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Silver Pages ANNUAL RESOURCE GUIDE FOR SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

Exploring options This guide contains local resources for healthy aging. Discover your options from activities to volunteering and everything in between.


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Love to sing? Consider joining the lthough most people know me for my Crow River Singers, Rainbow Singers or work at the Hutchinson Leader and Litchfield Area Male Chorus. Interested in Litchfield Independent Review, I’ve auditioning for a play or helping backstage? had a few jobs before this. Among them was Hutchinson Theatre Company, the working at the Hutchinson Senior Center. FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato I coordinated activities for older adults. and the Litchfield Community Theatre want This took the form of planning and presenting you. classes, special events and so on. Among my Kay And for those who prefer their music on many duties were answering the phone. I can’t stage rather than creating it? Don’t miss tell you the number of calls we received from RiverSong Music Festival July 17-18 in anxious adult children seeking help for their aging parents. ARTS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR Hutchinson or the second annual Litchfield Parade of Bands June 16. Typically, the child lived out of town and Enjoy playing cards, going on a bus trip, a sudden health crisis brought them to seek taking an exercise class or watching a movie? Make a services for mom or dad. It was tough because back then point to visit the Hutchinson Senior Center. Located in there wasn’t a single source for information about local the Hutchinson Event Center, the senior center is open senior services. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. It offers an opportunity We had assembled our own list due to the interactions for people age 55 or older to pursue a variety of interests. we had with agencies and families, but a local guide would To find out what’s on the schedule, call 320-234-5656 or have been greatly appreciated by us as well as others. subscribe to the monthly Senior Newsletter. It’s for this reason I’m so proud of Zest’s annual Silver We’ve made every effort to compile a complete Pages edition. It offers everything I needed to know years list of service providers, but if you are a business or ago. It brings local older adult services and opportunities organization whose service is not listed, please let us together in an easy-to-use guide. It would have been so know, so we can include it in next year’s edition. Our helpful and comforting to be able to hand a resource like contact information is listed on page 3. this to a worried son or daughter. Zest Silver Pages is distributed free of charge. We The best part of Silver Pages? It’s not only about thank our advertisers who make this possible. Readers, resources, but it includes the fun stuff, too. Interested please let our advertisers know you appreciate their in the arts? Visiting a museum or taking a community support and community spirit. education class? We have included a list of arts-related On that note, we are proud to publish Zest and serve the opportunities to explore including a list of local community in this way. Age, has been said, is a state of museums and the exhibit schedule for the Hutchinson mind. With this issue, explore your options. Center for the Arts.

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CONTENTS

ANNUAL RESOURCE GUIDE FOR SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

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From museums to the performing arts, there is much to do in McLeod and Meeker counties

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Home care:

Local providers deliver health care services to people in their own homes

February 2020 Vol. 11 No. 12 PUBLISHED BY Hutchinson Leader 170 Shady Ridge Road N.W., Suite 100 Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-753-3635 Litchfield Independent Review P.O. Box 307, Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3266 PUBLISHER Brent Schacherer: 320-753-3637 schacherer@hutchinsonleader.com NEWS Kay Johnson, features editor 320-753-3641 johnson@hutchinsonleader.com

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Volunteering:

Share your talents by volunteering. Discover what opportunities are available

ADVERTISING Kevin True, advertising director 320-753-3648 true@hutchinsonleader.com Sales representatives  Ronda Kurtzweg: 320-753-3652,

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Adult Day Services: Resources for older adults Federal, state, county resources: Help is available Caregiving: Caring for the caregiver Eye care: Make an eye exam part of your health care plan Hearing: Say what? Hearing loss affects many Hospice: Hospice provides comfort to patient, family Housing: Older adults have a variety of housing options Pharmacy: Pharmacists are accessible experts Retirement: Don’t play politics with your portfolio Senior dining: Senior dining offers fun, fellowship and good food Transportation: Options keep people mobile

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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

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The Hutchinson Farmers Market offers a variety of activities for people of all ages including free outdoor yoga classes this past summer.

Exploring personal enrichment opportunities

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ove it or lose it” is a common phrase that says it all — if you don’t move your body, it’s easy to lose muscle tone especially after age 50. A variation of that is “use it or lose it.” Your brain, like your body, benefits from using it. Research shows older adults who participated on a daily or weekly basis in social activity had a 40 percent reduced risk of developing dementia compared to those who were not socially engaged. Whether you’re interested in seeing an exhibit at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, learning a new skill such as

how to use an air fryer or how to speak a foreign language, opportunities for community engagement are available through local community education programs. At one time retirement meant a rocking chair on the porch. Fortunately that isn’t true any longer. Older adults have many opportunities available to them. So pursue a new hobby, sign up for a class or raise your hand to volunteer. Life is what you make it, no matter what your age. For local enrichment activities, check out the following listings:

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

St. N.; 320-395-2521.; lp.k12.mn.us/page/2513  Litchfield Community Education, 307 Sixth St. E., Suite 11, Litchfield; 320-693-2354; litchfield.k12.mn.us.

