WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Lakeland Health Center in Willmar. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. More information is available at www.compassionatefriendswcmn.org.
WILLMAR — There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota in this one day class. The next class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Willmar Community Center. No fee. Call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
WILLMAR — “Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. The topic will be funeral planning, role of the funeral home, and personal choices. For more information, call Carrie at 320-231-2598.
WILLMAR — The Questions about Memory Loss program on “Dementia Friends” will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Willmar Public Library. The program is part of a series to increase knowledge and understanding among family and friends of the stages of dementia. Learn the facts about dementia, how it affects day-to-day lives, and the small ways you can make a positive difference for people living with dementia in your community. The program is hosted by the West Central Dementia Awareness Network. It is free and open to the public.
NAMI Western Minnesota
WILLMAR — The NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar. Use the east door, downstairs to the Lakeland Auditorium. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with 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 320-444-1707 or 320-235-3084.
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.
Happy Together Club: Oct. 15, 10 a.m., for persons 55 and over. Discussion on “What’s the Best Advice You Ever Received? And the Worst?” Free to persons 55 and older.
Bus trip: Oct. 22 to Kandiyohi Rescue Squad building for coffee, treats and expertise geared to seniors and presented by law enforcement. Registration fee of $1. For persons 55 and over. Bus leaves YMCA at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 11 a.m.
Dementia network event
WILLMAR — The West Central Dementia Awareness Network presents a seminar from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Willmar Community Center. Dr. David Newcomer will speak on “The Difficult Journey of Dementia,” followed by dinner and networking. There will be talks on Project Life Saver and Kandiyohi County Triad finishing Granny L. on “Seeing the Humor Through the Disease.” Freewill donation for the event and supper. Register in advance by calling 320-235-1901. Please indicate if you will need complimentary respite care for your loved one at Day Break while attending the event.
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 — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., 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 www.redcrossblood.org 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. 15, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Oct. 15, Boyd: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church
Oct. 16, Belgrade: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BBE High School
Oct. 22, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA
Oct. 29, Hector: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., BLHS High School
Community Health Service
WILLMAR — Community Health Service Inc. provides affordable health care for seasonal workers, farmers, hired help and families who have been employed in agriculture in the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmers also qualify. Health care services are available at Community Health Service, 1804 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar. Sliding fee scales are income-based. Late clinic hours are offered with a health care provider. Interpreter services also are available. For more information about hours and appointments, call 320-214-7286.
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.