Health Calendar Published January 25, 2023 – West Central Tribune

Willmar – Aging Wise: Finding New Confidence and Purpose meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 1:30 pm at the Willmar Community Center. Todd Stoberl of Centracare Hearing Clinic will talk about hearing, hearing aids, and the signs of hearing loss. 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 Wednesday, February 1st at 4 PM.

Willmar – The annual Give Kids A Smile charity dental care event will be held Friday, February 2nd between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the CentraCare Dental Clinic at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Eligible individuals (low-income children aged 0-17 who are not currently patients in another dental office) should call CentraCare Dental Clinic at 320-214-2620. Vacancies will be filled soon.

Wilmar – NAMI Mental Health Support Group and Peer-to-Peer Support for Western Minnesota Families will meet at the Wilmar Public Library on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with a mental illness. Helps families develop better coping skills and strengths through group sharing. It is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Call 320-368-8319 for more information.

heart+mind Tuesdays, Jan. 31-Feb. 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m., via Zoom, free of charge. Developed by NAMI National, the wellness program is designed to educate and empower individuals to manage their mental and physical health. Register at

Facing Suicide, Hope for Farming Community: February 6, 3 to 5:30 p.m., free, CentraCare Main Clinic in Wilmar. Suicide is an urgent health care crisis touching too many Minnesotans in the agricultural community each year. This “Facing Suicide” event includes a Question, Persuasion, Response (QPR) class taught by University of Minnesota Farm Safety and Health Extension educator Emily Krekelberg, a screening of excerpts from Twin Cities Public Television’s new documentary “Facing Suicide,” and One question is included. NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) -and-answer session with Minnesota suicide prevention staff. For questions, call Michelle Kiefer at 320-251-2700 ext. 55171 or email [email protected]

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The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging provides advocacy, information, resources and support so older adults can maintain the lifestyle they choose. To learn more about this and other presentations and trainings that MNRAAA offers, visit

Live chats with an expert can also be found online at

New to Medicare: January 26, 8:30am to 10:30am, Online; For those who will be new to Medicare and want to know about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Topics will include a broad introduction to Medicare including Medicare cover, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During class you’ll learn Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to search for your Medicare plan options using the site. Sign up at / For more information call 1-800-333-2433, space is limited.

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

55+ Driver Course: This category, offered through the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, will save you up to 10 percent on your auto insurance. You are eligible for a discount once you complete the eight-hour course. To maintain the exemption, you must complete a four-hour refresher every three years. Courses include defensive-driving tips, changes in laws, vehicle technology and traffic safety. It is also available online at Advance registration required, online at or call 1-888-234-1294. Classrooms set up in the West Central Tribune area include:

  • Refresher Course, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., February 9, February 16, March 9 or April 17, $24, Jefferson Learning Center, Wilmar.
  • Refresher course, 5 to 9 p.m., February 16 or April 17, $24, Jefferson Learning Center, Wilmar.
  • Refresher Course, March 4, 1-5pm, $24, Emden Church, Renville.
  • First timers course: 5 to 9 p.m., two days, March 9 and March 20, $28, Jefferson Learning Center, Wilmar,

Senior Linkage Line: A free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, SeniorLinkAgeLine is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Older adults can visit on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to receive assistance with questions related to Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in your home, or help with drug costs. Beaches can contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages.

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

Coffee Talk: This statewide phone chat line for older adults is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Call toll-free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the older adult population and are dedicated to reducing 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. Caller privacy is a priority, and the only information requested will be a first name. Line users can call as many times as they want.

LSS Meals on Wheels: Hot Meals on Wheels is delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Frozen food available for next day or weekend. Meals are available to individuals who are unable to cook for themselves due to age, disability, illness, or recent hospital discharge. Along with regular meals, two special diet meals are available. Price is $8.75 and includes milk. Those 60 and over can contact the LSS to see if they qualify for a reduced rate. Order by noon the day before delivery by calling 320-737-0985. The menu is available at the website

Wilmar Senior Dining: Food is served weekdays at 11:30 a.m. and is also available for curbside pickup at the community center. Dining is open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 per meal. Call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message. This menu is available on the City of Willmarn website at under the Community Center.

Lutheran Social Service: Frozen, shipped meals are available to older adults throughout the state through the LSS Meals To Go service. Each shipment includes 14 frozen meals and costs approximately $9 per meal, which includes shipping costs. The cost is covered for Minnesotans who use one of five rebate programs. Meals is available to anyone in Minnesota who could benefit from healthy meals shipped directly to their homes. Order food at or call 800-488-4146.

American Red Cross conducts blood drive in West Central region. To give blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. Red blood cells can be donated every 112 days. While all types of blood 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.redcross All donors are required to have acceptable identification. The preferred form is government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need two other forms of identification, such as work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personal mail such as utility bills will not be accepted.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

January 25, Granite Falls: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kilowatt Center

January 25, Clara City: Community Center from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

January 25, Hancock: Noon to 6 p.m., Hancock School

January 26, Atwater: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

January 26, Danube: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Center

January 26, Morris: 6 p.m., Hosanna Worship Center

January 26, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 pm, Training and Community Center

January 27, Wilmar: YMCA from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 30, Wilmar: 1 to 6 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church

31 January, Milan: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Quitsid Lutheran Church

February 1, Clara City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., McCrae High School

February 2, Morris: 6 p.m., University of Minnesota

February 2, Benson: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

February 3rd, Benson: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

February 6, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

February 7, Lillian Lake: 1 to 7 p.m., United Lutheran Church

February 9, Belgrade: 6 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Church

February 13, Wilmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Meeting of God Church

February 14, Wilmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kandiohi County Historical Society

February 15, Grove City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School

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