 Dassel-Cokato Community Education, 4852 Reardon Ave. S.W., Suite 1400, Cokato; 320-286-4120; district. dc.k12.mn.us/community-ed.  Glencoe-Silver Lake Community Education, 1621 E. 16th St., Glencoe; 320-864-2690; gsl.k12.mn.us.  Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Community Education, 8700 County Road 6 S.W., Howard Lake; 320-543-467.; hlww.k12.mn.us/community-education.  Hutchinson Community Education, 900 Harrington St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-587-2975; hutchinsonprce.com.  Hutchinson Senior Center, Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-234-5656; hutchinsonprce.com. The Senior Center is open 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Lester Prairie Community Education, 131 Hickory

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ART CENTER The Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St. S.W., was built on a foundation of creative collaboration. Working with its partner organizations, the art center offers a variety of services ranging from arts advocacy to arts programming. Among the highlights it offers is a changing schedule of exhibitions. This year’s offerings include:  April 6-May 1: Youth Art Exhibition  May 11-June 12: Sue Legatt and Kristi Link Fernholz  June 22-July 31: Joyce Young Retrospective  Aug. 10-Sept. 11: Mic Stowell  Sept. 21-Nov. 6: Liz Miller and Chris Allen  Dec. 1-Jan. 15: Amber Rahe

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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS The Hutchinson Center for the Arts is open 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, visit hutchinsonarts.org or call Lisa Bergh, executive director, at 320-587-7278.

MUSEUMS  Cokato Museum, 175 Fourth St. S.W., Cokato; 320286-2427; cokatomuseum. org. It showcases local Cokato and southwestern Wright County history, It is also home to the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, 901 First St. N., Dassel; 320-275-3077; dassel.com/ history-center. The museum highlights Dassel history.  Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-5877278; hutchinsonarts.org. HCA features a changing roster of rotating exhibits showcasing the work of Minnesota artists. The center is also host to a variety of special events ranging from stage productions to vocal performances.  McLeod County Historical Society and Museum, 308 School Road N.W., Hutchinson; 320-587-2109; mcleodhistory.org. The museum’s permanent exhibits include: the Les Kouba Gallery, Emanuel Albrecht Gallery and the Historical Gallery, which features displays from the county’s nine towns. For those pursuing family history projects, a research library and Ancestry Library Edition are available.  Meeker County Historical Society Museum

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The Hutchinson Senior Center hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. “Legends and Laughter” by entertainer Jimmy Mazz drew a full house in October. at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-8911; garminnesota. org. The G.A.R. Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum features local Meeker County and Civil War history. It is also the site of the Litchfield G.A.R. Civil War Roundtable, which meets the second Thursday of each month.  Winsted Arts Council; 320-485-3330; winstedartscouncil.org. The Winsted Arts Council is committed to providing artistic experiences for all ages.

MUSIC  Crow River Singers: This community chorus offers people who love to sing an opportunity to share this interest with others. Two seasons are offered: spring and fall. New members are welcome and no auditions

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The Crow River Singers are in rehearsals for their spring concerts, which will feature music from television shows. Under the direction of Paul Otte and Jim Nelson, the choir will host two performances: April 17 and April 19. are required. For more information, call Holly Dapper at 320-587-0710.  Hutchinson Concert Association: This organization sponsors three concerts during its season, which runs September through May. Thanks to a reciprocal agreement with the Glencoe Performing Artists Series, members can attend six concerts for the price of

three. For more information, call Bev Wangerin, memberships/sponsors, at 320-583-3652.  Litchfield Area Male Chorus: Established in 1964, the all-male group rehearses at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Litchfield High School choir room. New members are welcome. For more information, Activities to 6 

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Billed as “Minnesota’s Homegrown Music Festival,” RiverSong is July 17-18 at Masonic/West River Park in Hutchinson. The two-day, rain-or-shine event features two stages of music, food vendors, beer and wine, free parking, camping and children’s activities.

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email LitchfieldMaleChorus@hotmail.com or find the chorus on Facebook.  Rainbow Singers: In existence since 2006, the singing group includes more than 30 women from Litchfield and surrounding areas, including Dassel, Darwin, Eden Valley, and Watkins. Members rehearse weekly, from April to October, and perform a diverse selection of songs and medleys. New voices are welcome. For more information, call Sue Hein at 320-699-1340.  Litchfield Parade of Bands: Save the date — Tuesday, June 16 — for the second annual Litchfield Parade of Bands. This festival is sponsored by the Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Litchfield Visitors Bureau along with the Litchfield Marching Dragons. It featured 11 bands in its inaugural

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season. For more information, email Dave Ceasar at dceasar@isd465.org.  RiverSong Music Festival: This celebration of Minnesota music is Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at Masonic/West River Park in Hutchinson. This rainor-shine outdoor festival features a variety of genres, ranging from bluegrass and country to calipso, rock ’n’ roll and American roots. For more information or to volunteer, call the Hutchinson Center for the Arts at 320-587-7278 or visit riversongfestival.org.

PERFORMING ARTS  Dassel-Cokato Perfor ming Ar ts Center, isd466.org/domain/32. The venue features local and visiting music and theater performances. Tickets are available online or in person at Dassel-Cokato Community Education at DasselCokato High School, 4852 Reardon Ave. S.W., Cokato.

For more information, call Abigail Lang, community education program coordinator, at 320-286-4100 ext. 1022.  Hutchinson Theatre Company: The community theater group produces three productions a year. This year’s schedule features: ”Everybody Loves Opal” at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Show dates are March 26-28 and April 2-4; female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” with show dates of July 16-18 and 23-25; and ”Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court,” Nov. 5-7 and 12-14, at Crow River Winery. For more information, call the art center at 320-5877278.  FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato: This community theater group produces four shows per year. In October, the troupe staged ”Relationships: A Night of One Acts.” In December it

was ”The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Next up is the comedy ”Nunsense” Feb. 27-29, March 1 and March 5-8 at the Dassel History Center. The troupe is performing Shakespeare in the Park for its summ e r s h ow i n Ju ly. Fo r more infor mation, visit fungusamongusplayers. org, the troupe’s Facebook page or call 612-968-9707.  Litchfield Community Youth Theatre is staging “Disney’s Frozen Jr.” with performances April 16-19 at Bernie Aaker Auditorium. For more information, call Litchfield Community Education and Recreation at 320-693-2354.  Litchfield Community Theatre had not announced its summer show title as of press time. For more information, call Litchfield Community Education and Recreation at 320-693-2354 or visit litchfieldcommunitytheatre. com.

