Tomorrow, February 23rd beginning at 1:30pm we are honored once more to be hosting Dr. Brian Libby, retired European History instructor from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School.  During this visit he will present on the Russian-Japanese War of 1905 and the peace conference which was organized by President Theodore Roosevelt. It was this conference that prompted President Roosevelt to be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

About the presenter: Dr. Brian Libby was born in Maine, educated at Johns Hopkins and Purdue University, and taught European History at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1978-2016.  His main fields of expertise and interest are European military and diplomatic history, and modern Germany. He has self-published five novels.

This class is free to Buckham West members, with a minimal cost of $3 to non-members. No pre-registration is necessary.


We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers

Is there someone in your life that might need to modify their driving habits or even hang up the keys altogether? Sponsored by AARP Driver Safety, this seminar guides families in determining when it’s time for their loved ones to make this change and provides help in finding the right words when you do have the need to talk with them.

The seminar, presented by Frank Daly, offers practical tips and advice on three main topics:

  1. The Meaning of Driving – Find out what driving means to older adults and the emotions they may face when having to give it up.
  2. Observing Driving Skills – Learn to observe your loved one’s driving skills objectively and talk about alternatives to driving.
  3. Planning Conversations – Discover how to have “the talk” while encouraging independence. It’s a difficult conversation to initiate, but with the right tools, you can really make a difference in the life of an older adult.

This program is open to the public & free of charge and will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00 Buckham West. Please pre-register by calling Buckham West 507-332-7357.


Healthcare Fraud

Don’t be a target of healthcare fraud! Fraud against older adults is a growing problem, but you can protect yourself from becoming a victim.  On Wednesday, March 22nd beginning at 1:30pm, Cea Grass, a Senior Linkage Line Specialist will be at Buckham West to share ways to identify and avoid fraud. You will also learn about other help and services that are available for older adults and their families. Joining Ms. Grass will be Detective Matt Shuda, from the Faribault Police Department. This program is free and open to the public, no preregistration needed.


Chair Yoga

Have you ever wanted to try Chair Yoga? This type of yoga, soon to be offered at Buckham West, is an excellent class for seniors and those new to the activity.  It consists of breathing exercises, balancing and additional traditional yoga poses. This class will be held in the Buckham West fitness studio, with registration held through Faribault’s Park and Rec Department. Registration can be done by stopping in to their office or calling them at 334-2064. The class is offered for four Wednesdays, April 5-26 at 9:15 a.m. with another series of four Wednesdays to begin on May 3


Coffee Shop Concert

Frank Daly was raised in the Northfield area and now lives in Webster, MN. He’s played guitar since the age of 10 and his background in music includes having performed with his family band, The Bridgewater Ramblers.  He plays acoustically, sharing songs that tell a story. Join us on Wednesday, March 1st from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. when we welcome Frank to Buckham West for a morning of music.  This free concert is open to the public, no pre-registration needed. Questions?  Call Buckham West at 507-332-7357


Book Club Launch

The Buckham West book club will now be meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m. The first meeting will be held on Monday, February 27th when we will be discussing the book “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” by Bob Greene.  Interested persons should call Buckham West and ask for Brenda for further information.


Nice to Know        

  • Today, February 22, Faribault School’s Superintendent Bente will be visiting in the coffee shop from 9am to 10am followed by a short program in the Anderson Room.
  • Aging Eyes Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Buckham West from 10-11:00am.
  • On the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., you are invited to gather with other caregivers for a time of learning, sharing, and friendly discussion.


Invitation from the Board of Directors:

In order to recognize the time and work that Mona has given us in the last 20 years, we would like to invite the community to a retirement celebration in her honor. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 28th from 9-11am and again from 4-6pm.  Come for morning coffee or afternoon snacks and help us recognize Mona’s time at Buckham West!