Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
February 2017
History:  hist(ə)rē --  The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

February is Black History Month. Many of us have limited knowledge of our country's history from an African-American perspective. An example is the award winning movie  Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) a nd Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big .

Let's celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the amazing contributions African-Americans have made and continue to make. Please check out a short list of books written by African-American authors under our Resource Corner and learn a little bit more of America's history. Thank you!

The EVA Team

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
41st Annual Valentine Luncheon 
Senior Appreciation Valentine Luncheon 
Thursday, February 16, 11:30 am
Please join us for the 41st Annual  Senior Appreciation Valentine Luncheon. 
It's a chance for all of us at East Side to  t hank our 55+ year old neighbors for their contributions to this  amazing community.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at East Side. The c ost is $4.00.  
Evidence  Based Classes
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
New Start Date!  Tuesdays, February 7 - March 28,  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. New class will start on February 27 and will run through May 15. 
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. 
Upcoming Events
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
AARP Tax Assistance
January 21 - April 15
Monday Afternoons and Wednesday Evenings by Appointment 
Assists people who are 55+ and/or who are disabled, by appointment only.  Income guidelines are $35,000 or less for individuals, $55,000 or less for families or those who are self-employed. Please call (612) 781-6011 to make an appointment.
Aging with Gusto: A New Perspective on Aging
Thursday, March 23, 10:00 am-2:30 pm  
East Side Neighborhood Services will be hosting an Aging with Gusto Session in the Senior Dining space. Aging with Gusto works to ignite a more positive view of aging. Join us for the engaging conversation. For more information on how to register, please contact Erin at 612-787-4102 or email Register online here.

Presented by the Vital Aging Network and sponsored by East Side Neighborhood. 
Weekdays with EVA
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. 

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
Are you looking for a way to engage and serve others?
Adult Day at Friendship Center is looking for a volunteer to
serve snacks and meals and support kitchen cleanup (10:30am - 1pm) M-F.  Orientation and training provided.  Join our team in delivering  quality service to the older adults of our community.
Please contact Linnea to learn more. 612-787-4045. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older 
Live-Streaming Lecture: Monday, February 13th 4:00 pm 
Join us for a live-streamed presentation by Atul Gawande  MD, MPH, best selling author of  Being Mortal  on the importance of community and the many opportunities inherent in aging.  The live streaming lecture will be held at St. Anthony Main Theater. A reception will follow at Pracna on Main. The event is free but space is limited and advance reservations are required. Click here to register  or email Click here to send email for more information . Questions? Call Mill City Commons: 612-455-3329.

Presented by Beacon Hill Village of Boston and Mill City Commons of Minneapolis with support from the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. 
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm 
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:
  • Thursday, February 16th from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony. 
  • Monday, February 20th from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE 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 , February 21, at the Sheridan Clinic (342 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.
Resource Corner
Black History Month Book Recommendations
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred Taylor 
I know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou 
I Wonder as I Wander - Langston Hughes
Souls of Black Folks - W.E.B. Du Bois
Before the Mayflower - Lerone Bennett 
Home Safety
Have your home assessed to ensure safety for no cost! This service is provided by the HOME (Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly) This program is for seniors age 60 years and older. For more information for this service, please call 1-952-746-4046 or email 
Northeast Senior Services New Location 
Northeast Senior Services have moved! Thier new address is 900 42nd Ave NE #317, Columbia Heights, MN 55421. To contact them by phone, call 612-781-5096. 
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Contact Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 or online at for more information. 

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1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413