Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 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. Nancy Drange, geriatric nurse practitioner, will speak on, “Don’t close the coffin, I’m not dead yet: seniors’ care post COVID-19 vaccine.” Reservations are required and the group will limit numbers according to current regulations and practice social distancing, wearing masks, etc. RSVP by calling Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 between 8 a.m. to 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 affording medication. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages when you call.

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 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

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A new finder tool at is a searchable listing of services from across the state. Users can access the information through categories of services, such as home-delivered meals, grocery and drug deliveries, care coordination and home care. Search capabilities make it easy to find services relatively close to home. Currently the listing includes services provided under the Older Americans Act and other readily accessed information.

Virtual presentation: There will be a virtual presentation from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 to help individuals learn about the Senior LinkAge Line and how it supports older adults and their families with decision making. Join at, Enter Meeting ID: 122-586-261.

Club Bethesda

WILLMAR — Club Bethesda will lead a “Matter of Balance” class at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Willmar Community Center. Advance registration is required, call 320-262-5288. The class will focus on easy exercise you can do from home using a chair, basic exercises for balance and coordination and strengthening balancing muscles to prevent falls in the future.

New to Medicare

WILLMAR — Senior LinkAge Line will have two virtual classes in September for people who will be new to Medicare and would like to learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. The class is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare including 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 site. Please contact Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 to sign up for the class, as space is limited.

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, 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 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

Support groups: Free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, for 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, 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 register, “see classes” at or, contact Julia at or 651-645-2948, ext. 104.

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


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 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 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:

Sept. 17, Morris: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hosanna Worship Center

Sept. 21, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Sept. 21, Granite Falls: 1 to 7 p.m., Kilowatt Center

Sept. 22, Granite Falls: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kilowatt Center

Sept. 22, Granite Falls: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Yellow Medicine East HIgh School

Sept. 22, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church

Sept. 22, Belview: 2 to 7 p.m., Odeon Hall

Sept. 22, Hancock: 1 to 7 p.m., The Axis

Sept. 23, Morris: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Old No. 1 Bar and Grill

Sept. 24, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Training and Community Center

Sept. 28, Milan: 1 to 7 p.m., Kviteseid Lutheran Church

Sept. 29, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., First Reformed Church

Sept. 29, Clara City: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center

Sept. 30, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Maynard Events Center

Sept. 30, Starbuck: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center

Sept. 30, Morris: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., University of Minnesota Student Center