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Zest For 50+ living

FEBRUARY 2017

Silver Pages ANNUAL RESOURCE GUIDE FOR SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

FREE!

ADULT DAY SERVICES Care for seniors, respite for caregivers

ARTS & ACTIVITIES Be active in mind, body

END OF LIFE Hospice offers care and support

HOME CARE Enables seniors to age in place

TRANSPORTATION

PHARMACISTS

Ways to stay mobile

Manage your medications

SENIOR LIVING

VOLUNTEERING

SENIOR DINING

From apartments to nursing homes

Share time with others in your community

Eat nutritious meals at home or a dining site


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WELCOME “You are never too old to set another goal



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he quote above is a positive way to look at life. No matter your age, there is always something more out there for you. We need to celebrate the years we have been given, and make the most of them. That’s our philosophy at Zest because today’s seniors are an active, dynamic, diversified group — ranging from those who just turned 50 and are still working to those who are long retired and are still keeping busy. This month, we offer you our sixth annual edition of Silver Pages. This magazine, published by the Hutchinson Leader and Litchfield Independent Review, is designed to be an easy-to-use guide filled with valuable information and resources that seniors, their loved ones, caregivers and professionals can use. Our goal is to help you navigate through the abundant services available. On the following pages, you will find stories and listings: from aging agencies to volunteer opportunities. Check out the table of contents on Page 3 and the advertisers index below to find services you are interested in or need.

— C.S. Lewis

We have worked hard to ensure the accuracy of listings. However, if you find an error, please let us know so we can correct it. Also, every effort was made to compile a complete list of service providers, but if you are a business or organization whose service is not listed, please let us know, so we can include you in next year’s edition. Juliana Thill Our contact information can be found on Page 3. Editor Thank you to our advertisers, whose support makes it possible for us to distribute copies of this guide free of charge. Readers, please let our advertisers know you saw their ad here and that you appreciate their support and community spirit. This publication was compiled with care, and we are proud to be able to serve the community in this way. All the best to you, as we all grow older!

DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS Please support and thank the businesses and organizations that care enough to make Silver Pages possible:

Advertiser Cash Wise Pharmacy Cedar Crest Estate Garden House / St. Mary’s Care Center Grand Meadows Ecumen of Litchfield Evergreen Apartments Family Rexall Drug Hutch Bowl

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Advertiser Page Hutchinson & Litchfield Hearing Aid 14 Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center 9 Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin Attorneys at Law 8 Prairie Senior Cottages 21 Prince of Peace Retirement Living 10 Regional Eye Center 13 State Farm 8 Woodstone Senior Living Community 24


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CONTENTS

Silver Pages

For 50+ living

AN ANNUAL RESOURCE GUIDE FOR SENIORS &

FEBRUARY 2017 Vol. 8 No. 12

CAREGIVERS

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Litchfield Independent Review P.O. Box 307, Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3266 Hutchinson Leader 170 Shady Ridge Road NW, Suite 100 Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-5000 PUBLISHER

Brent Schacherer • 320-234-4143 schacherer@hutchinsonleader.com NEWS

Juliana Thill, editor thill@independentreview.net 320-593-4808 Litchfield office 320-234-4172 Hutchinson office

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Adult day services: Local 6 facilities offer care for older

adults, provide a respite for caregivers

Eye care:

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIPTION OR ADDRESS CHANGE

Michelle Magnuson • 320-234-4142 magnuson@hutchinsonleader.com PRINTED BY

Crow River Press 170 Shady Ridge Road NW Hutchinson, MN 55350 Zest is published monthly by the Litchfield Independent Review and Hutchinson Leader newspapers. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior consent of the publisher.

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Kevin True, advertising director true@hutchinsonleader.com 320-234-4141 Sales representatives Paul Becker • 320-234-4147 becker@hutchinsonleader.com Colleen Piechowski • 320-234-4146 piechowski@hutchinsonleader.com Joy Schmitz • 320-234-4140 schmitz@hutchinsonleader.com Greg McManus • 320-593-4804 mcmanus@independentreview.net Sarah Esser • 320-593-4803 esser@independentreview.net

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Activities: Keep your mind and body active Agencies & organizations: Resources for older adults End of life: Hospice offers care to patients Hearing: When to see a doctor for hearing loss Home care: Enabling seniors to age in place Pharmacy: Help with managing your medications Senior dining: Food and fellowship Senior living: From townhomes to nursing homes Transportation: Getting around town without a car FEBRUARY 2017 | SILVER PAGES • ZEST

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ACTIVITIES

Community events offer opportunities to be involved

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eople 50 and older have numerous opportunities in McLeod and Meeker counties to remain active in mind and body. Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic wellbeing, according to the National Council on Aging. Local community education offices offer adult enrichment and adult recreational opportunities to help people lead a healthful life. In addition to being physically active, Harvard Medical School recommends seniors keep their mind active, as well. Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active, but pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, or volunteering for a project that involves

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Dassel-Cokato Community Education 4852 Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato 320-286-4120 http://commed.dc.k12.mn.us Glencoe-Silver Lake Community Education 1621 E. 16th St., Glencoe 320-864-2690 www.gsl.k12.mn.us

Hutchinson Senior Center 1005 Highway 15 S., Plaza 15 320-234-5656 www.hutchinsonprce.com/eventcenter/senior-activities/ Litchfield Community Education 307 Sixth St. E., Suite 110 320-693-2354 • www.litchfield.k12.mn.us

a skill you don’t usually use can function the same way. Here are ways to maintain social interaction with others, while also staying physically active:

JOIN US FOR

Hutchinson Community Education 900 Harrington St. SW 320-234-5638 • www.isd423.org

N Volunteer in your community. N Participate at a senior center. N Join a group focused on an activity , such as playing cards or book club. N Take a cooking class or try yoga.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

FUN

Cokato Museum and Akerlund Studio

&FOOD!

