Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Project EVA

In This Issue
February 2018

Dear Community Member,

February is Black History Month -- a time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African American individuals, as well as their struggles for freedom and equality in the United States.  To honor Black History Month,  Hennepin County libraries have scheduled a variety of public  programs, displays, and activities at various locations along with online recommended book lists. In addition, you'll find permanent exhibits at several libraries where you can learn about the rich history of African Americans. Please c heck out this link to learn m ore! 

Join us February 15 for East Side's 42nd annual Appreciation Luncheon: Celebrate Vital Aging! We're expecting 250 attendees -- tickets often sell out, so purchase them today! Details under ESNS Community Events below. Hope to see you there!

The Project EVA Team
Health & Wellness Classes
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Thursdays, March 15 through May 3, 1:00-3:00p m
Don't let fear rule your life! Join us for this awar d 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.  
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Wednesdays, Now through April 4, 10:30-11:30am
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 mornings for 12-weeks. 
To register, call  612-787-4045 or email 
Classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services  (1700 Second St NE, Mpls. 55413) unless otherwise noted.  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. 
Evidence Based health and wellness workshops/classes are sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency of Aging (MAAA) in the 7 county metro area
ESNS Community Events
Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 am start 
Join us for the biggest snowshoe race in Minnesota! Awar ds and certificates are given to the top 3 men and women finishers in each of 7 age categories. The race will be officially timed. 
Not that serious? This event is fun for people of all ages and all abilities.  All proceeds benefit Camp Bovey, a summer camp program at East Side that helps youth build respect for the environme nt, for one another, and for themselves. Registration  allows you to participate in the race and includes chili lunch and an event shirt;  $35  before January 20,  $40  after January 20,  $20  for students aged 13-23.  Snowshoes available for rental for $5.
Canines for Camp
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am start
Since the Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle's inception, we have noticed an increasing turnout of racers with dogs. Racers will still be able to run or walk in the snowshoe race with their dogs, but we created a sub-event for dog lovers that is less competitive and more relaxing, but still a great way to get exercise for owners and dogs during the cold winter months. Each participant will receive a gift bag with dog items as well as a race shirt. 
Registration:  $25 for dog walk   allows you to participate in the race and includes chili lunch and an event shirt.  Snowshoes available for rental for $5.  
Appreciation Luncheon:  Celebrate Vital Aging!
Thursday, February 15, Seating begins at  11:30 a.m.
In February, East Side will host its 42nd annual Appreciation Luncheon. We've given this highly anticipated event a new name:
Appreciation Luncheon: Celebrate Vital Aging! East Side celebrates that Vital Aging starts with our youth and continues long past traditional retirement. Children from East Side's youth programs will share personal stories on how older adults have positively impacted their lives. Please join us as we celebrate the p ast and look to the future with stories, a delicious turkey and all the fixings meal, live music and door prizes. Tickets are $4.00 - please purchase in advance - available at East Side. 
Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hallâ„¢
Monday, February 19,  10:15-11:45 am
Join us for music, movement and fun during this free dance party in our community room.  Kairos Alive!  Intergenerational Dance Hallâ„¢ is a revival of the dance hall as the community intersection of artistic, physical and social involvement - designed for all ages and abilities with elders at the center. These intergenerational, intercultural events feature live music performed by professional musicians, and participatory dance, story and theater - intended to promote arts participation, health education, and personal and community well-being. These dance halls are designed as a creative collaboration between participants and professional artists where the boundaries between performer and audience are dissolved. 
Love Your Heart
Wednesday, February 28, 
1:00-2:00 pm
February is American Heart Month - this year's theme is "Love Your Heart." What would you do if someone near you went into cardiac arrest? Bruce Wizik from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will tell us how an automated external defibrillator (AED) saved his life and show us how simple an AED can be to use -- please join us! East Side received a generous donation from Mount Sinai Community Foundation in 2016 to purcha se two AEDs and to educate the community on how, with audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use. Call 612-787-4045 to let us know you're coming - no cost to attend.
Aging with Dignity and Respect: 
It's a Social Justice Issue
Tuesday, March 20, 1:00-2:30 pm
"Creating a just society includes treating older people as equal members and making sure we are all connected to our communities as we age, so that we can prevent and address elder abuse." Frameworks Institute.
"We are all aging; we all seek to live in a world that provides dignity and respect to everyone..." University of Southern California. 
Our communities are changing in many ways; there is an urgent need to plan for the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. These crimes have far-reaching  impacts on victims, their families, friends and neighbors.  East Side's Project EVA and the Vital Aging Network (VAN) invite you to join us for a forum on prevention and intervention facilitated by Marit Peterson, Program Director for the MN Elder Justice Center. Let's all learn how to make our community a safer place for all!
Group Support
Friendship Too: 
A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, February 6-March 13, 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 
Living Well Support Group: for those diagnosed with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment
Tuesdays, February 13 and 27, 10:00-11:30am
Are you someone living with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment and are looking for a network of support from others living with this disease? This support group provides a connection with others and a safe place to gain support and learn about other resources and education. There is no cost to participate.  Contact Sara Tucker to pre-register and learn more about this group and availability: 612-787-4007, stucker@esns.orgThis program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Memory Meetup
Friday, February 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Are you someone living with early dementia, mild cognitive impairment, or a care partner for someone living with an early diagnosis? Join us for a social gathering to connect with others over coffee and bagels. This group is a great way to gain support and build friendships and hear about other programming and resources. There is no cost to participate. Contact Sara Tucker to see if this group is the right fit for you or with further questions: 612-787-4007, . This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Weekdays with EVA
Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 10:45-11:45am
Drop by for East Side's Vital Fitness group! The group meets weekly in East Side's gymnasium 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. 

Nutritious Lunch 
Monday - Friday, 12:00pm-12:30pm
Join friends for a warm, nutritious meal in our bright, welcoming community room, hosted by Volunteers of America. For older adults 60+, the suggested donation per meal is $4.00. Please make your reservation three days in advance by calling Dawn at 612-787-4093.

Wellness Wednesdays
Second and Fourth Wednesday, 12:30-2:00pm
We'll be launching Wellness Wednesdays in February! Join us February 14th to learn more! 

Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...

In the Neighborhood
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm 
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.
F oot Clinics
Thursday, February 15 and Monday, February 19
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, February 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, February 19 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE
Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Join Neighborhood HealthSource for mammograms and breast health education. Most insurance accepted. If your insurance doesn't cover a mammogram or if you don't have insurance, MDH Sage covers costs for eligible women. 

The next monthly mammogram event is on Wednesday, February 28,  8:00 am - 7:00 pm at Sheridan Clinic  ( 342 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413) Free refreshments and a $10 gift card!  To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.
F unded by Susan J. Komen Minnesota and Park Nicollet Health Services. 
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
Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare 
Here's a link to the online publication "Health Care Choices"
H ave questions? Call the Senior LinkAge Li ne 1-800-333-2433
The HOME Program  i s a service of Senior Community Services. Older adults living in Hennepin County in need of shoveling or light housekeeping should contact 952-746-4046 or . Older adults outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area.  
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413