Health Calendar published April 28, 2021

Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.

Apr. 28—Grief Care

WILLMAR — The Grief Care support group will meet at 5:15 p.m. every Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. For more information, call 320-235-2508.

Breast cancer

WILLMAR — The virtual breast cancer peer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month, May 3. The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is facilitated by one the care coordinators from the Carris Health Cancer Center. Knowing everybody has at least one thing in common to tie you together can make it easier to open up, share, cry, and laugh. The facilitator will make sure nobody is forced to share more than they are comfortable with. Free, register at CarrisHealth.com/classes-events.

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Betty Marthaler, Good Neighbor Club director, will present current information for "recycled teenagers" (those 50 and over) who are interested in group travel and entertainment. Social distancing, wearing masks, etc. required. For more information and to make a reservation, call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. May 5.

Memory Loss Network

MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network presents a three-part dementia virtual event. Each two-hour class by Krisie Barron will be offered three times each day, 7 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The remaining classes are "Experience Dementia from the Inside Out" on April 28 and "Shifting our Perspective Shifts our Support" on May 6. All sessions are free. Continuing education credits are available at a nominal cost. For more information, call Lori Petersen, CCM Health Memory Care Coordinator, at 320-226-2343. Register at www.embracingjourneys.com/upcomingevents.

Phone support lines

WILLMAR — Several phone chat lines have been established to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conversation Line: Carris Health has established a conversational phone line that will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The number is 866-777-0250. This pandemic is difficult in a multitude of ways and many people in our communities are unable to visit with friends and family. If you are feeling isolated and want to connect with somebody, volunteers are available to have a friendly chat.

Coffee Talk: A statewide phone chat line for older adults, is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call toll-free at 877-238-2282. It will be staffed by volunteers who understand the older adult population's needs and challenges and is dedicated to easing loneliness and social isolation among older adults. Volunteers can offer words of encouragement and understanding and provide information about support and resources available in the person's community. Calls are free. The caller's privacy is a priority, and the only information requested will be first name. Users of the line may call as often as they would like.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota has online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at namimn.org.

Hope for Recovery: May 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m., online. NAMI Minnesota is partnering with Woodland Centers to present a free, online class. It is for family and friends of an adult or teen living with a mental illness. It provides information on the following mental illnesses: bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. It will also cover information on treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system, and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend, including the LEAP strategy or Boundary Setting to improve communication. To register, please see "classes" at namimn.org or call 651-645-2948.

Support groups: Free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group's title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc.

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Hot Meals on Wheels are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A frozen meal is available for the following day or the weekend. The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital. Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310, ext. 219, or 320-894-7401. The menu is available on West Central Industries website, www.wcimn.org under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals are served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and are also available for curbside pickup at the Community Center. The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal. Call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message. The menu is available on the city of Willmar website www.willmarmn.gov under Community Center.

Bloodmobile

TThe American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver's license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

April 29, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church

April 29, Paynesville: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

May 3, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

May 3, Benson: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Swift County-Benson Health Services

May 4, Lake Lillian: 2 to 7 p.m., United Lutheran Church

May 5, Litchfield: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Civic Arena

May 5, Dawson: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

May 6, Benson: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church

May 7, Benson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church

May 7, Starbuck: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center

May 10, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church

May 11, Raymond: 1 to 7 p.m., Christian Reformed Church

May 12, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., American Legion

May 12, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center

May 14, Grove City: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACGC High School

May 17, Willmar: noon to 6 p.m., Conference Center