175 Fourth St. W., Cokato 320-286-2427 www.cokatomuseum.org

Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum

Senior Bowling Leagues

901 First St. N., Dassel 320-275-3077 http://dassel.com/history-center Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum are housed inside the Universal Laboratories building.

Fun and Relaxing!

Hutchinson Center for the Arts

Try our Delicious Senior Meals

McLeod County Historical Society & Museum

15 Franklin St. SW., Hutchinson 320-587-7278 www.HutchinsonArts.org 380 School Road N.W., Hutchinson 320-587-2109 www.mcleodhistory.org

Great variety of entrees!

Hwy. 7 W., Hutchinson • 587-2352

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Meeker County Historical Society Museum and Grand Army of the Republic Hall 380 Marshall Ave. N., Litchfield 320-693-8911 • www.garminnesota.org


Hutchinson Theatre Company

PERFORMING ARTS Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center 320-286-4120 • http://pac.dc.k12.mn.us Buy tickets online or in person at Dassel-Cokato Community Education or PAC at Dassel-Cokato High School, 4852 Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato

‘The Voice of the Prairie’

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ACTIVITIES 320-587-7278 • www.hutchtheatre.org Buy tickets online or in person at: Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Main Street and Washington Avenue or at Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St. SW

‘Bloody Murder’

Dassel-Cokato Community Education and The FungusAmongus Players present “The Voice of the Prairie.” In the early days of radio, huckster Leon Schwab sells the “magic” boxes by enlisting local talent to perform as enticement. When storyteller Davy Quinn is hired to broadcast tales of his childhood adventures with “Frankie the Blind Girl,” a national sensation is triggered. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17; at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19; and at 6 p.m. for a dinner show Feb. 18. All performances are at Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N., Dassel. Tickets for regular performances are $15 for adults and $7 for youth; and for dinner theater performance they are $35 for adults and $27 for youth.

In “Bloody Murder,” a group of the usual British murdermystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison, but her ladyship refuses to summon the police. She says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited in the first place? “Bloody Murder” will take the stage at 7 p.m. March 30-31, April 1, and April 68 at Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Tickets are $18.

‘Singing for the Cows: Homesteading a Dream’

‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

“Singing for the Cows: Homesteading a Dream” is a dynamic one-woman show that will be performed at 7 p.m. March 11 at Dassel History Center. It is a reflective musical scrapbook whose various characters (and one cow) are animated by a quirkiness that’s witty and poignant. All tickets are $10. General admission seating.

In the comedy, “The Savannah Sipping Society,” four Southern women are drawn together by fate and decide it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. “The Savannah Sipping Society” will be presented Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11 at Crow River Winery. Tickets are $40 per person, and include dinner and show. Ticket sales for each performance end at 5 p.m. the evening prior. Menu will be announced in October. Dinner is at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

‘Artrageous!’ Art and music have gone wild with “Artrageous!” This is an interactive art, music and dance production. The show will be at 7 p.m. March 31 at Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center. Reserved seating tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

Litchfield Community Theatre

Monroe Crossing A favorite bluegrass group, Monroe Crossing returns to Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. May 6. Monroe Crossing is renowned its dynamic stage show and for the warmth members share on and off stage. Reserved seating tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

320-693-2354 • www.litchfieldcommunitytheatre.com Buy tickets online or in person at Litchfield Community Education, Wagner Education Building, 307 Sixth St. E., Suite 110, Litchfield. Most performances are at Bernie Aaker Auditorium, inside the Meeker County Family Service Center, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield.

‘Oliver’

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Monroe Crossing includes David Robinson on banjo, Matt Thompson on mandolin, Derek Johnson on guitar, Lisa Fuglie on fiddle, and Mark Anderson on bass.

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist.” The musical, “Oliver,” takes place on the streets of England as Oliver, a malnourished orphan becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes London and finds acceptance among a group of pickpocketers led by Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the victim takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin has Oliver kidnapped, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. Performances will be at 7 p.m. July 27-29 and at 2 p.m. July 30 at Bernie Aaker Auditorium.

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ADULT DAY SERVICES

Adult day centers offer variety of services

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hoosing an adult day program for your loved one is an important decision. Finding the right program can make a tremendous impact on their wellbeing, while giving you peace of mind that your loved one is in a safe, supportive and engaging environment, according to the Minnesota Adult Day Services Association. Adult day services are community-based programs that meet the health, social, recreational and therapeutic needs of elderly and disabled adults. Adult day services also provide respite and peace of mind for family caregivers.

Making a selection The Minnesota Adult Day Services Association, which is the state’s organizing body for adult day service providers, offers tips on selecting an adult day center for your loved one: N Make an appointment to visit the center(s) to learn more about the programs, activities and services provided. N Check references. Ask the staff at the center for two or three people who have used their services and would be willing to share their opinions. N Try it out. Select a day center and give it a try for a few

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Adult day centers, which are facilities licensed by the Department of Human Services, provide programs that meet the health, social, recreational and therapeutic needs of elderly and disabled adults. days. Keep in mind that it often takes several visits for a new participant to feel comfortable in a new setting and routine.


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ADULT DAY SERVICES

DISCOVER SENIOR LIVING AT ITS FINEST!

