Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Due to the pandemic many of us missed our traditional holiday concerts and events so the Willmar Community Center is celebrating “Holidays in July.” The Memory Café Musicians present a Christmas musical program and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will join in the holiday fun!

For more information and to make a reservation call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. July 14.

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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Long-Term Care: July 7, 9 a.m., virtual presentation on planning and paying for your long-term care by staff from the Senior LinkAge Line. Sign up at or call 1-800-333-2433; space is limited.

New to Medicare: July 13, 2 to 4 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 including what it 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. Sign up at or call 1-800-333-2433, space is limited.

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.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota offer a variety of 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. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going toto and clicking on “Support Groups."


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:

July 7, Prinsburg: 1 to 7 p.m. United Christian Reformed Church

July 8, Sunburg: 1 to 7 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church

July 9, New London: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., New London-Spicer High School

July 9, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion, Central Square

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

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

July 15, Belgrade: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Francis de Sales parish center

July 16, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church

July 19, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church

July 20, Hancock: 1 to 7 p.m., The Bridge

July 20, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Living Hope Church

July 21, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church

July 21, Cosmos: 1 to 7 p.m., City Center

July 26, Granite Falls: 1 to 7 p.m., Kilowatt Center

July 26, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

July 27, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Community Center

July 30, Olivia: Noon to 6 p.m., Renville County Government Services Center