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ADULT DAY SERVICES

Variety of services available at adult day centers

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ho o si n g a n adu lt d ay p r o g r a m f o r you r loved one is a n i mpor t a nt decision. Finding the right program can make a positive impact on their well-being, while giving you peace of mind that your loved one is in a safe, supportive and engagi ng envi ron ment, according to the Minnesota Adult Day Services Association. Adult day services are c om mu n it y- b a s e d pr o grams that meet the health, social, recreational and therapeutic needs of older and disabled adults. The Minnesota Adult Day Services Association, offers tips on selecting an adult day center for your loved one:

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An adult day center is typically a non-residential facility that supports the daily living needs of older adults and people with disabilities.  Make an appointment to visit the center(s) to lear n more about the programs, activities and services provided.  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.  Try it out. Select a day center and give it a try for a few days. Keep in mind that it often takes several visits for a new participant to feel

 Cokato Charitable Trust, 182 Sunset Ave. N.W., Cokato; 320-286-2158; cokatoseniorcare.com/services.  L a kev i ew R a n c h , 69531 213th St., Darwin; 320-275-4610; lakeviewranch. com.  L a kev i ew R a n c h , 22851 State Highway 15, Dassel; 320-275-5515; lakeviewranch.com.  Ecumen of Litchfield, 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield; 320-373-6627 ecumenofLitchfield.org.  Hilltop Health Care Center, 410 Luella St., Watkins; 320-764-2300; hilltophealthcarecenter.com.

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AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS

Federal, state, county resources Assistance is available for older adults, caregivers FEDERAL SERVICES  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244; 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or 877-486-2048 TTY; cms.gov; medicare. gov; medicaid.gov.  Social Security Administration, 3800 Veterans Drive, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56303; 800-7721213 or 800-325-0778 TTY; ssa.gov. The St. Cloud Office serves McLeod and Meeker counties.

MINNESOTA SERVICES  Minnesota Board on Aging, P.O. Box 64976, St. Paul, MN 55164; 800-882-6262 or 800-627-3529 TTY; mnaging.org.  M i n n e s o t a R ive r Area Agency on Aging serves southwestern counties, including Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker and Renville; 507-387-1256; mnraaa. org.  Minnesota Department of Human Services, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101; 651-431-2000 or 800-6273529TTY; mn.gov/dhs.  Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, State Veterans Service Building, 20 12th St. W., Suite 2, St. Paul, MN 55155; 888-LINKVET (888-546-5838) or 800-627-3529 TTY; mn.gov/ mdva.  Veterans Crisis Line:

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McLeod County Veterans Services Officers Jim Lauer and Cassandra Carrigan, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar pose for a photo after Klobuchar presented Carrigan with an American flag. A certificate states the flag “was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator Amy Klobuchar. This flag was flown for McLeod County Veterans Service Officer Cassandra Carrigan for her continued dedication to McLeod County’s veterans.” Call 800-273-8255 then press 1, or send a text message to 838255 for 24/7 support.  MinnesotaHelp NOW! Call 800-333-2433.  Senior Linkage Line: Call 866-333-2466 or visit minnesotahelp.info.  Disability Hub MN: Call 888-546-5838.  Minnesota Council on Disability, 121 E. Seventh Place, Suite 107, St. Paul, MN 55101; 651-361-7800 or 800-945-8913 Voice/TTY; disability.state.mn.us.

COUNTY SERVICES

co.mcleod.mn.us.  McLeod County Public Health, McLeod Social Service Center, 1805 Ford Ave. N., Suite 200, Glencoe; 320-864-3185; co.mcleod. mn.us.  McLeod County Social Service Center, McLeod Social Service Center, 1805 Ford Ave. N., Suite 100, Glencoe; 320-864-3144 or 800-247-1756; co.mcleod. mn.us.  McLeod County Veteran Services, 2381 Hennepin Ave. N., Glencoe; 320864-1268; co.mcleod.mn.us.

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 McLeod County Courthouse, 830 11th St. E., Glencoe; 320-864-5551;

 Meeker Council on Aging, 218 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-0194.

 Meeker County Courthouse, 325 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-5200; co.meeker.mn.us.  Meeker County Public Health, Meeker County Family Service Center, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 250, Litchfield; 320-693-5370; co.meeker. mn.us.  Meeker County Social Services, Meeker County Family Service Center, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 180, Litchfield; 320-693-5300 or 877-915-5300; co.meeker.mn.us.  Meeker County Veteran Services, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., Suite 120, Litchfield, MN 55355; 320693-5445; co.meeker.mn.us.

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a r i n g for a love d one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll. This list of resources can help with navigating your caregiver journey:  C a r e g ive r A c t i o n Network: Visit caregiveraction.org.  Family Care giver Alliance & National Center on Caregiving: Call 800-445-8106 or visit caregiver.org.  Minnesota Live Well

At Home: Visit mnlivewellathome.org.  Senior LinkAge Line: Call 800-333-2433.  Caregiver Support & Discussion Group, sponsored by Lutheran Social Service. For information about McLeod County groups, call DeeDee Harvego at 320-292-3840. For details about Meeker and Kandiyohi g roups, call Barbara Alsleben at 320221-3747 or email BarbaraAlsleben@lssmn.org.  Dementia Caregiver Suppor t Group, sponsored by Lutheran Social Service, meets at Meeker County Family Services

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 Veterans Administration Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274.  Respite care for caregivers is available through Lutheran Social Service. LSS provides respite care for caregivers in McLeod County and surrounding counties as part of its Caregiver Support Program. LSS often seeks volunteers to provide care an average of 10 hours a week so caregivers can have a break. Volunteers do not provide medical or personal care. Training is provided. For information about the Caregiver Support Program or becoming a volunteer, visit lssmn.org.