ADULT DAY SERVICE PROVIDERS Cokato Cokato Charitable Trust 182 Sunset Ave. NW, Cokato, MN 55321 320-286-2158 • www.cokatoseniorcare.com/services

Darwin Lakeview Ranch 69531 213th St., Darwin, MN 55324 320-275-4610 • http://lakeviewranch.com

Dassel Lakeview Ranch 22851 Minnesota Highway 15, Dassel, MN 55325 320-275-5515 • http://lakeviewranch.com

Litchfield

• Assisted Living & Memory Care. • 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Offered with Washer, Dryer and Full Bathrooms. • Individualized Care/Services Provided for Changing Needs. • Activities Offered: Daily Exercise, Weekly Shopping Trip to Coborns, Social Events, Bingo, Cards & MUCH MORE! • Paved Walking Paths around Facility, Outdoor Garden & Sitting Areas. • Community Bus provides transportation for residents to Grand Meadows sponsored events (restaurants, shows, shopping, etc.).

Ecumen of Litchfield 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355 320-373-6627 • www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org

Watkins Hilltop Health Care Center 410 Luella St., Watkins, MN 55389 320-764-2300 • www.hilltophealthcarecenter.com

1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe

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Live fully, live well. • Short-term & outpatient rehabilitation therapy • Home health rehabilitation • Mobility courtyard • State-of-the-art equipment • Long-term skilled nursing care

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Mending body & spirit.

• Customized assisted living • Private rooms • Staff on site 24/7 www.stmaryscarecenter.org • Family-style, home-cooked meals • Secure outdoor environment

320-485-2151

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AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS

Help is available to older adults and caregivers FEDERAL AGENCIES

A variety of services are available to older adults, including veterans and their spouses.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) 877-486-2048 TTY www.cms.gov • www.medicare.gov • www.medicaid.gov

Social Security Administration St. Cloud Social Security Office (Serving McLeod and Meeker counties) 3800 Veterans Drive, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56303 800-772-1213 or 800-325-0778 TTY • www.ssa.gov

MINNESOTA AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS Minnesota Board on Aging P.O. Box 64976, St. Paul, MN 55164 800-882-6262 • 800-627-3529 TTY • www.mnaging.org

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging serves Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville counties. Contact Director Linda Giersdorf at 507-389-8866 or email lgiersdorf@mnraaa.org

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs State Veterans Service Building 20 12th St. W., #2, St. Paul, MN 55155 888-LINKVET (888-546-5838) or 800-627-3529 TTY http://mn.gov/mdva

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 800-273-8255 then press 1, or send a text message to 838255 for 24/7 support

Mike McGraw, Agent 34 South Main Street Hutchinson, MN 55350 Bus: 320-587-2565 mike.mcgraw.b46u@statefarm.com

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AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS MinnesotaHelp NOW! 800-333-2433 Senior Linkage Line 866-333-2466 Disability Linkage Line 888-546-5838 Veterans Linkage Line www.minnesotahelp.info/Index • Chat online

Minnesota State Council on Disability 121 E. Seventh Place, Suite 107, St. Paul, MN 55101 651-361-7800 or 800-945-8913 Voice/TTY www.disability.state.mn.us

COUNTY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES McLeod County McLeod County Courthouse 830 11th St. E. Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-5551 • www.co.mcleod.mn.us

McLeod County Public Health McLeod Social Service Center 1805 Ford Ave. N., Suite 200 Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-3185 • www.co.mcleod.mn.us

McLeod County Social Service Center McLeod Social Service Center 1805 Ford Ave. N., Suite 100 Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-3144 or 800-247-1756 • www.co.mcleod.mn.us

McLeod County Veteran Services 2381 Hennepin Ave. N. Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-1268 • www.co.mcleod.mn.us

Meeker County Meeker County Courthouse 325 Sibley Ave. N. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5200 • www.co.meeker.mn.us

Short Term Rehabilitation Long Term Care Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Comprehensive Nursing Support 600 S. Davis Ave. Litchfield MN

320.693.2472

Meeker County Public Health Meeker County Family Service Center 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 250 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5370 • www.co.meeker.mn.us

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Meeker County Social Services Meeker County Family Service Center 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 180 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5300 or 877-915-5300 • www.co.meeker.mn.us

Meeker County Veteran Services 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 120 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5445 • www.co.meeker.mn.us

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CAREGIVING

Caregivers need care as they assist a loved one

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aregiving can creep up on you — you start by dropping by your mom’s house and doing her laundry, or taking your dad to a doctor’s appointment. Soon, you find yourself doing the grocery shopping and refilling prescriptions. Gradually, you are doing more, and you realize you have become a caregiver, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance & National Center on Caregiving. Other times, caregiving is triggered by a major health event, such as a stroke, heart attack, or accident. Life as you know it stops, and all your energy goes to caring for your loved one, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, and caregiving becomes your new normal. Remember that taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of someone else. Caregiving is important work and it can be rewarding, but it also can be overwhelming, according to the Minnesota Board on Aging. It is important for caregivers to realize that it is OK to ask for help. Assistance is available in person or over the phone through Caregiver Consultants, professionals trained in providing individual support for family caregivers. For a referral to a caregiver consultant, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.

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Caregiver tips The pressure of caring for another person can take a toll on your health. Caregivers can feel anxious, overwhelmed and depressed. If this sounds like you, it is important to decrease stress in your life: N Take time for yourself and make your health a priority. Keep appointments, get a flu shot, eat well, stay active. N Seek and accept assistance from friends and family. N Learn what skills you might need to care for someone with your loved one’s diagnosis. N Talk about finances and health care wishes. N Complete legal paperwork such as power of attorney and advance directives. N Bring family and friends together to discuss care.

