Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
April 2017

Happy Spring!  This month we're highlighting one of our evidence based classes, Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balanceā„¢ (TJQMBB) as April 29 is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD). TJQMBB transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving postural stability, awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space, functional walking and coordination, range of motion around the ankle and hip joints, and lower-extremity muscle strength. 

Research has shown older adults participating in a TJQMBB community based class decrease their risk
of multiple falls by 55% and individuals with Parkinson's disease decrease their risk of multiple falls by 67% .
We currently have a class in session and p articipants are welcome to join at
an y time. Check out more  details under "Evidence Based Classes" and read about
WTCQD in the links under "Resource Corner." 
TJQMBB Class at East Side
Hope to you at East Side!

The EVA Team 
612-787-4102 |

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
Upcoming Events
Roadwise RX:  Medications & Safe Driving
Wednesday, April 19, 11:00am-12:00pm 
Join us and learn how medications can affect your driving  . Eight out of 10 drivers age 65 or older take medicat ion on a regular basis. Almost half of those drivers using medications ha ve ne ver talked to their healt h care provider about how the drugs might affect th eir saf e driving abilities. An AAA Minneapolis  Dri ving Programs expert will help you learn about a free, confidential to ol that adults can use to e xp lore how medications may affect safe driving.
Contact the Empowering Vital Aging office with questions: (612) 787-4045 or This class is free. Refreshments will be provided. 
Powerful Tools for Caregivers 
Tuesdays, April 25-May 30, 3:00pm-4:30pm 
Powerfu l Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while cari ng for a relative or friend.  You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

This class series meets once a week at the Friendship Center for six weeks. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Please call 612-787-4045 or email  
Weekdays with EVA
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. 

New! Music & Movement Fitness 
Starts April 13 -  Thursdays , 11:00am-12:00pm 
Join us on Thursday for our new music and movement class! We will be focusing on moving to the beat with standing and seated exercises. All levels are welcome and there is no cost to participate. Contact Erin with any questions at 612-787-4102.

Senior Dining 
Monday - Friday, 12:00pm-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, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Evidence  Based Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays, Feburary 27 - May 22, 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. Participants may join this class during the 12-week session, however, if you'd like to start a class from the beginning, save the date for our next session that starts Monday, June 5. 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Thursdays, April 13 - May 18, 1:30-3:30pm
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 Thursday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Tuesdays, May 02 - June 20,  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. 
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  612-787-4102 or email

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. 

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
Monday, April 17 and Thursday, April 20
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, April 17 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, April 20 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
Thursday, April 20, 8:00am-4:00pm
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 on  Thursday , April 20  from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Fremont Clinic Neighborhood HealthSource -  3300 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412.  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) at Fremont, Sheridan, and Central Clinics. There is no cost to participants.  To learn more 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.
Resource Corner
Tai Chi and Qigong Resources
To learn about the live event at Normandale on April 29, please visit their website  World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

For more information, check out the following websites: 
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Contact Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 or online at for more information. 
East Side Neighborhood Services | 612-781-6011 | |
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413