Building, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., room 130, Litchfield. For information, call 320-221-3747 or email Barbara.Alsleben@lssmn.org.  Litchfield Caregiver Discussion Group meets at the Meeker County Family Services Building, 114 Holcombe Ave. N., room 200, Litchfield. For information, call Barb 320-2213747.  Forget Me Not Café, where people with memory loss and their care companions come together in a supportive environment. Fo r i n fo r m at i o n , s e n d an email to ACTonalz@ meekermemorial.org.

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EYE CARE

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EYE CARE 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, which affects the macula, the center of the light sensitive retina at the back of the eye, causing loss of central vision.  Cataracts are 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 is 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 is an insufficient amount of tears or a poor quality of tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.  Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  Retinal detachment is a tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue.

OPTICIANS & OPTOMETRISTS COKATO  Cokato Eye Center, 115 Olsen Blvd. N.E., No. 300, Cokato; 320-286-5695; cokatoeyecenter.com.

GLENCOE  Southwest Eye Care,

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HUTCHINSON  Midwest Vision Centers, Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-587-2370; midwestvisioncenters.com/ hutchinson.  Primary Eyecare, 1059 State Highway 15 S., Plaza 15, Hutchinson; 320-587-4744; primaryeyecare2020.com.  Regional Eye Center, 1455 Montreal St. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-587-6308; regeyecenter.com.  Southwest Eye Care, 218 Main St. S., Suite 105, Hutchinson; 320-587-2593; s o u t h we s t e ye c a re. n e t / hutchinson.  Walmart Vision Center, 1300 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-587-1020; walmart.com.

LITCHFIELD  Fischer Laser Eye Center, 517 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-593-2020; fischerlaser.com.  Litchfield Eye Center, 135 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield; 20-593-3100; litchfieldeyecenter.com.  Primary Eyecare, 520 U.S. Highway 12 E., Suite 106, Litchfield; 320-693-9333; primaryeyecare2020.com.

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HEARING

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f you’re experiencing muffling of speech and other sounds, difficulty understanding words or find yourself needing to turn up the volume on your television or radio, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

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Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults, according to the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. 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 isolate people and make them feel anxious and upset. It’s easy to withdraw from people when you can’t follow what is being said. Friends and family might think people with hearing loss are confused, uncaring or difficult when they’re really having trouble hearing. Your doctor may be able to diagnose your hearing problem or refer you to other clinicians such as an otolaryngologist, a doctor who specializes in problems of the ear, nose and throat,

GLENCOE  H e a r i n g L i f e , 1130 Hennepin Ave. N., Glencoe; 763-296-3606; hearinglife. com.  PinDrop Hearing, 2915 10th St. E., Glencoe; 888-873-6493; pindropglencoe.com.

HUTCHINSON  Avada Audiology & Hearing Care, 102 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-234-6711; hearinglife.com.  Hearing Help Audiology Clinic, 125 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-587-3636; hearinghelpaudiology.com.  Hutch Hearing Aid, 903 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-434-1098; hutchhearing.com.

LITCHFIELD  LItchfield Hearing Aid, 711 U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield; 320-593-0333; hutchhearing.com.

OTHER Veteran service offices also offer hearing aid assistance for veterans:  McLeod County Veterans Service: 320-8641268.  Meeker County Veterans Service: 320-6935445.

Call (888) 405-4327 to schedule your consultation.

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HOME CARE

Health care services delivered to your door

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or some people, there’s no place like home for convalescing or aging in place. With the help of home care, options are available to just do that. Home care encompasses a range of health and social services, according to the Minnesota Home Care Association. These services are delivered to people at home who are recovering from an injury, surgery or illness, disabled, chronically or terminally ill. 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, but can include:  Home health aides, who under the supervision of a registered nurse, assist with personal care.  Homemaking services such as light housekeeping and running errands.  Interpretive services, to eliminate language barriers.  IV therapy, which assists people with prescribed medical treatments.  Occupational therapy to help people who have physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems that prevent them from performing general daily living activities.  Personal care assistance to help with day-today activities to allow people to be more independent.  Physical therapy to restore the mobility and strength of patients who are limited or disabled by physical injuries.

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 Respite care for when a caregiver needs a break to run errands, go to an event or go away for the weekend.  Skilled nurses who work with you and your doctor to develop a plan of care that is in your best interest.  Speech and language pathology to restore the speech of individuals and re-train patients in breathing, swallowing, and muscle control.

HOME CARE PROVIDERS  Adara Home Health (for merly Prairie River Home Care), 246 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-587-5162; adarahomehealth.com. It serves clients in McLeod, Meeker, Carver, Dakota, Kandiyohi, Renville, Scott and Sibley counties.