Help available to caregivers N Senior LinkAge Line: 800-333-2433. N Minnesota Live Well At Home: www.mnlivewellathome.org N Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving: 800-445-8106 or www.caregiver.org N Caregiver Action Network: http://caregiveraction.org

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Hospice offers care to patients in the last stages of their life

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hen death is imminent, hospice can provide comfort to the patient and family. Hospice offers comprehensive, state-ofthe-art care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and those who love them. A team of professionals and volunteers work with the patient and family to carry out your wishes. Hospice care also offers support for caregivers during the illness and grief support after the death. Hospice is something more that is available to the patient and the entire family when curative measures have been exhausted and life prognosis is six months or less, according to the Hospice Foundation of

America. Hospice services are provided in the setting that the patient calls home, such as their residence or that of a loved one, a hospital, or nursing home. Some hospices have their own center. The majority of hospices follow Medicare requirements to provide services, including: N Time and services of the care team. N Medication for symptom control or pain relief. N Medical equipment and supplies. N Medicare-covered services needed to symptoms related to the terminal illness, as recommended by the hospice team. N Grief and loss counseling for patient and loved ones.

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END OF LIFE HOSPICE PROVIDERS Glencoe Allina Health Home Care Services 211 Freemont Ave. SE Hutchinson 320-234-5031 • www.allinahealth.org

Hutchinson Allina Health Home Care Services 211 Freemont Ave. SE Hutchinson 320-234-5031 • www.allinahealth.org

Litchfield Divine Hospice Care 201 Sibley Ave. S. Litchfield 320-693-2580 • www.divinehomecare.com Ecumen of Litchfield Hospice 218 Holcombe Ave. N. Litchfield 320-693-7367 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org/hospicelitchfield-mn

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EYE CARE

Annual eye exams can help detect diseases, changes An annual eye exam by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist can help detect eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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hile vision changes occur as people get older, these changes don’t have to compromise people’s lifestyle. Knowing what to expect and when to seek professional care are important steps to safeguarding your vision, according to the American Optometric Association. As people reach their 60s and beyond, they need to be aware of the warning signs of age-related eye health problems that could cause vision loss, the AOA says, because many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They can develop painlessly, and people might not notice the changes to their vision until the condition is advanced. Regular eye exams and early detection of disease can significantly improve people’s chances of maintaining good vision as they age. The AOA says people should be aware of the following vision disorders:  Age-related macular degeneration — an eye disease affecting the

macula, the center of the light sensitive retina at the back of the eye, causing loss of central vision.  Cataracts — cloudy or opaque areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. Cataracts can cause a decrease in contrast sensitivity, a dulling of colors and increased sensitivity to glare.  Diabetic retinopathy — a condition occurring in people with diabetes. It is the result of damage to the blood vessels that nourish the retina.

They leak blood and other fluids that can cause swelling of retinal tissue, clouding of vision, and blindness.  Dry eye — an insufficient amount of tears or a poor quality of tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.  Glaucoma — a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  Retinal detachment — a tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue.

OPTICIANS & OPTOMETRISTS Cokato Cokato Eye Center 115 Olsen Blvd. NE, # 300, Cokato 320-286-5695 www.cokatoeyecenter.com

Glencoe Shopko Eyecare Center 3225 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-6005 https://optical.shopko.com Southwest Eye Care 1201 Greeley Ave. N., #3, Glencoe 320-864-2020 http://southwesteyecare.net/glencoe

Hutchinson Midwest Vision Centers Hutchinson Mall 1060 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-587-2370 www.midwestvisioncenters.com/ hutchinson Primary Eyecare 1059 Highway 15 S., Plaza 15, Hutchinson 320-587-4744 http://primaryeyecare2020.com Regional Eye Center 1455 Montreal St. SE, Hutchinson 320-587-6308 www.regeyecenter.com Shopko Eyecare Center 125 Main St. N., Hutchinson 320-587-4945 https://optical.shopko.com

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Southwest Eye Care 218 Main St. S., #105, Hutchinson 320-587-2593 www.southwesteyecare.net/ hutchinson Walmart Vision Center 1300 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-587-1020 www.walmart.com

Litchfield Fischer Family Eye Center 517 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield 320-593-2020 www.fischerlaser.com Litchfield Eye Center 135 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-3100 www.litchfieldeyecenter.com Primary Eyecare 520 Highway 12 E., #106, Litchfield 320-693-9333 https://primaryeyecare2020.com


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Hearing loss affects older adults, can be serious

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earing loss is a natural sign of aging due to a change in the structure of the ear. Unfortunately, hearing loss can affect people’s lives in many ways. It can range from missing certain sounds to total loss of hearing. Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults, according to the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous. Hearing problems can make people feel anxious, upset, and left out. It’s easy to withdraw from people when you can’t follow what is being said at the dinner table or in a restaurant. Friends and family might think people with hearing loss are confused, uncaring, or difficult when they’re really

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Types of hearing loss There are two kinds of hearing loss common in older people, according to the National Institute on Aging:  Presbycusis is a common type of hearing loss that comes on slowly as a person ages. It seems to run in families and affects hearing in both ears. The degree of hearing loss varies from person to person. A common sign of early hearing loss is not being able to hear a phone ringing.  Tinnitus causes a ringing, roaring, or hissing noise in your ear. Tinnitus can accompany many types of hearing loss. It also can be a sign of other health problems, such as high blood pressure or allergies. Often it is unclear what causes tinnitus, which can be permanent, come and go, or go away quickly.

