Health Calendar published Oct. 22, 2019

Support groups, clinics and health classes are published weekly on Tuesdays. Email submissions to by 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Memory Cafe

WILLMAR — The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Brothers Cafe and Bistro in Bethesda Grand. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. For more information, call 320-235-8573.

Kandiyohi County TRIAD

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County TRIAD — law enforcement, community and seniors working together for senior safety — will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Kandiyohi Rescue Squad building. Open to all community members interested in learning more about senior safety.

YMCA Healthy Aging

WILLMAR — The YMCA Healthy Aging program has several events planned at the Kandiyohi Area YMCA in Willmar. All are open to the public. For questions, call Beth Johnston 320-222-9622.

Bus trip: Oct. 22 trip to Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad building for coffee, treats and expertise geared to seniors and presented by law enforcement. Registration of $1, for persons 55 and over. Bus leaves YMCA at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 11 a.m.

Happy Together Club: Oct. 29, 10 a.m., for persons 55 and over. Registered dietitian Anna Gessell, a specialist in diabetes and bariatrics/weight control, will present “Trick or Treat, prediabetes” about the diagnosis of prediabetes being a chance to prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes. Free to persons 55 and older.


Memory Loss

MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network presents free showings of the movies “I’ll Be Me” and “Still Alice” at 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Millennium Theater in Montevideo. Both movies are being brought back by popular demand. “I’ll Be Me” is a 2014 documentary film that followed the country music singer Glen Campbell on his farewell tour and centered on his personal story with Alzheimer's disease. “Still Alice” is about an English professor who starts to forget words and receives a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring. Attendees can choose the movie of their choice — or view one movie at 2 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. For more information about the movies or the network, call Lori Petersen, memory care coordinator at CCM Health in Montevideo, 320-321-8268.


WILLMAR — The You Are Not Alone cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Willmar Fire Station training room in Willmar. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age. For more information, call Rachel at 320-231-4570.


WILLMAR — The Carris Health Diabetes program will have a small-group, prediabetes lifestyle change program on Fridays beginning Nov. 1 at the Skylark Center clinic in WIllmar. The program teaches you how to lose weight and prevent diabetes. It is free for those eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. For more information or to register, call 320-231-6348.

Immunization clinic

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., in Willmar. No appointment is needed. All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment — your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.


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. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. 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 unless otherwise noted. 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:

Oct. 22, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA

Oct. 29, Hector: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., BLHS High School


Nov. 1, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living Hope Church

Nov. 4, Murdock: Noon to 5 p.m., City Hall

Nov. 4, Paynesville: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Paynesville Lutheran Church

Nov. 4, Dawson: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School

Nov. 5, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., American Legion

Nov. 6, Kerkhoven: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., KMS High School

Nov. 6, Appleton: 1 to 7 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church

Nov. 7, Benson: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benson Armory


Nov. 7, Morton: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dacotah Exposition Center

Nov. 8, Benson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Benson Armory

Nov. 11, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God

Nov. 11, Willmar: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church

Nov. 12, Prinsburg: 1 to 7 p.m., Unity CRC

Nov. 12, Sunburg: 2 to 8 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church

Planned Parenthood

WILLMAR — The clinic hours at Planned Parenthood, 2320 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar for family planning and reproductive health services for women and men may vary. Call 320-235-9150 for hours and appointments. Most insurance plans accepted. Interpreter services are available.

Insurance counseling

WILLMAR — Trained staff and volunteers with Senior LinkAge Line are available to help answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drugs, forms and more. Counseling is free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Upcoming dates are 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 12, consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in your home or help if you can’t afford your medication. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages when you call.

The Senior LinkAge Line is 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. Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues. Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at .

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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