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 Allina Health Home Health Services, 320-2345031; allinahealth.org/ Medical-Services/Careat-home. Its service area includes the counties of McLeod, Sibley and Wright, as well as parts of Meeker and Renville.  Cokato Manor Home Health, 511 Cokato St. W., Cokato; 320-286-3049; cokatoseniorcare.com/homehealth.  Divine Home Care, 201 Sibley Ave. S., Litchfield; 320-693-2580 or 888-240-5456; divinehomecare.com. It serves 26 counties, including Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker and Renville.  Dominion Home Health Aide Services, 9204 170th St., Glencoe; 320-8649926; dominionhomehealth.

com. It serves 12 counties, including Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Wright, Renville and Sibley.  Ecumen of Litchfield Home Care, 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield; 320-693-7367; ecumenoflitchfield.org/ home-care.  G r ove C i t y A r e a C.A.R.E. (Community Answers for Reaching the Elderly), 200 South Ave., Grove City; 320-857-2274; grovecitycare.com.  Guardian In Home Health & Security, 2071 10th St. E., Glencoe; 320-8646544 or 877-401-9371; guardianinhomehealth.com.  Independence Home Care, 161 Eighth St. S., Winsted; 612-978-0416; facebook. com/IndependenceHomeCareLLC

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HOSPICE

Hospice provides comfort to patient, family

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hile many think of hospice in terms of a building, it’s not a place, but an end-of-life care philosophy. The object is to treat the whole person, not just the disease. The emphasis is on comfort care and quality of life. Many people are not aware that hospice services are available wherever a patient chooses to live. That means services can be delivered at home, in an assisted-living facility, hospital or nursing home. Others believe hospice services are only available for people with cancer. That’s also not true. It’s for any patient with a terminal illness. A team of professionals and volunteers work with the patient and family to carry out their wishes. Hospice care also offers support for caregivers during the illness and grief support after the death. The majority of hospices follow Medicare requirements to provide services, including:  Time and services of the care team.  Medication for symptom control or pain relief.  Medical equipment and supplies.  Medicare-covered services needed to symptoms related to the terminal illness, as recommended by the hospice team.  Grief and loss counseling for patient and loved ones.

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HOSPICE PROVIDERS  Allina Health Home Care Services, 211 Freemont Ave. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-234-5031; allinahealth.org. It provides services in Glencoe and Hutchinson.  Divine Hospice Care, 322 Second St. S.W., Willmar (corporate office); 888-240-5456; divinehomecare.com. It provides care in Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Swift counties.  Ecumen of Litchfield Hospice, 218 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-7367; ecumenoflitchfield.org/hospicelitchfield-mn.

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HOUSING

Older adults have a variety of housing options

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ake a look around your home. A re the kids grown and moved out and now you have more house than you need? Maybe your older parents are ready to sell your childhood home and move to a one-level residence? It might be time to consider downsizing. “St a r t by re -fra mi ng t he word to rightsi zing, because downsizing implies a sense of loss, while rightsizing implies a s en s e of c or r e c t ne s s and freedom,” said Marni Jameson, a nationally syndicated home columnist and author. “Just say ‘I have too much house, and now it’s time to correct Options to 16 

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that so I can have what I need and no more.’” T he t y p e of hou si n g people choose largely will depend on three factors: people’s needs, finances and service options available, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. See pages 16 and 17 for local housing options.

HOW TO DOWNSIZE Where to start? That’s t he que st ion. Here a re some tips to help:  Begin in the areas of the house that you use infrequently because it will be the 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.  Sell, donate or giveaway the rest. Furniture that doesn’t move with you can be sold or donated.  Don’t save for family. Ask them what they want. If they say “nothing” believe them. Don’t assume you know what they want.  Need, use, love. “Remember your stuff is about need, use, love,” said Jameson. “Do I need this? Will I use it? Do I love it? And not, ‘it was expensive, so-and-so gave it to me,’ or ‘I might need it someday,’ or ‘it’s a good backup in case the first one breaks.’”  Get help. Professionals are available to help you downsize your belongings. If you need help, hire it.

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SENIOR APARTMENTS, CONDOMINIUMS & RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES A variety of housing options are available to older adults in the area:  Independent living: S m a l l ap a r t m e n t , c o n dominium or one-story house.  Retirement community: They usually offer individual apartments in a multi-unit setting, with group meals, transportation, housekeeping services, and organized social and enrichment activities.

BROWNTON  Midway Apar tments, 122 Fourth Ave. S., Brownton; 507-351-3759; smrrental.com.  P a r k v i e w Ap a r t ments, 424 Second Ave. N., Brownton; 507-351-3759 smrrental.com

COKATO  Edgewood Gables, 600 Third St. E., Cokato; 320-286-2159; cokatoseniorcare.com.  Cokato Apartments, 440 Second St. N.W., Cokato; 320-286-2758.

COSMOS  Cherrywood Apartments, 25 Neptune Ave. S., Cosmos; 320-864-5282.

GLENCOE  B e i h o f f e r Ap a r t ments, 715 Greeley Ave., Glencoe; 320-587-2483.  Glenhurst Apar tments, 515 Abby Lane, Glencoe; 320-864-4393.  Kestrel Park Townhomes, 2401 14th St. E., Glencoe; 952-442-2098.  Millie Beneke Manor, 1319 Greeley Ave. N., Glencoe; 320-864-5282; nationwidegrp.com/properties/ Millie-Beneke-Manor.  Morningside Apartments, 2505 11th St. E., Glencoe;  O r ch a rd E s t at e s / Glencoe Regional Health, 1900 Ford Ave. N., Glencoe; 320-864-7798; orchard-estates.org.  Panther Heights, 2905 14th St. E., Glencoe; 320-8643499; inhproperties.com/ property/panther-heights/.  Park Place Apartments, 2201 14th St. E., Glencoe; 320-587-2483.  Pryer Place Apartments, 1524 13th St. E., Glencoe.  Towns Edge Estates, 1710 Newton Ave. N., Glencoe; 320-864-6600; crownforrent.com.

GROVE CITY  South Grove Square, 200 South Ave., Grove City; 320-857-3019; grovecitymn. com/south-grove/.

HUTCHINSON DASSEL  Augustana Lakeside Apartments, 441 William Ave. E., Dassel; 320-2753308; lakesidecampus.org.