Seeing a doctor Your doctor might be able to diagnose and treat your hearing problem. Or, your doctor might refer you to other clinicians such as an otolaryngologist, a doctor who specializes in medical problems of the ear, nose, and throat (also called an ENT doctor), or an audiologist, who is trained to measure hearing and provide services to improve hearing.

HEARING CARE SPECIALISTS Glencoe Hearing Care Specialists 1130 Hennepin Ave. N., Glencoe 877-864-0069 • www.hcshearing.com Pin Drop Hearing 2915 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-300-4026 • www.pindropglencoe.com

Hutchinson Hearing Help Audiology Clinic Kamrath Chiropractic Building 125 Main St. S., #1, Hutchinson 320-587-3636 • http://hearinghelpaudiology.com Hutchinson Hearing Aid Center 903 Minnesota Highway 15 S., #100, Hutchinson 888-834-5202 • www.hutchhearing.com

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Pam Pulkrabek Office Manager

HUTCH HEARING AID 320-587-7557

LITCHFIELD HEARING AID 320-593-0333

903 Hwy. 15 S., Hutchinson

517 N Sibley Ave., Litchfield

(Frontage Road next to The Coffee Company)

1-800-628-9165 • hutchhearing.com

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Litchfield Harmony Center For Hearing 32 Second St. E., Litchfield 320-693-4210 • www.hearingprosmn.com Litchfield Hearing Aid Center 517 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield 888-834-5202 • www.litchfieldhearing.com


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HOME CARE

Home care offers independence to older adults

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or some people, there’s no place like home for growing old. With the right help, through home care, some people can do just that. Home care encompasses a wide range of health and social services, according to the Minnesota Home Care Association. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill people in their own homes. Services provided can vary and include medical, nursing, social, therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living. The types of services that home care providers offer vary. Some of the types of services are:  Personal care assistance to help with day-to-day activities to allow people to be more independent in their own home.  Occupational therapy to help

Home care includes a range of health and social services. individuals who have physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems that prevent them from performing general activities of daily living.

 Physical therapy to restore the mobility and strength of patients who are limited or disabled by physical injuries.  Speech and language pathology to restore the speech of individuals and re-train patients in breathing, swallowing, and muscle control.  Skilled nurses. who work closely with you and your doctor to develop a plan of care that is in your best interest.  Home health aides, who under the supervision of a registered nurse, assist with personal care.  IV therapy, which assists people with prescribed medical treatments in the comfort of your own home.  Homemaking services such as light housekeeping and running errands.  Interpretive services, to eliminate language barriers.  Respite care for when a caregiver needs a break to run errands, go to an event or go away for the weekend.

HOME CARE PROVIDERS Cokato Cokato Manor Home Health 511 Cokato St. W., Cokato 320-286-3049 www.cokatoseniorcare.com/homehealth

Glencoe Allina Health Home Health Services 211 Freemont Ave. S.E., Hutchinson 320-234-5031 www.allinahealth.org/MedicalServices/Care-at-home Dominion Home Health Aide Services 1205 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-9926 www.dominionhomehealth.com

Grove City

Litchfield

Grove City Area C.A.R.E. (Community Answers for Reaching the Elderly) 200 South Ave., Grove City 320-857-2274 http://grovecitycare.com

Hutchinson Allina Health Home Health Services 211 Freemont Ave. SE, Hutchinson 320-234-5031 www.allinahealth.org/MedicalServices/Care-at-home Prairie River Home Care Inc. 246 Main St. S., Hutchinson 320-587-5162 or 800-624-9024 http://www.prhomecare.com/hutchi nson-mn

Allina Health Home Health Services 211 Freemont Ave. S.E., Hutchinson 320-234-5031 www.allinahealth.org/MedicalServices/Care-at-home Divine Home Care 201 Sibley Ave. S., Litchfield 320-693-2580 www.divinehomecare.com Ecumen of Litchfield Home Care 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7367 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org/home -care

Guardian In Home Health & Security 2071 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-6544 or 877-401-9371 www.guardianinhomehealth.com

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Pharmacists help manage medications

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our pharmacist is an important part of your healthcare team and plays an important role in ensuring you are taking medication safely. In addition, you are part of that team every time you take your medication. It is important that you double check that you are taking the right dose of the right drug, at the right time, in the correct way. To accomplish this, you need to know as much as possible about your medications. Your pharmacist is available to provide this information, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation. Here are some tips from the NPSF for medication safety:  Tell your pharmacist all the medications and over-the-counter drugs you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies purchased at health food or grocery stores, nutrition or

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 Try to have all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy so your records are in one place.  Make sure you can read and understand the name of the medicine, and the directions on the container.  Check that you can open the container. If not, ask the pharmacist to put your medicines in bottles that are easier to open.  If you have questions about your medicine, talk to your pharmacist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your medication, including: • What will the medicine do? • How many times a day do you take it? • How much to take at one time? • How long to take the medicine? • How/when to take it (with water, on an empty stomach, etc.)? • What results/side effects to be aware of? • How to store the medication?


