Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
Greetings Community Members, 
As we approach Election Day, I'm reminded that our neighbors are counting on all of us to be involved in shaping the future of our neighborhood, city, county, state and country by voting. 

If you need to register or update your registration (change of address, name, etc.) go to the Resources section of this email for links to resources.

Thank you for your involvement!
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
Get Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment! Understanding Medicare - An Overview 
Saturday, October 8,  9:30-10:30am or 11:00am-12:00pm
East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second Street NE, Mpls
Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7) is a time for current Medicare beneficiaries to review their prescription drug costs and make changes for 2017, if necessary. Join us at East Side for a free "Understanding Medicare - An Overview" presentation sponsored in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA), East Side Neighborhood Services and Northeast Seniors. A state-certified volunteer health insurance counselor from the Senior LinkAge Line® will present two identical and objective Medicare presentations at East Side's Dining Space. Please call MAAA at 651-917-4657 to register.
Friendship Too 
A Caregiver/Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, September 13-October 18,  3:00-4:30pm
Adult Day at Friendship Center, 1717 2nd Street NE, Mpls
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. Contact Donna to learn more at 612-781-2052 or 
Elder Law Clinic at ESNS
Saturday, October 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
Neighborhood Seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. Appointments begin at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. To make an appointment contact Laura at (612) 781-6011 or
Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes

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 balance, 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. It's not too late to join us!
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
Wednesdays, October 19-December 7, 
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, November 1- December 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
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 set goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.
This self-management workshop meets Tuesday mornings for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 
This program was designed by the 
Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
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.  To register, call  612-787-4045.
Tuesdays with EVA
Join us at ESNS on Tuesdays for  Empowering  Vital  Aging Activities!

EVA Educational Opportunities

Don't Wait, Check the Date!  
Tuesday, October 11, 10:00-11:00am
"Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" is the official theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 9-15. Do you know how old your smoke alarms are? Did you know that smoke alarms have an expiration date? Minneapolis Fire Department Staff Captain Casidy Anderson will tell us about the importance of home smoke alarms, and the FREE smoke alarm program that Minneapolis Fire and the Red Cross are offering! Learn about the top causes of fires, how to prevent them, and the risks and special considerations for older adults.

Set Goals, Take Action for your Health!
Tuesday, October 25, 10:00-11:00am        
Did you know that East Side Neighborhood Services' Empowering Vital Aging program sponsors four evidence-based health and wellness classes in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and the Wilder Foundation? A Matter of Balance, Tai Ji Quan, Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Living Well with Diabetes classes empower participants to make changes that can enhance their health and wellbeing. Activities and Outreach Specialist Gloria Coles will demonstrate how participating in these classes can help you learn techniques that reduce your risk of falls and the fear of falling and how to manage conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, depression and vision or hearing loss.

Call 612-787-4045 to let us know you'll be coming!  There is no fee to attend.

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. *We'll be meeting Monday, October 2 instead of Tuesday, October 3rd due to a scheduling conflict. 
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 classes. A commitment to attend a two day leader training (per class) and facilitate at least two workshops is required. Tai Ji Quan Leader Training is scheduled for December 7 & 8. Contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or for more details. 

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 especially needed Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30AM-12PM. Contact Carolina for more information at 612-788-9521. The Food Shelf is located at 1801 Central Ave NE.   
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
Fall Fundraising Dinner for NE Senior Services
Friday, October 7th, 4:30 To 7:00 P.M
Join your neighbors for a delicious roast beef meal with salad, dessert and beverage and enjoy fun times, door prizes and musical entertainment. Tickets:  Available at the door or in advance.  Adults $15.00, children ages 6-16 $5.00, 5 years and under free.  Proceeds support the programs of Northeast Senior Services.   

Location: Faith United Methodist, 2708 33rd Avenue NE, St. Anthony
Questions: Call NE Seniors at 612-781-5096 or email 
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, October 4, 10:00-1:00
    at The Legacy, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony Village
  • Tuesday, October 18, 10:00-12:00; Wednesday, October 19, 1:00-3:00; Tuesday, October 25, 10:00-12:00; Wednesday, October 26, 1:00-3:00 at Elim Church, 685 13th Avenue NE, Mpls.
  • Thursday, October 20, 1:00 - 3:00 at Bottineau Park, 2000 2nd Street NE Mpls.
  Call NE Seniors for an appointment  612-781-5096
Health insurance counseling services are also available by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® 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 Line® 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+
October 5, November 2, 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.  
What To Do? Heart Failure
Thursday, October 20th,  1:15-2:30 pm
Bottineau Recreation Center, 2000 2nd Street NE, Mpls.
Kari Niemczyk from North Memorial will provide tips on recognizing, understanding and living with heart failure.  Snacks will be served. Rides available by calling NE Seniors by Thursday noon October 13 at 612-781-5096
The What To Do? Speakers are provided through a partnership of North Memorial,  Bottineau Park, and NE Seniors.
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, October 20 and November 17 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace 
  • Mondays, October 24 and  November 21 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 Thursday , October 20, 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.

Nutrition Nuggets

There are two different kinds of fiber found in foods: 
Soluble Fiber:
This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a soluble gel-like material.  It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas beans, apples, carrots and barley.
Insoluble Fiber:
This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation.  Whole wheat flour and bread, wheat bran, nuts beans and vegetables such as cauliflower, green beans, and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.
Most plant based foods, such as oatmeal and beans, contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The amount of each type of fiber varies in different plant foods, so eat a wide variety of high fiber foods.
Additional Benefits of a High Fiber Diet:
Helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.  A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Aids in achieving healthy weight.  High fiber foods tend to be more filling than low fiber foods, so you are likely to eat less and stray satisfied longer.
And one final reminder, be sure to consume adequate liquids (at least 8 ounces) with your high fiber meals.  Our next newsletter will give you tips for fitting in more fiber.
Source: Mayo Clinic 
Bridget Doyle PhD, RD-N
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