Tricounty News

Family and friends support group for eating disorders

At St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic

In the United States, nearly 30 million women and men of all ages, race and backgrounds suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, at some point in their lives. An eating disorder affects the entire family.

To help, the St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:30-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Leonard, Street & Deinard room. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 7, Sept. 4, and Oct. 2. Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support to friends and family through education and sharing with others who also have a loved one with an eating disorder. Each month a different topic will be explored. Attendees will take away tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say.

This group is intended for family members and friends of a person with an eating disorder and is NOT appropriate for people who currently struggle with an eating disorder. There is no cost to attend. For details, please (320) 229-4918 and ask for Bette Bakke, Lauren Forest or Barbara Carver.

Aug. 19: Eden Valley Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be in Eden Valley from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Be sure a blood donation with the Red Cross is on your summer to do list. Make your donation appointment today by calling Bonnie at (320) 282-1468.

Call the American Red Cross at (866) 236-3276, Select Option #3 if you have questions regarding health, travel, medications, etc.

Drink plenty of fluid and eat good meals before donating to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.

Remember your identification – it is required to donate.


Feeling stretched as a caregiver?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced class leaders will conduct the series: Mike Lamb is a Caregiver Consultant who has worked with Caregivers in nursing homes and hospital settings for many years. Lindsey Sand, has been a Caregiver Consultant for many years, she has taught the Powerful Tools class numerous times and knows the impact this class has on caregivers.

Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A donation of $35 to help defray the cost of materials is suggested, but not required to attend the class.

Classes will be held at Assumption Court Party Room, Door C, at 615 First Street North, Cold Spring, MN 56320.

Time will be 1:30-4 p.m. Sessions are held every Thursday for
6 weeks. They begin Thursday, Aug. 7. For more information, or to register, contact Mike Lamb at (320) 348-2322, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Class size is limited and pre-
registration is required by July 26.

Blood Drive in Watkins July 23

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Watkins City Hall. Callers are scheduling appointments from the list received from the Red Cross. Double red machines will be available.

During the summer, blood donations often decline because of people vacationing or working late hours, but the need for blood remains constant. New donors are always needed, so encourage someone to come with you. If unsure about your eligibility, donor health representatives at (800) 733-2767, can answer any questions you have about travel, medications or health conditions that may affect your ability to donate.

Donors, now is the time to start eating iron-rich foods. Before the event, get a good night’s rest, eat a good breakfast and lunch, drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate, and avoid caffeinated beverages.

Appointments can be made at, or by calling 764-9152 or 764-9163. Many of our donors no longer have a land line so please schedule an appointment on line or by calling.

Bring a photo ID or Donor Card with you when you come. Please take the time to save a life by donating blood. All types are needed.

Wife learns about dementia firsthand

“I began noticing something wasn’t right in 2006,” said 67-year-old Linda Buytendorp of Crawfordville, Fla., “but I was in denial and so was my husband. I told him he needed to see a doctor, but he said nothing was wrong and if I kept it up he was going to walk out and never come back.”

What the Buytendorps were denying was husband Frans’ out-of-character problems with confusion and memory. Before his retirement, Frans had been the regional president of a chemical company with 14 plants stretching from Boston to Miami. By 2006, he was having trouble understanding his bank statements.