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Health calendar published June 5, 2017

Breast cancer support WILLMAR -- The breast cancer peer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the garden court room at Rice Memorial Hospital. Scooter Lippert, a licensed clinical social worker with the Rice Institute, will spe...

Breast cancer support

WILLMAR - The breast cancer peer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the garden court room at Rice Memorial Hospital. Scooter Lippert, a licensed clinical social worker with the Rice Institute, will speak on "Fear of Recurrence."

The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, contact Lisa at 231-4483.

Memory Cafe

WILLMAR - The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources.

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For more information, call 320-235-8573.

Bloodmobile

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 also may now donate; they must have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. Donors are encouraged to eat iron-rich foods in the week before donating. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

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.

While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Blood that's collected will be used by patients in 140 hospitals in the upper Midwest. Between 900 and 1,000 units of donated blood must be collected each day to meet regional needs.

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Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

Today, Bird Island: 1 to 7 p.m., Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Tuesday, Sacred Heart: 1 to 7 p.m., community center.

Tuesday, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church.

Wednesday, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church.

Thursday, Starbuck: 1 to 6 p.m., community center.

Friday, Danube: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., community center.

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June 12, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Assembly of God.

June 15, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., training and community center.

June 16, Montevideo: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., training and community center.

June 16, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion.

Cancer picnic

REDWOOD FALLS - Redwood Area Hospital will host its 24th annual cancer survivors picnic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Redwood Area Hospital education room. Basics will be provided; guests may bring a dish to share.

The event gives cancer survivors an opportunity to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize the family members, friends and health care providers who have supported them along the way.

Redwood County Relay for Life will be handing out survivor shirts for those walking the survivor lap at the upcoming relay in July.

For more information, call Cindy Moldan at 507-637-4512 or visit www.redwoodareahospital.org .

Dementia tour

REDWOOD FALLS - The Redwood Area Dementia Awareness Network will offer virtual dementia tours from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Johnson Park Place Assisted Living.

The virtual tours are a way for participants to experience the sensory handicaps of aging and dementia and gain insight into how to better support individuals with dementia.

Caregivers, professionals and anyone in the community interested in learning more about dementia are encouraged to attend. The experience is not recommended for those who already have memory loss.

To register, contact Karen Christensen at 507-627-1016 or ace.redwood@co.redwood.mn.us .

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.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to receive help with questions involving Medicare and the new health care law. Staff or volunteers are also available to give presentations on the upcoming changes.

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 (SHIP) 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 www.MinnesotaHelp.info .

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