Well being Calendar revealed Could 18, 2022 – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 pm Thursday, June 2, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Catholic United Financial representatives Donna Nelson and Greg Gall will talk about estate planning, proper use of wills, reducing probate, what is a trust, taxes and fees to avoid and protect and pass assets along. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 pm Wednesday, June 1.

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



SAIL: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 to 11:15 am, Willmar Community Center, free, all skill levels. The Staying Active & Independent for Life program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density.

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 am and 4:30 pm weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health, help finding services to stay insurance 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 1-866-333-2466 from 8:30 am to 5 pm 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 am to noon weekdays. Call toll-free at 877-238-2282 . 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.

Willmar 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, 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 pm 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 are served at 11:30 am 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 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, 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 waver 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


or call 800-488-4146 .

WillMAR — NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of 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 in by going to


and clicking on “Classes” under Education and Public Awareness.

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:

May 19, Litchfield: 10 am to 4 pm, Meeker Memorial Hospital

May 23, Willmar: Noon to 6 pm, American Legion

May 24, Willmar: 10 am to 4 pm Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services

May 26, Olivia: Noon to 6 pm, Renville County Government Services Center

May 31, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 pm, Glenwood Lutheran Church

May 31, Sacred Heart: 1 to 7 pm, Community Center

June 1, Clarkfield: Noon to 6 pm, Clarkfield Lutheran Church

June 3, Danube: 9 am to 3 pm, Community Center

June 6, Bird Island: 1 to 7 pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

June 7, Renville: 11 am to 4 pm, Community Center

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