Senior Resource Center establishes Cambridge branch

Luke Reiter

East Central Senior Resource CenterThe East Central Senior Resource Center launched its Isanti County office in Cambridge City Hall last November. The organization is based in Mora and services Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs and Pine counties.

“Basically what we’re doing is connecting older adults and their families to services,” explained Jayne Mund, an outreach specialist at the Cambridge site.

Mund, along with her colleague, Linda Berg, tries to help seniors navigate the new challenges and lifestyle changes that arise.

“Most of the questions are Medicare and insurance questions,” said Berg.

Berg said managing prescriptions and their costs was another topic callers frequently ask about.

Both Mund and Berg emphasized they not only help seniors, but also the greater network of people connected to seniors who are looking for ways to help them.

“We’re really a place, a resource, for anyone,” Mund said.

Mund explained the Senior Resource Center can help companies and other organizations dealing with older employers and volunteers.

And perhaps most importantly, the Center helps family members who find themselves thrust unexpectedly into the role of caretaker for a senior relative.

“It can be overwhelming,” said Berg.

To help people adjust to the role, Berg and Mund will offer a new class called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” The six-week class, which will meet on Tuesdays beginning April 5 at the GracePointe Crossing Gables East location, teaches people how to manage time, reduce stress and improve communication as they take care of the seniors in their lives.

Berg and Mund, both licensed gerontologists, will offer another class on preventing falls called “A Matter of Balance,” which begins on Friday, April 1 at Bridge Park Apartments in Cambridge.

The classes, like all of the Resource Center services, are offered free of charge. The center is funded through the Older Americans Act and free-will donations.

“It’s a different way to connect with people in the community,” Mund explained about the classes. “Kind of a new area for us.”

For more information on the East Central Senior Resource Center and its classes, call Linda Berg at 763-552-3254 or call Jayne Mund at 763-552-3255.

You can also find out more about services such as transportation, home-delivered meals, snow removal, lawn care and more by calling the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433.