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 P.M.at 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


Meet and Greet Supt. Bente

Come to Buckham West for a Meet and Greet with our new Faribault Public Schools Superintendent, Jamie Bente. On Wednesday, February 22nd Superintendent Bente will be visiting in the coffee shop from 9am to 10am. Then from 10am to 11am he will be in the conference room sharing information about Faribault Public Schools and about his work as the superintendent. This program is open to the public and no pre-registration is needed.


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.


Estate and Will Advice

Buckham West will be sponsoring an Estate and Will Advice Clinic on Wednesday, March 8 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  For this clinic, Ms. Jessica Hafemeyer, Attorney at Law, will be available to provide senior citizens with information and direction in the area of wills and other estate planning issues.  No wills will be prepared at this clinic. Appointments are required by calling 332-7357. You do not need to be a Buckham West member to access this free service.


Stay in touch

If you would like to keep receiving our e-newsletter, we are now asking for all current members to please renew their membership for 2023. If you aren’t sure that your membership is up-to-date, please stop in and we will check into it.  Dues for 2023 are $40 per person.


Nice to Know        

  • 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. Call us at 332-7357 with your questions or to sign up.
  • Lion’s Recycling pick up today, Feb. 15 from 9:30-11am.


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!