The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging provides advocacy, information, resources and support to help older adults maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To learn more about these and other presentations and training the agency has to offer, 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 ability levels. The Staying Active & Independent for Life program uses weight training and balance exercises to protect against osteoporosis-related fractures by increasing muscle strength, balance and bone density.
Senior LinkAge line: The Senior LinkAge Line, a free service of 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 questions about Medicare and health insurance, for help finding services, to get around the home to stay or to afford medication. Make sure you have a complete list of prescription medications and dosages.
Disabled Center MN: A free nationwide resource network to help troubleshoot, navigate the system, and plan for the future. The team understands 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 see email and live chat options at
coffee talk: This nationwide phone chat hotline for older adults is open weekdays from 8am to 12pm. Call Toll Free at 877-238-2282. Staffed by volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the older adult population, it is dedicated to alleviating 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 privacy of the caller is a priority and the only information requested is the first name. Line users can call as many times as they like.
Willmar meals on wheels: Hot meals on wheels are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A frozen meal is available for the following day or the weekend. Meals are available to those 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 sides (including dessert) and either milk or juice. Order by 1pm the business day prior to delivery by calling 320-235-5310 ext. 219 or 320-894-7401. The menu is available on the West Central Industries website,
under business solutions.
Willmar senior catering: Meals are served at 11:30am on weekdays and are also available for sidewalk pickup at the sidewalk. Meals are open to those over 60 years of age. Suggested donation of $5 per 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.
Lutheran Social Service: Frozen, mailed meals are available nationwide for older adults through the LSS Meals to Go service. Each delivery contains 14 frozen meals and the cost is approximately $9 per meal, including shipping costs. Costs are covered for Minnesotans using one of five waiver programs. Meals are also available for anyone in Minnesota who could benefit from healthy meals delivered right to their door. Order meals on the website
or call 800-488-4146.
Virtual presentation: A virtual presentation will be held on March 16 from 9-10am to help individuals learn more about the Senior LinkAge Line and how it supports older adults and their families in decision making. Register at
as space is limited.
New to Medicare: March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or April 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., online; for people who are new to Medicare and want to learn more about Parts A, B, C, and D of Medicare. Topics include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare, including what Medicare covers, supplemental plans, and Part D of prescription coverage. During the course, you will learn the details of Medicare enrollment, how to get the most of your benefits, and how to research your Medicare plan options using
Side? site. Log in
or call 1-800-333-2433 as space is limited.
The American Red Cross conducts blood donations in the west-central area. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. Duplicate RBCs 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 ID. The preferred form is a government-issued photo ID e.g. B. a driver’s license or a blood donor card from the Red Cross. Otherwise, you will need to present two more IDs, e.g. a work ID, social security card, personal check, or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.
Blood drives are planned for the Tribune area:
March 11, Spicer: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Cross Roads Community Church
March 14, Willmar: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
March 15, Willmar: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ridgewater College
March 23, Willmar: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars post
March 24, Renville: 1-7 p.m., Community Center
March 25, Redwood Falls: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Center
March 28, Willmar: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., American Legion
March 29, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar City Library
March 31, Madison: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lac qui Parle Valley High School
April 1, Hector: 1pm to 7pm, First Lutheran Church
April 1, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion