Aug. 3—WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Mark and Rosemary Glesener of the Bird Island Cultural Centre will speak about the history, events and opportunities they offer. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at
by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.
WILLMAR — NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Willmar Public Library. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness. The group helps families develop better coping skills and strength through sharing. It is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, call
NAMI Mental health classes: Free online mental health classes. They include classes such as Hope for Recovery, Family to Family, In Our Own Voice, Creating Caring Communities, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, a suicide prevention class called QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities, and more. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join by going to
and clicking on "Classes" under Education and Public Awareness.
WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum in Willmar. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. Call Lois at
if you have questions about the meeting. Please leave a message. More information is available at
The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging provides advocacy, information, resources and assistance so that older adults can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To learn more about this and other presentations and trainings the agency has to offer, visit
Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at
Wellness with Windy: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Willmar Community Center, free, all fitness levels. The co-ed classes will include strength, cardio and stretching for ages 55 and up.
Senior LinkAge Line: A free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Senior LinkAge Line is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in one's home or help to afford medication. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages.
Disability Hub MN: A free statewide resource network that helps solve problems, navigate the system and plan for the future. The team knows the ins and outs of community resources and government programs, and has years of experience helping people fit them together. Call
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or find email and live chat options at
Coffee Talk: This statewide phone chat line for older adults is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call toll-free at
. It is 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.
LSS 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, two special diet meals are available. The cost is $8.75 and includes milk. Those 60 and over may contact LSS to see if they qualify for a reduced price. Order by noon the weekday before the delivery day by calling
. The menu is available on the website
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
by noon the day before and leave a message. The menu is available on the city of Willmar website
under Community Center.
Lutheran Social Service: Frozen, shipped meals are available for older adults statewide through the LSS Meals to Go service. Each shipment includes 14 frozen meals and the cost is about $9 per meal, which includes the shipping cost. The cost is covered for Minnesotans who use one of five waiver programs. Meals are also available to anyone in Minnesota who could benefit from healthy meals shipped directly to their homes. Order meals on the website
New to Medicare: Aug. 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., online; for people who will be new to Medicare and would like to learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare, including what it covers, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During the class you will learn the Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options using the Medicare.gov site. Sign up at
. For more information call 1-800-333-2433, space is limited.
The 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
. 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 are:
Aug. 3, Renville: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center
Aug. 3, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School
Aug. 5, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kandiyohi County Historical Society
Aug. 8, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
Aug. 9, Clarkfield: 1 to 7 p.m., Clarkfield Lutheran Church
Aug. 9, Morris: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morris High School
Aug. 10, Kandiyohi: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center
Aug. 10, Hector: 1 to 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church
Aug. 10, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church
Aug. 18, Litchfield: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Christian Church of Litchfield
Aug. 24, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center
Aug. 29, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church
Aug. 29, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elks Lodge
Aug. 30, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA