Health calendar released February 2, 2022 – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR – Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3 at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series aimed at meeting the educational, social and nutritional needs of older people. Caregivers, Mary Ellen and Vicki, will share their story of caring for a loved one with dementia. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 2.

WILLMAR – The Breast Cancer Peer Support Group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, February 7. The group is for women of all ages who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is facilitated by one of the Care Coordinators at Carris Health Cancer Center. Knowing that everyone has at least one thing in common to bind you together – cancer – can make it easier to open up, share, cry and laugh. Facilitators will make sure no one is forced to share more than they want. To free. Register at

WILLMAR – Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 at New Directions/Knutson Counseling, 1809 19th Ave. SW to Willmar (opposite Roosevelt School). If you need to talk or meet someone due to a suicide, please feel free to call Diane at 320-894-0182, Kay at 320-262-6162 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000 or email [email protected]com or [email protected]

The Minnesota River Region Agency on Aging provides advice, information, resources and assistance so seniors can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To learn more about this and other presentations and training offered by the agency, visit Live chat with a specialist is also available online at

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

LinkAge Senior 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. Seniors 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 about Medicare and health insurance, help to find services to stay at home or to pay for medication. Make sure you have a complete list of prescription medications and dosages.

Disability Hub MN: A free, statewide resource network that helps with troubleshooting, navigating the system, and planning for the future. The team knows the ins and outs of community resources and government programs, and has years of experience helping people put 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

Coffee chat: This statewide telephone chat line for seniors is open from 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Call toll free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the senior population and are dedicated to alleviating loneliness and social isolation among seniors. 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 the first name. Line users can call as often as they like.

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Hot meals at home are delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A frozen meal is available for the next day or the weekend. Meals are available for people who cannot cook for themselves due to age, disability, illness or recent discharge from hospital. In addition to the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. Cost is $6.81 and includes all side dishes (including dessert) and milk or juice. Order before 1 p.m. the weekday before the day of delivery by calling 320-235-5310, ext. 219 or 320-894-7401. The menu is available on the West Central Industries website, under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining Room: Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and can also be picked up curbside at the Community Center. Meals are open to people aged 60 and over. Suggested donation of $5 per meal. Call 320-262-5288 before noon the day before and leave a message. The menu is available on the City of Willmar website under Community Center.

The American Red Cross is holding blood drives in the Midwest. To donate 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. Double red blood cells can be donated every 112 days. Although all blood types are required, type O and type B negative donors are especially encouraged to donate.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at All donors require acceptable identification. The preferred form is government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise, you will need to provide two other pieces of identification, such as a work ID, social security card, personal check, or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.

The blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

February 2, Clara City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MACCRAY High School
February 2, Morris: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., University of Minnesota
February 3, Benson: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
February 3, Morris: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Minnesota
February 4, Benson: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
February 7, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church
February 14, Willmar: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
February 14, Benson: 1-6 p.m. Swift County – Benson Health Services
February 17, Belgrade: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saint-François De Sales Church
February 18, Grove City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School
February 18, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. BOLD High School
February 22, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
February 22, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kandiyohi County Historical Society
March 1, Murdock: From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Town Hall
March 1, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School
March 2, Benson: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Benson High School

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