Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
Greetings Community Members, 
Don't miss East Side's 39th annual health and wellness event,  Your Community for a Lifetime: A Health & Wellness Expo, Tuesday, September 13 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We expect 40+ vendors to participate and 200+ community members to attend. Please look under Activities at East Side for more details. See you there!
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
Your Community for a Lifetime

A Health & Wellness Expo
Tuesday, September 13 
East Side's Gymnasium, 1700 2nd Street NE, Mpls 55413
East Side Neighborhood Services and Council Members Kevin Reich and Jacob Frey invite you to a FREE, fun and educational event for older adults and neighbors! More than 40 vendors will be sharing community resources at this 39th Annual East Side event held at East Side's gymnasium. Join us for free Health Screenings: Blood Pressure, Glucose, Hearing and more! Flu Shots (please bring your insurance card and photo ID). Learn about resources for staying in the community you love. Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment, and door prizes.
Friendship Too 
A Caregiver/Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, September 13-October 18
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 
Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays,  August 8-October 31
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
E mpowering Vital Aging
Your Community for a Lifetime:
A Health & Wellness Expo
Tuesday, September 13,  10:00am-12:00pm
More than 40 vendors will be sharing community resources at this 39th Annual East Side event. Learn about resources for staying in the community you love. Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment and door prizes!

Meditation for Healthy and Joyful Living
Tuesday, September 27,  10:00am-11:00am 
Join us to learn breathing and meditation techniques that not only decrease stress, but increase energy and joy, leading to an overall sense of well-being. Our speaker, Jim Nelson, is a retired licensed psychologist and past Board President at the Meditation Center in Minneapolis. He continues to teach meditation classes at the Center and is vice-president of AHYMS, an association of meditation centers. Jim travels nationally and internationally speaking on a variety of topics on maintaining health and well-being. 

Call 612-787-4045 to let us know you'll be coming to the September 27th program!  There is no fee to attend.

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
Piano players appreciated!
Volunteer p ianist(s) wanted to play piano at Adult Day at Friendship Center, 30-45 minutes monthly, or more often if desired.  Time frames available: between 9:45 -10:30 am, 12:15-1:00, other times between 10:30-2:20 are negotiable. We are a very appreciative audience! 

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.   
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. The next A Matter of Balance Leader Training is scheduled for October 4 & 5; Tai Ji Quan Leader Training is scheduled for December 7 & 8. Contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or for more details. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
 Senior Housing Tour
Tuesday, September 20th, 9:00am-3:00pm
Locations to be visited will be available soon on the Northeast Seniors website
Cost: donations appreciated.
To reserve your place on the senior housing tour call NE Seniors at 612-781-5096.

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Free Health Insurance Counseling
Available to Medicare beneficiaries and those soon to start Medicare.  Upcoming Dates: 
  • Tuesday, September 6, The Legacy Assisted Living (2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony), 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, September 15, 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 Northeast Senior Services and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
Fridays, September 23-November 18 (skipping Oct 28)
Logan Recreation Center, 690 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
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. 

This evidence-based workshop is sponsored by East Side Neighborhood Services, Northeast Senior Services, and Logan Park.
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:
  • Thursday, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15. 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 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 Wednesday, September 14, at the Central Clinic (2301 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418).  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
Tips for Brain-healthy Living
A healthy diet both improves everyday mental function and reduces the risk for chronic age-related brain diseases. Adopt a healthy diet by eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Dark-skinned vegetables and fruits tend to have more brain benefits. Cut back on foods high in unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Instead, use mono- and polyunsaturated fats (like olive oil) and choose grilled or baked foods over fried foods. The following foods are particularly good for brain health. 

Blueberries  and other berries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may slow age-related cognitive decline.
Fish  like mackerel trout, tuna, and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to proper brain function and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Nuts and seeds  are good sources of vitamin E, which has been associated with decreasing cognitive decline caused by aging.
Avocados  contain healthy fats and vitamins and may promote both cardiovascular and brain health.
Whole grains  have a number of health benefits, and may play a role in decreasing risk for brain diseases. 
(From a handout published by HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging)

Look for information on the important roles of soluble and insoluble fiber in the October issue of Bytes of Wellness.
Bridget Doyle PhD, RD-N
The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on Sept. 22, 2016-the first day of fall. The event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. For links to excellent resources, click on the link above.

Find health and lifestyle tips via this link!
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