Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 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 for discussion will be “Expressing and Receiving Gratitude/Appreciation Can Influence Our Lives.” There will be time for sharing. For more information and to make a reservation, call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. June 16.

Senior services

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

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Preparing for your future: June 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m. This presentation will help older adults and caregivers prepare for their future. Staff from Senior LinkAge Line will speak on “Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care” and Laura Orr, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, will speak on “Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives and Wills.” Register online at

Senior meal distribution: June 22, 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota meal program is offering bundled, healthy meals for adults who are 60 years or older to help them maintain good nutrition. They have partnered with food shelves, community centers, churches and are funded by the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.

Meals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 10 meals are available for an older adult, and 20 meals for a married couple. The homestyle meals require only reheating. While they are available at no cost, a donation is recommended. Family members or neighbors are also welcome to pick up the meals on behalf of older adults. Another distribution will be July 27.

New to Medicare virtual class: June 25, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., online. If you are new to Medicare and would like to learn about Part A, B, C and Part D, this class will include a comprehensive introduction — what Medicare covers, Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options using the site. Sign up at, space is limited. More classes and events can be found at:

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 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in one's home or help to afford medication. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages.

Coffee Talk, a statewide phone chat line for older adults, is open from 8 a.m. 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 p.m. 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 a.m. 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.


WILLMAR — A virtual cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, June 28. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer — any stage, any age — and focuses on building connections and friendships. It is facilitated by Carris Health Cancer Center care coordinators, along with a cancer survivor and his support system. Knowing everybody has at least one thing in common to tie you together — cancer — can make it easier to open up, share, cry and laugh. Facilitators will make sure nobody is forced to share more than they are comfortable with. Free. Register at


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 that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

June 16, Atwater: 1 to 7 p.m. Community Center

June 17, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Training and Community Center

June 18, Montevideo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Training and Community Center

June 21, Milan: 1 to 7 p.m., Kviteseid Lutheran Church

June 22, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church

June 22, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Event Center

June 23, Clara City: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center

June 24, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Phillips Church

June 25, Litchfield: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christian Church of Litchfield

June 29, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church

June 30, Paynesville: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion