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Spring Fling: ‘Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?’ theme of annual gathering for seniors

WORTHINGTON — This year’s Spring Fling event for senior citizens will feature a program designed to initiate conversations between adult relatives about when a family member dies. 

The educational day, sponsored by the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee, will begin with coffee and donuts at 8 a.m. Wednesday and include a broasted chicken lunch and entertainment, all at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave. Three speakers will inform attendees about issues that arise when a family member dies.

The keynote speaker, Sara Croymans from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, will present a program called “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” that helps relatives find resources for inheritance issues.

“She talks about passing on family heirlooms and how people start that process of considering the next generation,” said Joanne Bartosh, Nobles County coordinator of A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota. This will be Croyman’s first time speaking in Worthington.

“It’s important for people to know your wishes and how the older generation wants things distributed,” Bartosh said.

Dr. Heather Bajema from Southwestern Mental Health Center will discuss how to cope with changes when an older relative dies.

“She will talk about how people deal with a loss and how to handle it and how to come out of it in a healthy way,” Bartosh said.

Erica Berger, a social worker from Sanford Worthington, will also speak at the event to inform older relatives of how to communicate their wishes to their families after they are deceased.

“She will help them ask questions like, ‘Who do we want speaking for us (after we pass away)?’ and, ‘How do you go about getting this stuff accomplished?’” Bartosh explained.

Nobles County Sheriff Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick will also present on the Project Lifesaver program that was begun in February.

Project Lifesaver helps police officers locate adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and other related conditions, Bartosh said.

The afternoon will conclude with a magic show by Magic Mike.

“We start with heavy topics, and he’s the fun part of the day to get people laughing,” Bartosh said. “It will kind of have a party atmosphere.”

She added that local service providers will have booths at the event to answer questions.

Members of the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee have been planning the Spring Fling since December.

“We always enjoy putting it on,” Bartosh said. “We hope people will come and enjoy the day and come out with some knowledge that they didn’t have before.”

To register for the Spring Fling or for more information, call the Worthington District 518 Community Education, 376-6105.

Alex Chhith

Alex Chhith joined the Worthington Daily Globe in Janurary 2016 after graduating from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with duel bachelor degrees in Professional Journalism and Political Science and with a minor in Spanish Studies. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native interned for a couple of news publications located in St. Paul and in her hometown during her undergraduate career. She also studied abroad in Toledo, Spain last year -- though her Spanish is a little rusty at the moment. At the Globe she covers primarily the City and Education beat, but has most recently also covered the Crime and Courts beat. On the weekends, Alex likes to relax and catch up with her friends or with her favorite television shows. Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Lord of the Rings are her go-to films to watch.