• Care Partners is Hiring!
    The Care Partners of Cook County Team is looking for an additional Part Time Care Coordinator & Caregiver Consultant!  This is an 8 – 12 hour per week position and has very flexible hours. If you are a compassionate individual who loves working with older adults and their family caregivers – this is a great
  • Care Coordinator Betsy Retires
    It’s with mixed feelings that we announce that one of our amazing Care Coordinators, Betsy Blume, has retired from Care Partners. Betsy started here in September 2022 after retiring from nursing as an RN. It’s been wonderful getting to know and work with her, and we so appreciate the professionalism, gentleness, and compassion that she
  • Care Partners News – March 2024 | Issue 19
    We envision a community that is fully supported to navigate our shared journeys of aging and end-of-life. Age-Friendly Community Listening Sessions So Much to be Grateful For… Julie Wilson, Executive Director Gratitude… I am overflowing with it! Your support of Care Partners and our mission made a BIG impact in 2023. The enclosed celebration insert
  • Area Agency Releases Arrowhead Aging Statistics
    Through funding from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and St. Louis County Public Health, the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (AAAA) has just released 10 infographics which provide a snapshot of demographic and access data for older adults. These profiles represent the State of Minnesota, the Arrowhead Region collectively, and each of the Arrowhead’s
  • February 2024 Volunteer Meeting
    Thanks to the 23 volunteers and staff who were able to join us for the first volunteer meeting of 2024!! As always, it was great to connect with each other and share the joy of walking alongside our Cook County friends and neighbors on the journey of aging. You are making a difference! Each month
  • Welcome, Minda!
    We’re excited to welcome Minda Andrus as Care Partners Programs Coordinator as of the end of November! Minda graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in gerontology. Recently, she and her family have decided to embark on a new adventure living off grid in a yurt,
  • September 13 Volunteer Meeting
    Thanks to everyone who attended the Volunteer Meeting on September 13th! Here’s a recap: Lots of events and classes are in the works from Care Partners, including our monthly Lunch & Learn, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and more! We’ve added a section to the Care Partners website home page that highlights our upcoming events, so
  • Care Partners News August 2023 | Issue 18
    Envisioning a community that is fully supported to navigate our shared journeys of aging well and end of life. We All Scream… …for ice cream! It’s that time of year again—join us on  Sunday, August 27th from 2 – 4pm at Sydney’s new downtown location as we celebrate our shared journey of aging, our amazing
  • May 31 Volunteer Meeting
    Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our quarterly volunteer meeting on May 31 at The Hub! As always it was great to see everyone and to touch base about important happenings at Care Partners. Here’s a little meeting recap: Special Guests from the Alzheimer’s Association We were pleased to welcome Jenna Pogorels, Associate
  • Walk To End Alzheimer’s – September 23, 2023
    Alzheimer’s isn’t waiting — and neither are we! This year, there are two Cook County teams participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Grand Portage Team Saturday, September 9 Elderly Nutrition Program Grand Marais Team Saturday, September 23 – 2:30pm The Hub/Senior
  • Care Partners News – Spring/Summer 2023
    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…
  • Care Partners Volunteer Featured on Boreal.org
    Care Partners volunteer Nancy Giguere was recently featured as part of Boreal Community Media’s “Meet your Cook County Neighbor” series. Click here to read the article and learn more about Nancy!
  • New Masking Policy
    Sawtooth Mountain Clinic has recently made changes to their masking policy. Masking is now optional for patients and visitors to the clinic, unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 and are outside of the 5-day isolation period (but within the 10-day precautionary period outlined in CDC and MDH guidelines.) In
  • 2/7/23 Volunteer Meeting Recap
    Many thanks to everyone who attended our first quarterly volunteer meeting of 2023! Here’s a brief recap… Care Partner’s Care Coordinator Betsy Blume gave us an overview of our Care Coordination and Caregiver Support services. Our Care Coordinators meet with clients to help them understand their choices, create plans for getting needed support, and connect
  • New Lunch & Learn Series Begins!
    Care Partners of Cook County and Cook County Higher Education are pleased to announce a 2023 Lunch & Learn series designed to support aging well in our community. Presented the fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 1pm at Cook County Higher Ed, the sessions will feature speakers from area organizations including the Arrowhead
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist
    A guide and checklist for emergency preparation at home and in your community from Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging Eldercare Development Partnership Program Developer Coordinator and Transportation Specialist Gavin Bukovich What is an emergency preparedness checklist? After an emergency, you and your family may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared
  • Care Partners News Fall/Winter 2022
    Support & companionship on the journey of aging and serious illness Community Engagement By Executive Director Julie Wilson I love the rich sense of community found here in Cook County. It is something that many communities strive for—yet seems woven into the fabric of this place and its people—whether native or transplant—wherever you came from—it
  • Next Volunteer Meeting – November 29
    We’re excited to hold an IN PERSON volunteer meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at The Hub/Cook County Senior Center (10 Broadway Ave, Grand Marais) from 1:00-2:30pm. Special guest Chris Bautch, The Hub’s Program Director, will fill us in on the events that happen there and other wonderful services they provide. We’ll share announcements and latest
  • Meet Care Partners Newest Staff & Board Members!
    We are happy to have recently welcomed two new Care Partners staff and two new Board members! Here’s a little info about them… Betsy Blume, Care Coordinator/Caregiver Consultant I have been visiting the North Shore for several years and in 2019 I moved here…a long held dream.  I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and paddling and
    Care Partners of Cook County is hiring! Perhaps you are recently retired or want to take on a very part time position while serving your community? 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,
  • Memory Café Returns!
    Care Partners is excited to announce the return of the Cook County Memory Café with an informational open house on Thursday, November 17 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
  • Lunch & Learn – Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body: Tips From the Latest Research
    For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. You are invited to a FREE Lunch & Learn at Cook County Higher
  • 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
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event 2022
    What a lovely evening! We met at North House Folk School for a tour of the campus, then received expert pizza-making advice from North House instructor Cooper Ternes. We created our own individual pizza masterpieces which were baked in the school’s wood-fired oven, enjoyed learning some little-known facts about one another, and guessed the identify
  • 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 Volunteer Office Assistance
    Care Partners is seeking volunteer office assistance a couple of hours once or twice a week between the hours of 10am and 3pm.  An extra hand will be helpful as we adjust to personnel changes, possible staff needs for family-related time away, and an anticipated increase in service requests as fall approaches and area programs continue
  • 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
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2022
    Save the date – September 13, 4-6pm We’re excited to announce that Care Partner’s 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held at North House Folk School and feature custom-crafted wood-fired pizza! Participants will build their own pie (or we can build one for you) using your choice of toppings and a regular or gluten-free crust.
  • IN-PERSON Volunteer Meeting!!!!!
    We’re SO EXCITED to finally be able to hold a face-to-face Volunteer Meeting on Thursday, June 9 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Grand Marais Recreation Area Rec Hall! Come and meet our new Executive Director Julie Wilson, enjoy some light refreshments, get the latest Care Partners news and put your name in the hat for a