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Health Calendar published Oct. 7, 2020

Support groups, clinics and health classes are published weekly on Wednesdays. Email submissions to news@wctrib.com by 10 a.m. at least a week in advance.

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MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network, along with the Alzheimer's Association, will have a one-hour virtual fall event at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. "Dementia Conversations" will offer tips on having honest and caring conversations with our loved ones regarding several topics, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Advance registration is required for the free event. Register through the Alzheimer's Association by calling their 1-800-272-3900 Helpline or online at https://bit.ly/3jhKnkF . Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom log-in information.

Grief Care

WILLMAR — The Grief Care support group will meet at 5:15 p.m. every Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. For more information, call 320-235-2508.

Suicide survivors

WILLMAR — Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at New Directions/Knutson Counseling, 1809 19th Ave. S.W. in Willmar, with social distancing and masks are recommended. If you are in need of someone to speak to or meet with due to a suicide loss, please feel free to call Diane at 320-894-0182, Kay at 320-262-6162 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000 or email yourwingsofhope@gmail.com or Heartbeatwillmar@gmail.com .

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, in Willmar. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Curt Schlenner, an insurance agent, will speak on the changes in Medicare insurance plans in 2021. Time and location to be determined and will be in next week’s Health Calendar.

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Instead of volunteers, CCT bus drivers are delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On these three days, the meal is hot but a frozen meal for the following day or the weekend can also be included.


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, www.wcimn.org under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals will be available for curbside pickup at the Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Frozen meals are available.

The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal, one-time registration is required by calling 1-800-488-4146.

To reserve 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 www.willmarmn.gov under Community Center.


NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota have started online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at namimn.org .

Support groups: Free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences.

Mental health classes: Free online mental health classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public.

HELP — helping employees live in a pandemic: An online mental health program for employers to offer their employees to help them manage their stress, coping skills and resiliency during COVID-19. Class topics include mental health, staying connected, coping with kids, physical activity, nutrition and also the Question, Persuade and Refer course, which teaches the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. All classes are one hour in length. Employers can choose one or all of the classes to be offered through Zoom or another online platform. NAMI Minnesota appreciates, but does not require, an honorarium for delivering the classes. For information or to schedule a class, contact NAMI Minnesota at namihelps@namimn.org .


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 and double red cells can be donated every 112 days. Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org. All donors need acceptable identification. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

Oct. 8, Atwater: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

Oct. 8, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School

Oct. 12, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church


Oct. 12, Willmar: 1 to 6 p.m., United Methodist Church

Oct. 12, Willmar: 1 to 6 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church

Oct. 13, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Oct. 13, Boyd: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

Oct. 14, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School

Oct. 15, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., Christian Church

Oct. 16, New London: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open Door Christian Church

Oct. 19, Redwood Falls: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

Oct. 20, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA

Oct. 20, Redwood Falls: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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