Tricounty News

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.


Classes for people managing health conditions

A series of free classes designed for people who are learning to self-manage an ongoing health condition.

Scheduled Tuesdays from 2-4:30 p.m. at Hilltop Health Care Center. You must sign up by calling Hilltop at (320) 764-2300 prior to class to register.

Classes run July 15, 22, 29,
Aug. 5, 12, and 19 of 2014.


July 23: Blood Drive at Watkins

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Watkins Village Hall from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may at, or by calling (320) 764-7251 or (320) 764-9163.


July 11: Beyond brain games

Brain health as you age

Challenging your brain keeps it sharp as you age. Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Whitney Senior Center to learn how to maintain peak brain function as you age, and how to ward off stroke – the fourth leading cause of death nationwide. Melissa Freese, RN, stroke care specialist will discuss brain games, from your daily crosswords to the new Luminosity craze, to strengthen your brain. Free. No registration needed. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center. For more information, please call (320) 255-7245.