EDEN VALLEY  Edenbrook Apartments, 169 Hambroer St., Eden Valley; 320-587-2483.  Hillside Apartments, 349 Coleman Ave. E., Eden Valley; 320-252-2000..

 Century Court Townhomes, 705 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-2347243.  Clinton House Apartments, 550 Clinton Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-5875458.  Community of Lake Ridge, 1085 Dale St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-234-8360.  Country Club Manor Apartments, 765 School

Road N.W., Hutchinson; 320-587-8280; inhproperties. com/proper ty/countryclub-manor/.  Deer Creek Apartment Community, 309 North High Drive, Hutchinson; 320-587-7505; goldmark. com/minneapolis/deerpark/.  Everg reen Apar tments, 115 Jefferson St. S.E., Hutchinson; 800-6612501; bdcmgmt.com.  Green Castle Condominiums, 250 Freemont Ave. S.E., Hutchinson; 320587-4040.  H i g h f i e l d Ap a r t ments, 96 Denver Ave. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-250-4188; highfieldapartments.com.  Leona Apartments, 225 Echo Circle, Hutchinson; 320-587-2483.  North Place Apartments, 415 School Road N., Hutchinson; 320-587-2483.  Park Towers Apartments, 133 Third Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-587-2168; hutchinsonhra.com/parktowers/.  Prince of Peace Retirement Living, 301 Glen St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320234-7588; poprl.org.  Ridg edale Square Apartments, 715 Ridge Ave. N.E., Hutchinson; 320234-7334; crownforrent.com/ rental-properties/apartments/ridgedale-squarehutchinson-mn/.  South Place Apartments, 1220 Bradford St., Hutchinson; 320-587-2483.  T w i n O a k s Tow n Homes, 1035 Texas Ave. N.W., Hutchinson; 320-5877505.  Valley View Apartments, 215 Fourth Ave. N.E., Hutchinson; 320-5877610.  Village Cooperative of Hutchinson, 1300 Sherwood St. S.E., Hutchinson;

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LESTER PRAIRIE  Prairie Manor Apartments, 201 Elm St. N., Lester Prairie; 320-587-2483.

LITCHFIELD  Emmaus Place Senior Community, 200 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-2430; EcumenOfLitchfield.org.  Gloria Dei Senior Community, 218 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-6932430; EcumenOfLitchfield. org.  Groveland Estates/ Edgewood Townhomes, 901 E. Fifth St., Litchfield; 952-920-3890.  Lincoln Apartments, 122 Fourth St. W., Litchfield; 320-693-2104.

SILVER LAKE  Lakeside Manor Apartments, 127 Park Ave., Silver Lake; 320-327-2536.  Uptown Apartments, 301 Center St., Silver Lake; 507-625-5573; lloydmanagementinc.com.

WATKINS  St. Anthony Manor, 131 W. Church St., Watkins; 320-764-5600; smrrental.com.

WINSTED  Linden Wood Apartments, 215 Linden Ave. W., Winsted; 320-485-4303; stmaryscarecenter.org/independent_living.

A variety of assisted living arrangements are available in the area:  Residential care facility: These facilities provide supervision, meals and care

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LITCHFIELD

 Lakeview Ranch, 69531 213th St. Darwin; 320-275-4610; lakeviewranch.com.

 Bethany Assisted Living, 203 Armstrong Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-2430; ecumenoflitchfield.org.  Ecumen Memory Care, 203 Armstrong Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-2430; ecumenoflitchfield.org.  Meeker Manor, 600 Davis Ave. S., Litchfield; 320693-2472; monarchmn.com/ meeker-manor.

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for people who cannot be left alone but do not require skilled nursing. They provide assistance with bathing, grooming, eating and using the toilet.  Assisted living facility: These facilities are for people who are somewhat independent but require daily oversight and assistance with housekeeping, medication management and personal care. Meals are provided in a shared dining room. Staff can assist with care needs. Medical staff might be onsite or on call.  Intermediate care facility: These facilities provide around-the-clock care for those who require help with bathing, grooming, using the toilet and walking. People in these facilities cannot live independently and require nursing care, although 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 high levels of personal and medical care.

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ASSISTED LIVING & SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES

 Cedar Crest Estate, 130 Neptune St. N., Cosmos; 320877-9100; cedarcrestmn.com.

son; 320-587-7737; birchwoodmn.com  Ecumen Oaks and Pines, 945 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-484-9150; ecumenoaksandpines.org.  Harmony River Living Center, 1555 Sherwood St. SE, Hutchinson; 320-4846000; harmonyriverliving. org.  Prairie Senior Cottages, 1310 Bradford St. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-5875508; prairieseniorcottages. com.  Woodstone Senior Living Community, 1025 Dale St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-234-8917; woodstoneseniorliving.com.

Developed in 2012, Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson provides memory care, transitional care and longterm care.

 Shade Tree Retirement Center, 115 Fourth Ave. S., Brownton; 320-328-5949.

COKATO  Brookridge, 182 Sunset Ave. N.W., Cokato; 320-2862158; cokatoseniorcare.com.  Cokato Manor & Heri-

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tage Place Memory Care, 182 Sunset Ave. N.W., Cokato; 320-286-2158; cokatoseniorcare.com.

COSMOS

DASSEL  Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center and Apartments; 439 William Ave. E., Dassel; 320-275-3308; lakesidecampus.org.  Lakeview Ranch, 22851 State Highway 15, Dassel; 320275-5515; lakeviewranch.com.

SILVER LAKE EDEN VALLEY  Valley Country Care, 569 State St. N., Eden Valley; 866-584-7170.

