Health Calendar Published December 21, 2022 – West Central Tribune

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging provides advocacy, information, resources and assistance so that seniors can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To learn more about this and other presentations and trainings MNRAAA has to offer, visit mnraaa.org/calendar

Live chat with a specialist is also available online at www.MinnesotaHelp.info.

PROPELLER: 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 help protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscle strength, balance and bone density.

55+ Driving Courses: This class, offered through the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, will save you up to 10 percent on your auto insurance. Completing an eight-hour course qualifies you for the discount. To keep the discount, you must complete a four-hour refresher course every three years. The course covers defensive driving tips, changes in the law, vehicle technology and road safety. It is also available online at www.mnsafetycenter.org. Advance registration is required online at www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 1-888-234-1294. Classes located in the West Central Tribune area include

  • Refresher course, Jan. 12, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., $24, Jefferson Learning Center, Willmar.
  • First Time Course: Jan. 13 and Jan. 16, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., $28, Jefferson Learning Center, Willmar.
  • First Time Course: March 9 and March 20, 5 to 9 p.m., $28, Jefferson Learning Center, Willmar.

Senior LinkAge line: A free service of the Minnesota Council on Aging, Senior LinkAge Line is the state’s 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 for help with Medicare and health insurance questions, help with finding stay-at-home services or help buying medicine. Make sure you have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages.

Center for People with Disabilities MN: A free, nationwide network of resources to help solve problems, navigate the system, and plan for the future. The team knows the ins and outs of community resources and government programs and has years of experience helping people match them. Call 1-866-333-2466 from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday or find email and live chat options at www.disabilityhubmn.org.

Coffee talk: This nationwide seniors chat line is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call toll free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the older population and is dedicated to alleviating loneliness and social isolation among older people. 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. Users of the line can call as often as they wish.

LSS Meals on Wheels: Hot meals on wheels are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A frozen meal is available for the next day or weekend. Food is available for individuals who are unable to cook for themselves due to age, disability, illness or recent discharge from hospital. Along with the regular meal, two special diet meals are offered. Cost is $8.75 and includes milk. Those 60 and over can contact LSS to see if they qualify for a reduced price. Order by noon the weekday before the day of delivery by calling 320-737-0985. The menu is available at lssmn.org/meals.

Willmar Senior Dining: Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and are also available for street pickup at the community center. Meals are open to those over 60 years of age. Suggested donation of $5 per 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 in the Community Center.

Lutheran Social Service: Frozen, shipped meals are available to seniors across the state through the LSS Meals to Go service. Each shipment includes 14 frozen meals and costs about $9 per meal, which includes shipping. Costs are covered for Minnesota residents who use one of five waiver programs. The meals are also available to anyone in Minnesota who can benefit from healthy meals delivered directly to their homes. Order a meal at lssmn.org/mealstogo or call 800-488-4146.

Continue reading for more of this week’s calendar items under Related Content.

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in the West Central area. To donate blood, you must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. Double RBCs can be donated every 112 days. Although all blood types are needed, type O and type B donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise, you will need to provide two other forms 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.

Scheduled blood drives for the Tribune area are:

December 21, Painesville: 9 am to 2 pm, Paynesville Area High School

December 23, Olivia: 9am to 3pm, Max’s Grill

December 28, New London: 9am to 3pm, Christian Church Open House

December 29, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

January 3, Sacred Heart: 1-7 p.m., Chitalishte

January 4, Granite Falls: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Prairie’s Edge Casino

January 9, Bird Island: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

January 9, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God

January 10, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., Appleton Area Health

17 January, Glenwood: Noon to 6 p.m., Glenwood Lutheran Church

January 17, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church

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