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Health Calendar published Sept. 28, 2022

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Parkinson’s

MONTEVIDEO — A Parkinson’s support group meets at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Montevideo, at the CCM Wellness Center conference room. Anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or family, friends, or community members who would like to learn more about Parkinson’s, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Gretchen Reeves at 320-321-8240 .

Memory Loss Network

MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network presents free showings of two films about memory loss at 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Millennium Theater in Montevideo. The 2014 film “Alive Inside, A Story of Music and Memory,” will be followed by “Birkey’s Brain,” a story by Pioneer PBS featuring the journey of Dr. Tom Birkey and his wife, Doris, with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Birkey’s Brain” was produced at Dr. Birkey’s suggestion after he attended an event sponsored by the local network. He is a longtime family physician who has served Montevideo for more than 50 years and was interested in removing the social stigma surrounding Alzheimers. It includes interviews with Gretchen Reeves, a speech pathologist supervisor at CCM Health in Montevideo, who speaks about the networks and services available to help families in need of memory care support. Dr. Birkey and Doris will be present to answer questions in the post-film discussions.

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Willmar Community Center. Willmar Sons of Norway board members will talk about Norwegian culture and ways to get involved. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

NAMI Western Minnesota

WILLMAR — NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Willmar Public Library. 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 320-235-3084 .

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NAMI mental health classes: Free online mental health classes. They include classes such as Hope for Recovery, Family to Family, In Our Own Voice, Creating Caring Communities, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, a suicide prevention class called QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities, and more. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Classes” under Education and Public Awareness.

Facing Suicide class: Oct. 11, 3 to 5:30 p.m., St. Cloud State University, free, limited class size; will include the Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) class taught by Emily Krekelberg, Extension Educator, Farm Safety & Health, University of Minnesota Extension; a screening of excerpts from TPT’s new documentary, FACING SUICIDE; and a Q & A with NAMI Minnesota suicide prevention staff. RSVP for this event at www.tpt.org/event/facing-suicide-suicide-prevention-education-stories-hope-agricultural-community .

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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 mnraaa.org/calendar .

Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at www.MinnesotaHelp.info .

New to Medicare: Oct. 11, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., online; for people who will be new to Medicare and would like to learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare, what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During the class you will learn the Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options using the Medicare.gov site. Sign up at bit.ly/3ub8byS . For more information call 1-800-333-2433, space is limited.

SAIL: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Willmar Community Center, free, all skill levels. The Staying Active & Independent for Life program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density.

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.

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Disability Hub MN: A free statewide resource network that helps solve problems, navigate the system and plan for the future. The team knows the ins and outs of community resources and government programs, and has years of experience helping people fit them together. Call 1-866-333-2466 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or find email and live chat options at www.disabilityhubmn.org .

Coffee Talk: This 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.

LSS 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, two special diet meals are available. The cost is $8.75 and includes milk. Those 60 and over may contact LSS to see if they qualify for a reduced price. Order by noon the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-737-0985 . The menu is available on the website lssmn.org/meals .

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 www.willmarmn.gov under Community Center.

Lutheran Social Service: Frozen, shipped meals are available for older adults statewide through the LSS Meals to Go service. Each shipment includes 14 frozen meals and the cost is about $9 per meal, which includes the shipping cost. The cost is covered for Minnesotans who use one of five waiver programs. Meals are also available to anyone in Minnesota who could benefit from healthy meals shipped directly to their homes. Order meals on the website lssmn.org/mealstogo or call 800-488-4146 .

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. 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 . 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:

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Sept. 28, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Events Center

Sept. 28, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minnewaska Area High School

Oct. 3, Willmar: 1 to 6 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church

Oct. 3, Olivia: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church

Oct. 7, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., United Methodist Church

Oct. 10, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church

Oct. 11, Glenwood: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Oct. 11, Morris: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. University of Minnesota

Oct. 12, Belgrade: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School

Oct. 12, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd Community Center

Oct. 13, Madison: Noon to 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church

Oct. 13, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church

Oct. 14, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School

Oct. 14, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion

Oct. 17-18, Redwood Falls: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

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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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