MONTEVIDEO — The Parkinson's Support and Education group sponsored by CCM Health in Montevideo will meet virtually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 via Zoom. For more information and log in details, call Lori Petersen at 320-321- 8241.
WILLMAR — “Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose” will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at an outdoor location in Willmar. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Reservations are required and the group will limit numbers according to current regulations and will practice social distancing, wear masks, etc. RSVP by calling Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 2 p.m. Aug. 6.
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. The groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group’s title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc.
Mental health classes: Free online mental health classes. They include classes such as a suicide prevention class called QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer, a separate QPR class for Agricultural Communities, Mental Health and the Workplace, Understanding Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults, Hope for Recovery, Importance of Family Psychoeducation and Support, In Our Own Voice, Together We Can Make it OK and many more. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public.
Virtual walk: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., NAMIWalks Minnesota’s DIT (Do It Together) virtual walk will combine virtual “socially distanced” components with “real life” safe-distance celebrations. To find out how to participate, join one of the online meetings. Choose from 6 p.m. July 30, 9 a.m. July 31, noon Aug. 4, noon Aug. 5 or 2 p.m. Aug. 6. To register, see classes at namimn.org or contact Julia at email@example.com or 651-645-2948, ext. 104.
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.
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 donate 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:
Aug. 3, Olivia: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Aug. 4, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kandiyohi County Health and Human Service
Aug. 5, Renville: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center
Aug. 5, Litchfield: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Phillips Catholic Church
Aug. 6, Litchfield: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Phillips Catholic Church
Aug. 10, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
Aug. 10, Glenwood: 1 to 6 p.m., Restoration Church
Aug. 11, Clarkfield: 1 to 7 p.m., Clarkfield Lutheran Church
Aug. 12: Kandiyohi: Noon to 6 p.m., Civic Center