Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Project EVA

In This Issue
March 2018

Dear Community Member,

In February East Side hosted its second Kairos Alive Intergenerational Dance Hall, a participatory event that promotes personal and community wellbeing! Next week we're introducing a new movement class as part of EVA's Wellness Wednesdays programming. "Connecting with Movement and Music" is a six-week series sponsored by the nonprofit  ArtStart. Dance instructor, Christopher Yaeger, will be integrating movement, music and dance for health and wellness! More details below under Weekdays with EVA! 

On Tuesday, March 20, East Side hosts the VAN (Vital Aging Network) Forum,  "Aging with Dignity and Respect: It's a Social Justice Issue." Marit Peterson, JD from the Minnesota Elder Justice Center will be our speaker/facilitator. Join us for this important forum on elder abuse prevention and intervention and learn how to make our neighborhood a safer place for all! Details below under East Side Community Events. 

The Project EVA Team
East Side Community Events
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.
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!
Night at the Nic: East Side Annual Celebration
Thursday, May 17, 5:00-8:00 pm
Held at Nicollet Island Pavilion with beautiful skyline views from the bank of the Mississippi River, Night at the Nic (formally known as the East Side Wine Tasting) includes samples of wine, local cuisine, and microbrews. Support East Side Neighborhood Services through our silent auction and giving opportunities! Night at the Nic supports educational pathways for children and youth, social engagement for older adults, and growth for families. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Purchase online through Eventbrite. Must be 21 years of age to attend.
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. 

Wellness Wednesdays Presents:
Connecting with Movement and Music
Wednesdays, March 7 - April 11, 12:45-2:15pm
Join us for this six-week series of classes intended to bridge the gap between "I want to" -- and "I Can." Led by dance instructor, Christopher Yaeger, and sponsored by ArtStart, this class is full of easy enjoyable activities that integrate music, dance, and singing. We'll use our imaginations and celebrate memories -- we know you'll have a delightful experience. Move, Stretch, Strengthen, Release, Rejuvenate and Radiate and have FUN! This class takes place in our Community Room. Please register in advance by calling 612-787-4045 or email -- plan to arrive at 12:30 on the first session to complete some paperwork.

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.

Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
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.  
Living Well with Chronic Pain
Tuesdays, April 3 - May 8, 1:00-3:30 pm
Living Well with Chronic Pain is a new evidence-based, six-week group workshop designed to help you live a healthy life with your chronic pain by managing symptoms.  Workshops are interactive and offer practical tips and guidelines on a variety of health and wellness topics.  Participants set goals and make personalized plans to improve their health.  Each participant will receive a copy of the companion book, " Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain."
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
Group Support
Friendship Too: 
A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays through 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 
Memory Meetup
Friday, March 9, 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.
Living Well Support Group: for those diagnosed with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment
Tuesdays, March 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.
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, March 15 and Monday, March 19
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, March 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, March 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 Thursday, March 22,  8:00 am - 7:00 pm at Central Clinic  ( 2301 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN) 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