WILLMAR – Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose meets Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series designed to support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Jerrid Sebesta from Taatjes Financial Group and co-founder of Retired Repurposed will talk about how retirement is just a word and how you can transform your life after retirement. For more information and reservations, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.
MONTEVIDEO – A Parkinson’s support group will meet Monday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Montevideo in the conference room of the CCM Health Wellness Center. Anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or family members, friends or community members interested in learning more about Parkinson’s is invited to participate. For more information, call Gretchen Reeves at 320-321-8230.
WILLMAR — NAMI Western Minnesota Mental Health Support Groups for Families and Peer-to-Peer Support will meet Thursday, May 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Willmar Public Library. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with a 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 320-235-3084.
WILLMAR – Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, meets Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at New Directions/Knutson Counseling, 1809 19th Ave. SW in Willmar (across from Roosevelt School). If you need someone to talk to or meet up because of a suicidal loss, please contact Diane at 320-894-0182, Kay at 320-262-6162, or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000 or send Email them to [email protected] or [email protected]
WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota chapter of the Compassionate Friends will meet Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum in Willmar. Compassionate Friends is a support group that offers friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child of any age. Call Lois at 320-444-4334 if you have any questions about the meeting. Please leave a message. For more information, see
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
Long Term Care: May 4, 3:30 p.m. Virtual presentation on planning and paying for your long-term care by Senior LinkAge Line staff. Log in
or call 1-800-333-2433, spaces are limited.
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 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays for help with questions about Medicare and health insurance, for help finding stay-at-home services, or for themselves to provide 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
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.
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:
May 4th, Dawson: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School
May 5, Benson: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church
May 5, Madison: 12-6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church
May 6, Benson: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church
May 6, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minnewaska Area High School
May 9, Olivia: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Max’s Grill
May 9, Willmar: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
May 10, Olivia: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Olivia Hospital & Clinic
May 11, Spicer: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., American Legion
May 17, Willmar: 1-7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church
May 19, Litchfield: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Meeker Memorial Hospital
May 23, Willmar: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., American Legion
May 24, Willmar: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services
May 31, Sacred Heart: 1-7 p.m., Community Center
May 31, Glenwood: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Lutheran Church