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

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WATKINS

 Glencoe Re gional Health Long Term Care; 705 18th St., Glencoe; 320-8647790; grhsonline.org/seniorservices.  Grand Meadows, 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe; 320-8645577; grandmeadowsmn.com  Orchard Estates, 1900 Ford Ave. N., Glencoe; 320864-7798; orchard-estates.org.

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

HUTCHINSON  Birchwood House, 710 Park Island Drive, Hutchin-

WINSTED  Garden House, Saint Mary’s Care Center, 551 Fourth St. N., Winsted; 320485-2151; stmaryscarecenter. org/assisted_living.

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Pharmacists are accessible experts

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hen it comes to ma nagi ng you r health, your pharmacist is an important part of your healthcare team. When it comes to taking your medication, it’s important that you are following the four “Rs”: Taking the right dose of the right drug, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, you need to know as much as possible about your medications. Yo u r p h a r m a c i s t i s 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

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and herbal remedies purchased at health food or grocery stores, nutrition or smoothie shops. Your pharmacist can identify potential drug interactions.  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. Or ask questions such as: What will the medicine do? How many times a day do I take it? How much do I take at one time? How long do I take the medi-

cine? How do I take it (with water, on an empty stomach and so on)? What are the side effects? How do I store the medication?

PHARMACIES COKATO  Keaveny Drug, 205 Broadway Ave. S., Cokato; 320-286-2380; nucara.com/ keaveny-drug.

GLENCOE  Coborn’s Pharmacy, 2211 11th St. E., Glencoe; 320-864-5192; coborns.com/ pharmacy.

HUTCHINSON  Cash Wise Pharmacy, 1020 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-587-8070; cashwise.com/pharmacy.  Target (CVS) Pharmacy, 1370 State Highway 15

S., Hutchinson; 320-587-7113; target.com.  Thrifty White Pharmacy, 1460 Montreal St. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-587-2509; thriftywhite.com.  Walmart Pharmacy, 1300 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-587-1020; walmart.com.

LITCHFIELD  Econofoods Pharmacy, 951 Frontage Road E., Litchfield; 320-693-3261; econofoods.com/departments/pharmacy;  Walmart Phar macy, 2301 Frontage Road E., Litchfield; 320-693-1022; walmart.com

WINSTED  Keaveny Drug, 150 Main Ave. W., Winsted; 320485-2555; keavenydrug.com/ winsted.html.

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RETIREMENT

Don’t play politics with your portfolio

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ou’re probably aware this is an election ye a r. D u r i n g t he next several months, the candidates will discuss issues that should greatly interest you as a citizen. But as an investor, how concerned should you be with the results of the presidential and congressional elections? Maybe not as much as you might think. At different times, the financial markets have performed well and poorly under different ad mi ni st ration s and when different parties have controlled Congress. And after all the votes are counted, outcomes in the investment markets can be unpredictable. Conse-

quently, you’ll be helping you rsel f g reat ly by not making big moves in your portfolio in anticipation of new legislation or political moves down the line. Overall, though, your investment results will ultimately depend on actions you can take, including these:  Making changes for the right reasons: While the results of an election may not be a good reason to make changes in your investment portfolio, other factors can certainly lead you to take steps in this direction. For one thing, as you get closer to retirement, you may want to shift some — though certainly not all — of your investment dollars

from more growth-oriented vehicles to more conservative ones. Conversely, if you decide, well in advance, that you might want to retire earlier than you originally thought, you may need to invest more aggressively, being aware of the increased risk involved.  Following a longterm strategy: In pretty much all walks of life, there are no shortcuts to success — and the same is true with investing. You need the patience and perseverance to keep investing in all markets — up, down and sideways.  Avoiding mistakes: Many people think of an investment mistake as failing to “get in on the ground

floor” of some company that ultimately grew to huge proportions. But it’s pretty hard to become an early investor in companies like these, many of which start out as privately held businesses without any stockholders. Another mistake: failing to diversify your portfolio. If you only own one type of asset, you could take a big hit during a market downturn. Spreading your dollars over a range of investments can help lower your risk exposure. After Election Day, regardless of the outcome, you can help keep your portfolio on track by not playing politics with it. — This article was written by Edward Jones.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisers cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax adviser regarding your situation.

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SENIOR DINING

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Five teams of drivers deliver Hot Meals on Wheels in Hutchinson. Noon meals are available Monday-Friday within Hutchinson city limits. Pictured are Meals on Wheels volunteers Bev Wangerin and Robb Totushek.

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utheran Social Service Senior Nutrition prog ra ms offer a warm meal, time to socialize, an opportunity to see friends and make new ones. T he socia l ser vices a genc y m a n a ge s m a ny s e n ior d i n i n g sit e s i n McLeod and Meeker counties. The sites are open to people age 60 or older and their guests on a donation basis and anyone at full price. Reservations usually must be made by noon the day before. Lut hera n Socia l Service also provides homedelivered meals for adults age 60 or older who are home-bound and unable to prepare their own meals.

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Mea ls are ty pica l ly de livered Monday-F riday. However frozen meals are available for weekends, holidays and other closure days.

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kato; 612-834-5081; meals are served at noon Monday through Friday.  C o k at o H o m e - D e livered Meals are provided by Cokato Charitable Trust, 182 Sunset Ave. N.W., Cokato; 320-286-2158. Healthy and wholesome meals are home-delivered seven days a week.

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 B r ow n t o n S e n i o r Dining, 310 Second Ave. N. , B row n t o n ; 3 2 0 - 3 2 8 4181; meals are served a t 1 1 : 2 0 a . m . T u e s d ay, Wednesday, Thursday.

 Cosmos Home-Delivered Meals are provided by Lutheran Social Service through Mugshots, 100 Astro Blvd. E., Cosmos: 320-877-7525.

