Health calendar published October 13, 2021

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging provides advocacy, information, resources, and support so that older adults can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To learn more about this and other presentations and training from the agency, visit Live chat with a specialist can also be accessed online at

SAIL: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Willmar Community Center, free of charge, all skill levels. The Staying Active & Independent for Life program is based on strength training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscle strength, balance and bone density.

What’s new with Medicare: October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., online. It can be difficult to keep up with the latest changes in the Medicare program. Medicare beneficiaries and their families will learn about Medicare changes for the coming year and how they will affect their benefits. An overview of the Medicare program, benefits and plan options for the new year is provided. This presentation is offered every autumn. Sign up at as space is limited.

Senior LinkAge Line: The Senior LinkAge Line, a free service from the Minnesota Board on Aging, 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 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for help with Medicare and health insurance questions, help finding home-stay services or assistance Obtain funding for medicines. Make sure you have a full list of prescription drugs and dosages.

D.isability Hub MN: A free nationwide 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 bring them together. Call 1-866-333-2466 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or check for email and live chat options.

Coffee talk, a nationwide telephone chat line for older adults, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call Toll Free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the older adult population and are committed to alleviating the loneliness and social isolation of 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. Caller privacy is a priority and the only information requested is first name. Line users can call as many times as they want.

Willmar food on wheels: Hot meals on wheels are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A frozen meal is available for the next day or the weekend. Meals are available to people who are unable to cook for themselves due to age, disability, illness or recent hospital discharge. In addition to the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $ 6.81 and includes all side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

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

Willmar senior restaurant: Meals are served at 11:30 am on weekdays and can also be picked up from the community center. Meals are open to people aged 60 and over. Recommended donation of $ 5 per meal, call 320-262-5288 the day before noon and leave a message. The menu is available on the City of Willmar website under Community Center.

WILLMAR – A virtual cancer support group meets on the fourth Monday of the month, October 25th, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Open to anyone diagnosed with cancer – at any stage and at any age – it is focused on building connections and friendships. It is supported by care coordinators from the Carris Health Cancer Center along with a cancer survivor and their support system. Knowing that everyone has at least one thing in common – cancer – can make it easier to open up, share, cry and laugh. The moderators will make sure no one is forced to share more than they want to. For free. Register at

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota offer a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults with mental illness, their families, friends, spouses / partners, and parents of children and adolescents. Led by trained peer moderators, the self-help groups help individuals and families learn coping strategies and find strength by sharing their experiences. For a full list of group meetings and how to attend them, visit and click on “Support Groups” or go directly to

Suicide Prevention Course for Agricultural Communities: 19.10. or 16.12., 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m., free of charge, online; QPR (question, persuade, refer) for agricultural communities. The program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to prevent suicide. It is aimed at members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. To register, see “Classes” on For more information, call 651-645-2948.

The American Red Cross conducts blood donation drives in the central west area. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. Duplicate red blood cells can be donated every 112 days. Although all blood types are required, Type O and Type B negative donors are particularly encouraged to donate.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at All donors require acceptable identification. The preferred form is government-issued photo identification, such as B. a driver’s license or a blood donation card from the Red Cross. Otherwise, you will need to provide two other types of identification, e.g. B. a work card, social security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as an electricity bill is not accepted.

Planned blood donation drives for the Tribune area are:

October 13, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School

October 14, Madison: Noon to 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church

October 14th, Litchfield: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church

October 15, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion

October 15, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Methodist Church

18.-19. October, Redwood Falls: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., community center

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