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PHARMACY PHARMACIES Cokato Shopko Hometown Pharmacy 145 Broadway Ave. N., Cokato 320-559-0203 • www.shopko-pharmacy.com

Glencoe Coborn’s Pharmacy 2211 11th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-5192 • www.coborns.com/pharmacy.aspx Shopko Hometown Pharmacy 3225 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-5026 • www.shopko-pharmacy.com

Hutchinson Cash Wise Pharmacy 1020 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-587-8070 • www.cashwise.com/pharmacy.aspx Family Pharmacy South Medical Center Building 3 Century Ave. SE, #D, Hutchinson 320-587-3638 • www.familyrexall.com Family Rexall Drug 237 Hassan St. SE, Hutchinson 320-587-2509 or 800-944-1795 • www.familyrexall.com Shopko Pharmacy 125 Main St. N., Hutchinson 320-587-4941 • www.shopko-pharmacy.com Target Pharmacy 1370 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-587-7113 • www.target.com Walmart Pharmacy 1300 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-587-1020 • www.walmart.com

Litchfield Econofoods Pharmacy 951 Frontage Road E., Litchfield 320-693-3261 or 800-400-2185 www.econofoods.com/departments/pharmacy The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 329 Highway 12 E., Litchfield 320-693-9314 • www.medicineshoppe.com Walmart Pharmacy 2301 Frontage Road E., Litchfield 320-693-1022 • www.walmart.com

Winsted Keaveny Drug 150 Main Ave. W., Winsted 320-485-2555 • www.keavenydrug.com/winsted.html

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Senior dining, Meals on Wheels offer nutritious options

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warm lunch, time to socialize, an opportunity to see old friends or make new ones are among the offerings at senior dining sites in the area. Lutheran Social Services manages many congregate or senior nutrition sites in McLeod and Meeker counties. The sites are open to people 60 and older and their guest on a donation basis and anyone at full price. The suggested donation for a meal, depending on location, ranges from $4 to $7.65 for those 60 and older, and $7.20 to $7.65 for people age 59 and younger. However, no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Reservations usually must be made by noon the day before the meal, often by leaving a message on the answering machine of the phone number listed.

Meals on Wheels Lutheran Social Services provides home-delivered meals, or Meals on Wheels, to people in Kandiyohi,

Senior dining offers food and fellowship. Reservations must be made at least one day before the meal. Fees vary. However, no one will be turned away because of inability to pay

McLeod, Meeker and Renville counties. The Meals-on-Wheels program provides a hot, nutritious meal for adults age 60 and older who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals. Meal prices are the same as congregate dining. A well-balanced meal can boost immunity and reduce the risks for many health-related conditions and prevent the need for nursing home or

assisted living care prematurely. Meals typically are delivered Monday through Friday. However, frozen meals are available for weekends, holidays and other closure days. People can choose their delivery schedule and a combination of hot meals and frozen meals. For information about congregate dining or to make arrangements for Meals on Wheels, call 800-488-4146.

SENIOR CENTERS, SENIOR DINING SITES & MEALS ON WHEELS Brownton

Dassel

Brownton Senior Dining Brownton Community Center 310 Second Ave. N., Brownton 320-328-4181 Meals are served at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Dassel Senior Citizens Dassel History Center 901 First St. N., Dassel 320-275-3077 Coffee and treats are served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Cokato Cokato Senior Dining Cokato Apartments I Community Room 440 Second St. N., Cokato 612-834-5081 Meals are at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Dassel Senior Dining Lakeside Health Care 439 William Ave. E., Dassel 320-275-3308 Meals are served at noon Monday through Friday in the activity room. Meals on Wheels also are available by calling the same phone number.

Cosmos

Eden Valley

Cosmos Senior Dining Cedar Crest 130 Neptune St. N., Cosmos 320-877-9100 Meals are served at noon Monday through Friday.

Eden Valley Senior Dining Eden Valley Civic Center 171 Cossert Ave., Eden Valley 320-453-8375 Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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Glencoe Glencoe Senior Citizens Glencoe City Center 1107 11th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-3650 Seniors meet at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch is served at 2 p.m. Annual fee is $1. Glencoe Senior Dining Millie Beneke Manor 1319 Greeley Ave. N., Glencoe 320-864-5282 Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Grove City Grove City Senior Dining SouthGrove Square 200 South Ave., Grove City 320-857-2274 or 877-480-5310 ext. 219 Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.


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Litchfield

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Hutchinson Senior Center Hutchinson Event Center, Plaza 15 1005 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson 320-234-5656 www.hutchinsonprce.com/eventcenter/senior-activities/

Ecumen of Litchfield Meals on Wheels 200 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield 320-373-6624 Noon meals are delivered seven days a week www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org

Stewart Senior Dining Stewart Community Center 551 Prior St., Stewart 320-562-2730 Meals are at 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Litchfield Senior Dining Litchfield Civic Arena 900 Gilman Ave. N., Litchfield 320-693-6318 Activities at 10:45 a.m. Dinner at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Watkins Senior Dining St. Anthony Manor Apartments 131 Church St., Watkins 320-764-5615 Meals are at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Activities take place.

Hutchinson Senior Dining Evergreen Apartments 115 Jefferson St. SE, Hutchinson 320-587-6029 Seniors gather from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bingo is played from 10 to 11 a.m. Meals are served at about 11:15 a.m. Call by 6 a.m. the day before to make a reservation. Hutchinson Senior Dining Park Towers 133 Third Ave. SW, Hutchinson 320-587-2559 Meals are served at noon Monday through Friday.

Watkins

Winsted

Silver Lake Silver Lake Senior Dining Community Building Auditorium 308 Main St. W., Silver Lake 320-327-2621 Meals are at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Winsted Senior Dining Linden Wood Apartments 215 Linden Ave. W., Winsted 320-485-4303 Meals are at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Winsted Senior Citizens meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Linden Wood Apartments for bingo.

