Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
Greetings Community Members, 
We're pleased to welcome two new staff members to the Empowering Vital Aging team!
Erin Erdahl is our new Health & Wellness Coordinator. Erin will be working 25 hours a week coordinating EVA events, activities and evidence-based classes as well as recruiting workshop participants and volunteers - she started December 28th.
Peggy Kist is our new Outreach & Resource Advocate. Peggy will be working 20 hours a week facilitating referrals and connections to resources and service supports that promote independence and maximize well-being through the aging process. She starts her position on January 9.

The EVA staff and volunteers wi s h y ou health and  wellness in the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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
Save the Date

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 will be available at East Side  mid-January  - cost $4.00.  

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
EVA Fitness & Social 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. 
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. 
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 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. 
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. 

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
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:
  • Monday, January 16th from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE MPLS. 
  • Thursday, January 19th from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony. 
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 Thursday , January 26, at the Fremont Clinic (3300 Fremont Ave N, 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.

Outdoor Winter Walking
Winter snowfalls are beautiful and getting outside and enjoying a walk in the the crisp air and bright sunshine is a great way to enjoy the season. However, winter also brings icy surfaces that can cause peril, especially for older adults. 
Learn some helpful tips for walking safely on snow and ice by visiting this link and enjoy the beauty of the season. 
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 o
online at 

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