Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
Greetings Community Members, 
Join us Saturday, December 10 from 6:0 0 -7:45 pm to view the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Lions Park on 37th Ave NE. We're bringing the community together for a night of holiday lights, entertainment and family fun. The Holiday Train is free and open to the community. Enjoy a night of live musical entertainment, kid's activities and refreshments.  Support the food shelves at East Side Neighborhood Services by 
bringing a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation.  Free parking and shuttle av ailable at St. Anthony City Offices and Community Center.

The EVA team is busy planning for a Healthy and Happy New Year. Please read on for dates and details on activities, classes and more.   

Happy Holidays! 

Linnea Tweed
Senior Navigator, Empowering Vital Aging  
*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
Activities at East Side

Friendship Too: A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, January 10-February 14, 3:00-4:30 pm 
East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting a Caregiver Support Group at  Adult Day at Friendship Center,  1717 2nd Street NE (across the street from ESNS)  for anyone serving as a Care Partner for a loved one. The Care Receiver is invited to participate in the Adult Day program while their Care Partner attends the 90 minute support group.  For more information and to register, please contact Donna at 612-781-2052 or
Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Tuesdays, January 24 - March 14,   1:30-3:30pm
Don't let fear rule your life! Join us for this award winning program. In A Matter of Balance, you will learn how to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. This eight week workshop includes group discussion and exercise. 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Wednesdays, February 8 - March 15, 12:00-2:30pm. 
Gain skills to live a healthier life! 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop  covers many topics including  healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions.  You will learn to se t goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.  This self-management workshop meets Wednesday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. This class  will be held at the Skyway Senior Center located at 950 Nicollet Mall #290, Mpls 55403. 
This program was designed by the  Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays,  through February 13,  1:30-2:30pm 
This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons for 12-weeks. No class on December 26, January 2 and January 16.
Classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services  (1700 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413) unless otherwise noted.  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints.  To register, call  612-787-4045 or email the Empowering Vital Aging 

EVA's evidence-based classes are funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act. 
Tuesdays with EVA
Join us at ESNS on Tuesdays for  Empowering  Vital  Aging Activities!

EVA Educational Opportunities

Personal and Home Safety
Tuesday, December 13, 10:00-11:00am
Join us for this Personal and Home Safety Presentation by Officer Nicholas J. Juarez. He will discuss how to be aware of your surroundings, know the threats in your neighborhood, home safety, and securing your doors and windows.

EVA Fitness Opportunities

Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Drop by for East Side's Vital Fitness group! The group meets weekly for a variety of exercises that improve balance, strength, and coordination. There is no cost to participate. Contact Gloria with any questions at 612-787-4076. 
EVA Social Opportunities

Senior Dining 
Monday-Friday, 12:00-12:30pm
Join friends for a warm, nutritious meal hosted by Volunteers of America. For Seniors 60+, the suggested donation per meal is $4.00. Please make your reservation three days in advance by calling Dawn at 612-787-4093.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Empower peers to learn new skills, improve well-being and live vitally!
We're looking for volunteers to become class leaders for our evidence-based health and wellness class, Living Well with Chronic Conditions. A commitment to attend a four day leader training in January and facilitate at least two workshops in 2017 is required. Contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or for more details. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
Free Health Insurance Counseling
Feeling puzzled? Are you making a change in your life? Retiring? Moving out-of-state? Have questions about the different types of health insurance plans available through Medicare? Counseling is provided by state-certified Health Insurance Counseling staff or volunteers. 
  • Tuesday, December 6, 10:00, 11:00am or 12:00noon at The Legacy, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony Village
  Call NE Seniors for an appointment  612-781-5096
Health insurance counseling services are also available by calling the Senior LinkAge LineĀ® at 1-800-333-2433 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Deaf or hard-of-hearing clients may call the Minnesota Relay at 1-800-627-3529 and ask for the Senior LinkAge LineĀ® number.
This program is brought to you by Northeast Senior Services and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.
Real Estate Legal Clinic for Seniors 60+
December 7,  10:00 am
Autumn Woods, 2560 Kenzie Terrace, St Anthony
Free individual meetings for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents to discuss issues related to real estate, including leases, deeds and liens with an attorney. 
Call NE Seniors at 612-781-5096 for an appointment.  
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Come for a walk on the smooth and climate controlled indoor track at Bottineau Park (2000 2nd ST NE, Minneapolis).  After your walk, catch up with the news and have a cup of coffee. Donations are appreciated. 

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
Foot Clinics
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care.  Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursdays, December 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace 
  • Mondays, December 19 from 1:00 - 2:30 at The United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE Mpls.  
Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Join Neighborhood Health Source for mammograms, breast health education, and food. Most insurance accepted. If you don't have insurance, MDH Sage covers costs for eligible women. 
The next monthly mammogram event is Tuesday , December 13, at the Central Clinic (2301 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN).  To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.
Funded by Susan J. Komen Minnesota and Park Nicollet Health Services. 
Diabetes Prevention
Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes with the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) lifestyle change intervention offered by Neighborhood HealthSource clinics. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
Neighborhood HealthSource delivers the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program meets at Fremont, Sheridan, and Central Clinics at various mornings, afternoon, and evening hours throughout the week and costs nothing to participants.
To learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, call (612) 287-2447.
Nutritious Meals Delivered
Eastside Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound persons living in NE and SE Minneapolis, and St. Anthony Village.  Contact Eastside Meals on Wheels at 612-277-2529 or via email at to register.

National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016
December 4 - 10, 2016 

It's not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu shot if you have not been vaccinated. Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the HealthMap Vaccine Finder ( ).
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 o
online at 

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