Health Calendar published March 10, 2021

Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Mar. 10—Alzheimer's Educational Conference

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America free virtual conference from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16 will allow participants to learn from, and ask questions of, health, caregiving and legal experts. There will be three sessions "How Mindfulness Can Help Family Caregivers," "Planning in Crisis," "It's Not That Simple — Helping Families Navigate the Alzheimer's Journey." For more information or to register, go to

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. The topic will be "COVID Connections: Bring your special experiences. We will celebrate February love a month late as we share positive stories and relationships coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Social distancing, wearing masks, etc. required. For more information and to make a reservation, call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. March 17.

Conversation Line

WILLMAR — 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.

Senior chat line

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.

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: CCT bus drivers are delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On these three days the meal is hot but a frozen meal can be included 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, under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals will be available for curbside pickup at the Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Frozen meals are available. 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 under Community Center.


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 that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

March 15, Hector: 1 to 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church

March 16, Willmar: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ridgewater College

March 19, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living Hope Church

March 25, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

March 25, Renville: 1 to 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church

March 30, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Public Library

March 31, Cosmos: 1 to 7 p.m., City Center