Bytes of Wellness 
July 2016 

On July 4th we celebrate 240 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What does "independence" mean to you? Google defines it: "free from outside control; not depending on another's authority."  Most of us want to remain independent and stay in our communities as we grow older. Empowering Vital Aging programs at East Side help connect older adults to resources that can solve everyday challenges and provide solutions that make life easier. I encourage you to read on about the many activities happening at East Side and in our community including a new evidence-based health and wellness class at ESNS, Living Well With Diabetes and a very cool Gadget Fair hosted by NE Seniors. Please join us for a class or an event and learn more about how you can live well at home! 

Happy Independence Day!

Linnea Tweed
Senior Navigator, Empowering Vital Aging

We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
Activities at East Side

Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes

A Matter of Balance
Tuesdays, July 12-August 30, 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 workshop includes group discussion and exercise, and meets Tuesday afternoons for eight weeks. 

New! Living Well with Diabetes
Thursdays, August 4- September 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Diabetes workshop covers many topics including healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue,  pain, blood sugar levels, and emotions.  You will learn to set goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.  This program has been designed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research CenterThis self-management workshop meets Thursday mornings for six weeks. 
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays,  August 8-October 31, 1:30-2:30pm 
This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balanc e, muscle  strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful  movements in a slow, flowing motion. This exercise class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons for 12-weeks. No class will be held on Labor Day.
All classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413).  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. Contact Brenna to register at
612-787-4055, .  

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, Living Well with Diabetes and A Matter of Balance are sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in the 7 county metro area.  Living Well with Diabetes is presented in partnership with the Wilder Foundation. 

Tuesdays with EVA 
Empowering Vital Aging

Hot Topics on Summer Fire Safety 
Tuesday, July 12, 10:00-11:00am
Come learn about the most pressing and relevant fire safety issues this summer, including topics related to bonfires, barbecue grills, and much more!  Learn how to prevent the most common causes of house fires, and review your personal emergency preparedness plan for severe weather and other emergencies.  This talk is hosted by Casidy Anderson, Community Risk Reduction Officer with Minneapolis Fire Department. Please contact Brenna to reserve a spot at 612-787-4055.
"Top Ten List"- Current Scams Targeting Seniors
Tuesday, July 26, 10:00-11:00 am
Bridget Doyle presents the "Top Ten List" of current scams targeting seniors. Learn how to avoid the latest 21st Century scams and how to recognize the "smooth talker" who is after your hard-earned money. Refreshments provided.  Please contact Brenna to reserve a spot at 612-787-4055.

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. 
Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, July 23, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. To make an appointment, e-mail or call 612-781-6011. Other dates the clinic will be held are  August 27, September 24, and October 22. 
Friendship  Too: A Caregiver Support Group 
Wednesdays, until July 27, 3:00-4:30 pm
East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting a Caregiver Support Group 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

Adult Day at Friendship Center is located across the street from the main East Side building at 1717 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

 Volunteer Opportunities
Fight hunger with the Senior Food Shelf!
Volunteers at the Senior Food Shelf provide a welcoming atmosphere by greeting clients and guiding them through the process of choosing groceries. Ability to work well with diverse populations and with seniors is required. Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-2:30PM. Contact Carolina for more information at 612-788-9521. The Food Shelf is located at 1801 Central Ave NE.   

Lead a Cultural Activity at our Adult Day!

We are seeking one-time volunteers to lead a cultural activity at East Side's Friendship Center Adult Day Program. Activities participants enjoy include crafts, music, theater, dance, and travel presentations. 

Volunteer characteristics:
  • Connects well with people with developmental disabilities, dementia, and others
  • Speaks clearly and simply
  • Has experience leading the type of activity chosen
Activities are offered from 10:30-11:15am and 1:00-2:00pm Monday through Friday. 

Contact Brenna for more information at 612-787-4055. 
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
What to Do? Speakers at Bottineau Park
Join NE Seniors and Bottineau Park with their speakers series, "What to Do?" Presentations address issues that affect seniors and their families.

Upcoming Speakers:
  • Signs/Symptoms & Prevention of Strokes                                  July 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • What to Do? To complete a Health Directive                             July 28 and August 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.                                            This is a two-part workshop during  which you can complete a health care directive. 
All "What to Do?" Speakers present at  Bottineau Park (2000 2nd ST NE, Minneapolis).  Snacks are served.  Rides available! call NE Seniors by Thursday noon of the week before the workshop at                       612-781-5096  to request a ride.  
Gadget Fair 

Thursday, July 21st, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Check out gadgets that can make life a bit easier. See them in-person rather then in a catalog. Stay after from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. to enjoy musical entertainment and snacks!
The fair is held at The Legacy Assisted Living, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony. This event is sponsored by NE Seniors. 
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.
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. D onations 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 at two locations. 

Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, July 18, NE United Methodist (2510 Cleveland St NE) from 1:00-2:30pm. 
  • Thursday, July 21, The Legacy of Saint Anthony (2540 Kenzie Terrace) from 10:00am-12:00pm. 
 Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 

Sponsored by NE Senior Services.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Join Neighborhood Health Source for mammograms, breast health education, and food. Mos t insurance accepted. If you  don't have insurance, MDH Sage covers costs for eligible women. 

The next monthly mammogram event is  Thursday, July 14 at the Fremont Clinic (3300 Fremont Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55412).

To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.

Funding for this program is provided in part by the American Cancer Society.
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 Julie Lor at (612) 287-2447.
Free Health Insurance Counseling
Available to Medicare beneficiaries and those soon to start Medicare. 

Upcoming Dates: 
  • Tuesday, July 5, The Legacy Assisted Living (2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony), 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, July 21, Bottineau Park (2000 2nd St NE, Minneapolis), 10:00am-12:00pm
To schedule a free individual appointment, call Northeast Senior Services at 612-781-5096. 

This program is brought to you by NE Senior Services and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.   

Nutrition Nuggets

Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

You may be at risk for prediabetes if you:
  1.  Are over 45 years of age 
  2.  Are overweight 
  3.  Have a parent or sibling with diabetes 
  4.  Had gestational diabetes during pregnancy 
  5.  Are not physically active 3 times a week
YES!   Lifestyle changes including modest weight loss, good nutrition and regular exercise can prevent prediabetes.  Research also shows that these changes can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in over half of patients with prediabetes.
Bridget Doyle, Ph.D., MPH, RD-N
Source- Diabetes Care and Education Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

This guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a "lifelong home," suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Minnesota residents, workers and visitors have come to love and appreciate all that Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial. Join in the celebration and enjoy The Best Days of Summer , July 20-23, 2016.

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