Pumpkins are in prime time in the fall and this wooden pumpkin will last from year to year. Joy Zimmerman will be the class instructor. Look forward to seeing the special embellishments she adds to this design and the interesting items she uses for the stem of the pumpkin.  Finished sample is available to view at Buckham West. Preregister so that material can be prepared; $6.00 fee includes all supplies except glue. (Bring your own glue or glue it at home.) Class will be held on Wed, September 28th at 1:30 p.m.


Great Courses Fall Session

Beginning tomorrow, September 15th at 1:30 p.m., Buckham West will launch another Great Courses presentation titled “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World”. Great Courses is a series of college-level courses covering a wide range of topics. This program is presented by experts in the field and will be facilitated locally by Bob Irby.

In “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World” try to imagine you’re a Greek soldier marching into battle in the front row of a phalanx. Or an Egyptian woman putting on makeup before attending an evening party with your husband. Welcome to the other side of history, the 99% of ordinary people whose names don’t make it into the history books—but whose lives are no less fascinating than the great leaders whose names we all know.

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars to experience the texture of daily life in these civilizations. You’ll be delighted by the ways you’ll identify and empathize with people from another world.

This program will be a video viewing and discussion format held for 6 sessions. Please note that there will be no class on Sept 29th. Pre-register by calling 332-7357; free for Buckham West members, $3.00 for non-members


Senior Solutions

Buckham West has partnered with Holly from Westbrack Marketing to provide a new service for Faribault’s older adults called Senior Solutions. Twice a month, Holly will be available by appointment to assist with your technology questions.

Some of those questions that you may have may include: Facebook, email, purchasing tickets online, issues related to your cell phone and more.  Please note that questions on connecting printers or anything that would involve a home visit will not be addressed.

In order to access this service, please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to make an appointment.   You will be scheduled for a one-half hour slot and there is a $20 fee which will be payable directly to Holly at the start of your visit. Please call for dates and times of when she will be here.


Aging Eyes Support Group

In response to recent classes offered by Buckham West on vision loss, we now are hosting a support group twice a month for those individuals who are searching for assistance in dealing with their vision concerns. Vision loss due to conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other age-related eye conditions can be a frustrating and difficult part of aging.

People attending the group can expect to participate in helpful conversations with others living with a similar condition, discover resources available locally, and expand their circle of friends while learning and sharing strategies for daily living.

The group will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Buckham West. This free program is open to the public and we ask that you call to sign up. Drop in are also welcome.

The group’s leader, Betsy Shallbetter, is retired from teaching at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind in Faribault and is a volunteer with the Aging Eyes Initiative.  Vision-impaired herself, she hopes to provide reassurance to those who live with vision loss and to help them simplify and improve their quality of life


New Member Incentive

As an incentive to add new members for the remainder of 2022, we are kicking off a special Membership Drive beginning September 1st.  If you are 50 years or older, we would like to invite you to become a member for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023 for only $45. Next year’s individual’s dues are $40 per year, so for just $5 more you can join for the last 4 months of 2022 and all of 2023. Look at this as a way to support this important non-profit and save yourself some money.

If you are already a Buckham West member, your annual renewal process will begin in November for the 2023 membership year.


Medicare 101

If you are turning 65 or going on Medicare soon, here is an opportunity for you to get the information you need. “Medicare 101” will be held at Buckham West on Tuesday, September 27th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (please note corrected time)

The workshop will cover the parts of Medicare- hospital, medical and drug options; including original/ traditional Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare advantage plans, Part D prescription drug coverage and preventive benefits.

The class instructor will be a certified State Health Insurance Program Counselor and specialist with the Senior LinkAge Line®. This is a free event which is open to the public. There is a minimum of 10 participants for this class to be held, so sign up is necessary by calling 332-7357.