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DASSEL

 Cokato Senior Dining: Cokato Apartments I, 440 Second St. N., Co-

 Dassel Senior Dining: Lakeside Health Care, 439 William Ave. E., Das-

sel; 320-275-3308; meals are served at noon Monday through Friday. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

EDEN VALLEY  E d e n Va l l e y S e nior Dining: Eden Valley Civic Center, 171 Cossairt Ave., Eden Valley; 320-4538375; meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lutheran Social Service provides homedelivered meals.

GLENCOE  Glencoe Senior Citizens: Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E., Glencoe; 320-864-3650; older adults meet at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

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SENIOR DINING Lunch is served at 2 p.m.  Glencoe Senior Dining: Millie Beneke Manor, 1319 Greeley Ave. N., Glencoe; 320-864-5728; meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

GROVE CITY  Grove City Senior D i n i n g : S o u t h G r o ve Square, 200 South Ave., Grove City; 320-857-2274; meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Home-delivered meals also are available.

HUTCHINSON  Hutchinson Hot M e a l s o n W h e e l s : To receive meals: Call the Hutchinson Area Hot Meals on Wheels line at 320-484-4570. If it is answered by voicemail, leave

a name and telephone number and your call will be returned. Meals are provided by Hutchinson Health. Noon meals are delivered Monday-Friday.  Senior Dining: LSS Noon Meals are served at Everg reen Apartments, 1 1 5 Je f f e r s o n S t . S . E . , Hutchinson; 320-587-6029; gather from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bingo is from 10 to 11 a.m., meals at 11:15 a.m. Call by 6 a.m. the day before to make a reservation. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.  Senior Dining: LSS Noon Meals are served at Park Towers, 133 Third Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; 320587-2559; meals are served at noon Monday- Friday. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

LITCHFIELD  Litchfield Meals on Wheels are provided by provided by Ecumen. Noon meals are delivered daily; 320-373-6624.  L i t ch f i e l d S e n i o r Dining: LSS Noon Meals are served at the Litchfield Civic Arena, 900 Gilman Ave. N., Litchfield; 320-693-6318; activities at 1 0 : 4 5 a . m . , l u n ch at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Center, 551 Prior St., Stewart; 320-562-2730; meals are served at 11:15 a.m. Monday-Friday.

WATKINS  Watkins Senior Dining: St. Anthony Manor Apartments, 131 Church St., Watkins; 320-764-5615; meals at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, with activities. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

SILVER LAKE  Silver Lake Senior Dining: Silver Lake Auditorium, 308 Main St. W., Silver Lake; 320-327-2621; meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

STEWART  Stewart Senior Dining: Stewart Community

WINSTED  Winsted Senior D i n i n g : L i n d e n Wo o d Apartments, 215 Linden Ave. W., Winsted; 320-4854303; meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Seniors meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays for bingo. Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered meals.

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ccording to AAA, s en ior s a r e s a fe drivers compared to other age g roups be cause they often reduce the risk of injury by wearing seat belts, observing speed limits and not drinking and driving. H o w e v e r, t h e r e a r e changes that happen to a person’s body that can affect driving skills over time, according to the National Institute on Aging. A s p e ople a ge, t hei r joints may get stiff, their muscles can weaken, and their eyesight can diminish. T hei r hea ri ng c a n ch a nge, too, m a ki ng it harder to hear horns, sirens, or noises from their own car. These changes can slow how quickly people react while driving. A A R P Sa fe Driver classes often are offered through senior centers, churches and community education. These refresher courses are for people 50 or older. People can get a discount on their auto insurance by completing the courses. People age differently. So, there is no way to set one age when everyone should stop driving. To help you decide if it’s time to stop driving, ask yourself:  Do other drivers often honk at me? Have I had some accidents, even if they are only fender benders?  Do I get lost, even on roads I know?  Do cars or people walking seem to appear out of nowhere?  Have family or friends

said they are worried about my driving? If you answered yes to any of t hese questions, it might be time to think about whether you are a safe driver. L oc a l t ra nspor t ation services in the area provide options, whether it’s for shopping, medical app oi nt ment s , chu r ch or other reasons. Each one operates differently as far as payment, routes, fares, and service area.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES  ACC Midwest Transpor tation: 115 Erie St. S.E., Hutchinson; 320-4559 2 0 0 ; a c c m i dwe s t . c o m . It serves a nine-county area, including Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Sibley and Wright.  Central Community Transit: 812 Ripley St. E., Litchfield; 320-693-7794; cctbus.org. It serves Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties.  Trailblazer Transit: 207 11th St. W., Glencoe; 320-864-1000 or 888-743-3828; trailblazertransit.com. It serves McLeod, Sibley and Wright counties.  Veteran service offices also offer transportation services: McLeod County Veterans Service: 320-864-1268. Meeker County Veterans Service: 320693-5445. To le a r n more about senior driving, visit AARP Driver Safety at aarp.org/ auto/driver-safety; seniordriving.aaa.com or the National Institute on Aging at nia.nih.gov.

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MINNESOTA SENIOR CORPS Senior Corps taps the skills, talents and experience of more than 200,000 Americans age 55 or older to meet a range of community challenges through three programs:

FOSTER GRANDPARENTS This program provide one - on- one attention to children most at risk in schools. Volunteers help children improve reading and math skills, behavior, and their well-being by providing consistent support and encouragement.  In McLeod County, call Gail Sumerfelt at 507530-2295 or email gail.sumerfelt@lssmn.org.  In Meeker County, call Janel Heinen at 320241-5173 or email janel. heinen@lssmn.org.

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Volunteers are welcome at many nonprofit agencies and arts organizations. To

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