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Housing options meet a variety of needs

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ome people opt to move to a smaller residence, whether it’s to have less upkeep and responsibilities of a house, to live in a one-level residence, or to be closer to their grown children and grandchildren. The type of housing people choose largely will depend on three factors: people’s needs, finances, and the service options available in a facility, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. Different types of living arrangements can be found:  Small apartment, condominium or one-story house.  Retirement community. They usually offer individual apartments in a multi-unit setting, with group meals, transportation, housekeeping services, and numerous organized social and enrichment activities.  Residential care facility. These are small group homes that provide supervision, meals and care for people who cannot be left alone but do not require skilled nursing care. Care facilities provide assistance with bathing, grooming, eating, using the toilet, and walking.  Assisted living facility. This is for people who are somewhat independent but require daily oversight and assistance with housekeeping,

Downsizing tips Moving to a smaller residence often brings the need to pare down years of accumulated belongings to the key things you want to have around, you need or enjoy using.There will be emotions and memories stirred up because, in essence, you are sorting through the years of your life.The following are tips for going through belongings in your home:  Begin in the areas of the house that you use infrequently because it will be least disruptive to everyday life.  Start with the large items in each room and work your way down to the small items. If you start with the small items, you might get overwhelmed and frustrated before you even get started.  Sort items in each room into five groups: items to keep, items to pass on to family or friends, items to sell at a garage sale or auction, items to donate to charity, and items to throw away.

medication management and personal care. Meals are provided in a shared dining room. Staff is available to assist with care needs. Medical staff might be on-site or on call.  Intermediate care facility. This type of facility provides around-theclock care for those who require help with bathing, grooming, going to the toilet and walking. Individuals in these

facilities cannot live independently and require nursing care, although the nursing care is not offered 24 hours a day.  Skilled nursing facility: Commonly called nursing homes, these facilities provide nursing services 24 hours a day and are designed to provide high levels of personal and medical care.

ASSISTED LIVING & SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES Brownton Shade Tree Retirement Center 115 Fourth Ave. S., Brownton 320-328-5949

Cokato Brookridge 182 Sunset Ave. NW, Cokato 320-286-2158 www.cokatoseniorcare.com Cokato Manor & Heritage Place Memory Care 182 Sunset Ave. NW, Cokato 320-286-2158 www.cokatoseniorcare.com

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Cosmos Cedar Crest Estate 130 Neptune St. N., Cosmos 320-877-9100 www.cedarcrestmn.com

Dassel Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center 439 William Ave. E., Dassel 320-275-3308 http://lakesidecampus.org

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Glencoe Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care 705 18th St, Glencoe 320-864-7790 http://grhsonline.org/senior-services Grand Meadows 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe 320-864-5577 www.grandmeadowsmn.com Orchard Estates 1900 Ford Ave. N., Glencoe 320-864-7798 http://orchard-estates.org


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SENIOR LIVING Hutchinson Birchwood House 710 Park Island Drive, Hutchinson 320-587-7737 www.birchwoodmn.com Ecumen Oaks 945 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson 320-234-0873 www.ecumenoaksandpines.org Ecumen Pines 1015 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson 320-234-0873 www.ecumenoaksandpines.org Harmony River Living Center 1555 Sherwood St. SE, Hutchinson 320-484-6000 www.harmonyriverliving.org Prairie Senior Cottages 1310 Bradford St. SE, Hutchinson 320-587-5508 www.prairieseniorcottages.com

Woodstone Senior Living Community 1025 Dale St. SW, Hutchinson 320-234-8917 http://woodstoneseniorliving.com/ hutchinson

Silver Lake Cedar Crest Estate 1401 Main St. W., Silver Lake 320-327-6577 www.cedarcrestmn.com

Watkins

Litchfield Bethany Assisted Living 203 Armstrong Ave. N., Litchfield 320-693-2430 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org Bethany Memory Care 203 Armstrong Ave. N., Litchfield 320-693-2430 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org Meeker Manor 600 Davis Ave. S., Litchfield 320-693-2472 http://monarchmn.com/meekermanor

Garden View at Hilltop 404 Luella St., Watkins 320-764-2300 www.hilltophealthcarecenter.com Hilltop Health Care Center 410 Luella St., Watkins 320-764-2300 www.hilltophealthcarecenter.com

Winsted Garden House Saint Mary’s Care Center 551 Fourth St. N., Winsted 320-485-2151 www.stmaryscarecenter.org

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SENIOR LIVING SENIOR APARTMENTS, CONDOMINIUMS & RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

Brownton Midway Apartments 122 Fourth Ave. S. Brownton, MN 55312 507-351-3759 • www.smrrental.com Parkview Apartments 424 Second Ave. N. Brownton, MN 55312 507-351-3759 • www.smrrental.com

Cokato Edgewood Gables 600 Third St. E., Cokato, MN 55321 320-286-2159 www.cokatoseniorcare.com

Dassel Augustana Lakeside Apartments 441 William Ave. E. Dassel, MN 55325 • 320-275-3308 http://lakesidecampus.org

Eden Valley Edenbrook Apartments 169 Hambroer St. Eden Valley, MN 55329 320-587-2483

Glencoe Beihoffer Apartments 715 Greeley Ave. Glencoe, MN 55336 • 320-587-2483 Glenhurst Apartments 515 Abby Lane, Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-4393 Millie Beneke Manor 1319 Greeley Ave. N. Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-5282 www.nationwidegrp.com/properties/Millie-Beneke-Manor Orchard Estates - Glencoe Regional Health Services 1900 Ford Ave. N. Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-7798 http://grhsonline.org/senior-services Park Place Apartments 2201 14th St. E. Glencoe, MN 55336 • 320-587-2483

