Care Partners’ office is no longer open to the public. Staff are working remotely, and will return your calls and emails during
  • Making Warm Connections over the Telephone
    Health precautions and social distancing are vital right now, but it can result in even greater social isolation for our older clients, friends and neighbors. The lack of ways to feel connection, validation, inspiration, and reassurance can be hard on their physical and mental health.  With most in-person contact limited, telephone calls can still be
  • Light Up a Life 2019
    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.
  • 4th Annual Ice Cream Social a Sweet Success
    Care Partners Ice Cream Social raises over $5,000! The great Grand Marais weather brought over a 150 community supporters, volunteers and visitors out for Care Partners of Cook County’s 4th Annual Ice Cream Social at Sydney’s Frozen Custard.  They enjoyed sundaes, a silent auction, and quilt raffle draw. Heidi Doo-Kirk of Grand Marais won the beautiful
  • Care Partners News Fall 2019
    The Little County that CouldCook County may not have all the resources that cities have, but with creative collaboration, volunteers and funding, we do a lot! This years’ Dementia Programs are a case in point.Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC)   A Program for Family Caregivers taught by Michelle BarclayThis unique learning opportunity with an expert in dementia care
  • Quilt Raffle 2019
    Heidi Doo-Kirk of Grand Marais won the beautiful quilt made by Carol Harris. Many thanks to Drury Lane Books for displaying the quilt. A total of $2,475 was raised in the raffle to support Care Partners programs and services. Thank you everyone who bought tickets!
  • Care Partners News Spring 2019
    Do you provide care for an older adult? Do you assist them with groceries, appointments, bills, meals, or  medications?  Thank you!  Whether a spouse, parent or friend, someone who lives with you or far away, caregiving can become a huge challenge.Care Partners, with support from the Opp Hvidston Foundation, would like to invite adult caregivers
  • Care Partners News Fall 2018
    Care Partners volunteers gathered in September to appreciate Dr. Stover as she retires from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Sandy has been instrumental in founding and advising Care Partners.  Jayne Johnson, Care Partners’ President and an early volunteer recalled those early days. “Back in 2007 I responded to an email from Sandy on boreal  asking for people
  • 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social, August 26, 2-5 pm
    The 3rd annual Care Partners Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, August 26th, from 2-5 pm at Sydney’s Custard in Grand Marais! The event will include sundaes for a $5 donation, a silent auction, chair massages from Lutzen Reflections and a quilt raffle draw.  All proceeds go to support Care Partners services to
  • Care Partners 2018 Quilt Raffle
    Carol Harris has once again made a colorful quilt for Care Partners of Cook County. The quilt raffle will raise funds for our work to support those on the journey of aging and serious illness. The 89″ by 89″ ‘raise the roof’ quilt is on display at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. $5 raffle
  • Care Partners News Spring 2018
    Companion volunteers will often say that they “give more than they receive.” Just getting to know someone and sharing simple moments can be rich. But with Kaye and Emma, it seems like the give and take goes a little deeper.Emma , when asked her age, says “39 backwards”. Three years ago she moved to Grand
  • Being Prepared
    Being Prepared While Care Partners is glad to assist clients at any stage of their journey with caregiving, aging or advanced illness, we often wish we could be there earlier. Upstream. Before the crisis. When there is time and energy to plan, think things through, and gather support. While it’s tempting to procrastinate, we urge
  • Senior Rides Volunteer Training
    Senior Rides Volunteer Training Provide rides to those 60 and over for medical, and wellness activities to Duluth or in Cook County.  Volunteers receive a 2-hour training and are reimbursed for mileage. Wednesday, March 28th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 a.m. – Noon To register, call 387-3788 or e-mail
  • Senior Chore Program
    Assistance for those 60 years old and over with short-term tasks that can be burdensome, stressful or unsafe.  Examples include:  Replacing Light Bults & Batteries, Yard Work, Minor Carpentry, Moving, Organizing/CleaningWe also provide Referral Services for on-going services such as lawn care, snow removal and housekeeping.To arrange help, call 387-3788. E-mail chore@boreal.org for more information.
  • Light Up a Life
    The 9th Annual “Light up a Life” offers community members the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one during the holiday season. Each donation lights one bulb in memory of one person on our memory tree, located downtown in front of the Johnson Heritage Post. Lights will be lit as donations come in. Donation
  • Care Partners News Fall 2017
    Care Partners has received funding through the Cook County Community Fund and a MN DHS Live Well at Home Grant to explore what it would mean for Cook County to become a Dementia Friendly Community. Activities will include professional trainings and public programs. Care Partners also wants to engage many parts of Cook County to
  • Ice Cream Social–August 27, 2-5 pm
    The 2nd annual Care Partners Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, August 28th, from 2-5 pm at Sydney’s Custard! The event will include sundaes for a $5 donation, a silent auction, chair massages from Lutzen Reflections Massage Studio and a quilt raffle draw.  All proceeds go to support Care Partners services to provide
  • Care Partners Quilt Raffle
    Don’t miss your chance to buy a raffle ticket for this beautiful quilt made by Carol Harris. The 80 x 80 quilt is on display at Drury Lane Books through August 26th. $5 raffle tickets can be purchased at Drury Lane Books, Buck’s Hardware and Java Moose. Tickets will also be on sale at Care Partners Ice
  • Hearing the Person with Dementia
    Patience, understanding and good listening skills make a big difference in communicating with a person with dementia. While the disease affects each person differently and progresses over time, here are some tips that can make it go better for both you and the individual. Maintain a calm presence. Try not to let your anxiety show.
  • Care Partners News March 2017
    Care Partners services were made possible by our many foundation supporters, donors, and business sponsors (listed below).  Our board members continued to invest their time in our nonprofit development with new policies, fundraising initiatives and program support.57 volunteers donated over 2800 hours to provide companionship, give rides and help with chores. Our staff have responded