Tricounty News

Presentation on dementia June 12

Judy Berry and Lakeview Ranch/Dementia Care Foundation have invited Teepa Snow, national trainer and dementia education specialist to provide two presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Dassel History Center. Suggested donation of $20.

For more information, contact Wendy at Lakeview Ranch (320) 275-5517. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see one of the leaders in dementia education, Teepa’s presentations are valuable for professionals, caregivers and those with dementia.

Support group for eating disorders

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. There will be no support group in July. Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support through education and sharing to friends and family of individuals with eating disorders. Participants will learn tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say.

Each month different topics will be explored. This month’s session will highlight the Minnesota Semistarvation Experiment, which found that individuals with eating disorders have thoughts and behaviors similar to those of men who experienced semi-starvation.

There is no cost to attend. For more information, please call Bette Bakke, PhD, LP, at (320) 229-4918.

Allina Health establishes Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Allina Health announced today that the cancer program at Buffalo Hospital has received Virginia Piper Cancer Institute designation and has a new name: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Buffalo.

“This designation validates the excellent cancer care we provide at Buffalo Hospital. Our team treats patients with the same quality and standards as other Virginia Piper Cancer Institute locations, with the benefit of being right here in our own community. We couldn’t be more proud,” said Corinne Jordan, MD, Specialists in General Surgery, surgeon at Buffalo Hospital and medical advisor at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.


Celiac disease and eating gluten-free

Live a happy, healthy, gluten-free life by learning from gastroenterologist Paul Dorsher, MD, CentraCare Digestive Center, about the possible signs of celiac disease such as gas, bloating and abdominal pain from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the Hughes, Mathews Room at CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid the long-term effects of celiac disease. Free. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center and CentraCare Digestive Center. For more information or to register, call (320) 229-5139.


Watch out for ticks!

Tick season has arrived! Now that the weather is warming up, it is important to keep a watchful eye out for ticks. Ticks can be found lurking in hardwood forests as well as in tall grasses. The two most common ticks in central Minnesota are the Blacklegged tick (formerly known as the deer tick) and American Dog tick (also known as the wood tick). To reduce contact with ticks, it is important to keep grasses at bay, keeping them mowed short around the homes and in areas where people commonly walk. It is important to clear away brush and fallen leaves near homes along with keeping grasses short. Place lawn furniture and play structures in sunny areas of the yard. Bird feeders and wood piles attract tick-carrying mice so keep them far from the house.