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Grove City SouthGrove Square 200 South Ave. Grove City, MN 56243 320-857-2715 http://grovecitymn.com/senior%20 living.html

Hutchinson Community of Lake Ridge 1085 Dale St. SW Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-234-8360 Evergreen Apartments 115 Jefferson St. SE Hutchinson, MN 55350 800-661-2501 www.bdcmgmt.com Green Castle Condominiums 250 Freemont Ave. SE Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-4040 Leona Apartments 225 Echo Circle Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-2483 North Place Apartments 415 School Road N. Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-2483 Park Towers Apartments 133 Third Ave. SW Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-2168 http://www.hutchinsonhra.com/ park-towers/ Prince of Peace Retirement Living 301 Glen St. SW Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-234-7588 www.poprl.org South Place Apartments 1220 Brandford St. Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-2483

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Village Cooperative 1300 Sherwood St. SE Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-234-7761 www.villagecoopofhutchinson.blog spot.com

Lester Prairie Prairie Manor Apartments 201 Elm St. N. Lester Prairie, MN 55354 320-587-2483

Litchfield Emmaus Place Senior Community 200 Holcombe Ave. N. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2430 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org Gloria Dei Senior Community 218 Holcombe Ave. N. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2430 www.EcumenOfLitchfield.org Lincoln Apartments 122 Fourth St. W. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2104

Silver Lake Lakeside Manor Apartments 127 Park Ave. Silver Lake, MN 55381 320-327-2536 Uptown Apartments 301 Center St. Silver Lake, MN 55381 507-625-5573 www.lloydmanagementinc.com

Watkins St. Anthony Manor 131 W. Church St. Watkins, MN 55389 320-685-9803

Winsted Linden Wood Apartments 215 Linden Ave. W. Winsted, MN 55395 320-485-4303 www.lindenwoodapartments.org


Call to set up an appointment: ACC Midwest Transportation 115 Erie St. SE, Hutchinson 320-455-9200 www.accmidwest.com Care Cab 2600 Seventh St. N., St. Cloud 320-251-6261 or 800-535-7190 http://caretransportation.com/carecab/ CCT - Central Community Transit 1320 22nd St. SW, Willmar 320-214-7433 or 888-750-7433 www.cctbus.org Meeker Public Transit 812 Ripley St. E., Litchfield 320-693-7794 www.meekerpublictransit.org Trailblazer Transit 207 11th St. W., Glencoe 320-864-1000 or 888-743-3828 www.trailblazertransit.com

Area bus and van services help older adults remain mobile

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etting older doesn’t make a person a bad driver. However, there are changes that happen to a person’s body that can affect driving skills over time, according to the National Institute on Aging. As people age, their joints can get stiff, their muscles can weaken, and their eyesight can diminish. Their hearing can change, making it harder to hear horns, sirens, or noises from their own car. These changes can slow how quickly people react while driving. AARP Safe Driver classes often are offered through community education. These refresher courses are for people 50 and older. People can get a discount on their auto insurance by complet-

ing the courses. Some people worry that if they stop driving, they won’t be able to do the things they want and need to do. However, people can still stay mobile. There are a number of public bus services to choose from. Also, some churches and civic groups have volunteers who will drive people. While there is a cost for transportation services, remember, it costs money to own a car. If you aren’t making those payments, you might be able to afford public transportation. Veteran service offices also offer transportation services: McLeod County Veterans Service: 320-864-1268. Meeker County Veterans Service: 320-693-5445.

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olunteering is good for people because it can strengthen the social ties that protect individuals from isolation during difficult times. In addition, the experience of helping others leads to a sense of greater self-worth and trust. Studies have found that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health.

Minnesota Senior Corps Minnesota Senior Corps offers adults age 55 and older the opportunity to help others through three different volunteer programs: 1. Foster Grandparents — Work with children and make a difference in the lives of youth. In McLeod County, call Gail Sumerfelt at 507-530-2295 or email her at gail.sumerfelt@lssmn.org. In Meeker County, call Diane Shuck at 320-212-4435 or email her at diane.shuck@lssmn.org.

2. Senior Companions — Support elderly who have difficulty with daily tasks. In McLeod County, call Gail Sumerfelt at 507-530-2295 or email her at gail.sumerfelt@lssmn.org. In Meeker County, call Diane Shuck at 320-212-4435 or email her at diane.shuck@lssmn.org. 3. RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) — Choose from an array of volunteer opportunities. In McLeod County and Meeker County, call Donna Whitcomb at 320-693-0194.

Meeker Council on Aging Call Donna Whitcomb at 320-6930194 or email at donnawhitcomb@ecumen.org.

Senior LinkAge Line Call 800-333-2433 to find local volunteer opportunities.

Studies have found that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health.

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At Woodstone, we offer a smaller, more intimate, and more personal setting for our residents to call home. Being at home is such an important part of achieving a higher level of care. When a resident moves in to our community, they become a part of our family. Residents have the opportunity to be active through resident outings, community events and volunteering with different local organizations. By getting to know each resident and their family individually, we can better tailor the experience, and care, that our residents receive.

7,000 Square Foot Expansion To Be Completed This Spring!

Call for more information on one of our new suites. Featuring: Care Suites and Memory Care • Private

• Health Related Services • Salon/Barber Apartments • Social, Recreational & Shop Wellness Activities • 24 Hour Staffing • Chapel • Emergency Response System • Weekly • RN on staff • Home-Cooked • Personal Related Services Housekeeping Meals • Weekly Laundry

The more we care, the more beautiful life becomes. 1025 Dale Street SW, Hutchinson, Minnesota • 320-234-8917

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