Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
December 2017

Dear Community Member,

As 2017 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your support of East Side's Empowering Vital Aging (EVA) program.  Through your participation and involvement, we are creating a community committed to lifelong learning and healthy living. 

Because all older adults deserve access to services that support vital aging, in addition to making health and wellness classes available for the active and engaged in our neighborhood, we're also bringing classes into residential buildings and community clinics.  Please join us for one of the fun and/or educational events/workshops you'll read about in this e-newsletter. Or invite us to bring one to you!  

Enjoy the Holiday Season!!

The Project EVA Team 
612-787-4045 |

P.S.  Your donations support the dollar for dollar match that supports EVA's Live Well at Home grant. Thank you for considering a gift to East Side!

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Service s. 
ESNS Community Events
2017 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Saturday, December 9, 7:00 pm
Join us for a family-friendly holiday lights experience at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 9th. The Canadian Pacific 
Ho liday Train will arrive at  7:45pm at Lions Park on 37th Ave NE and Stinson Boulevard. This is the only location where the train stops in the Twin Cities.  Free parking and shuttle available at the closed Walmart's parking lot, 3800 Silver Lake Road NE.

Support the food shelves at East Side Neighborhood Services by bringing a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation to the event! (Land O'Lakes will be matching your non-perishable food donation pound for pound.) 
Holiday Twirl and Whirl
Tuesday, December 19, 10:00-11:00 am
ESNS  Board Chair John Thompson and the Board Executive Committee along with  President Kristine Martin invite you to share in some Holiday Twirl, Whirl, Song and Sweets. Refreshments, singing, music and dancing for young and old in our community room. Please join us for a celebration of community and the season!
Fall Prevention & Disease 
Self-Management Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Wednesdays, January 8 thru 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. (No class January 15 or 31)
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. 
Classes in Progress
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Thursdays through December 14, 10:00am-12:00 pm
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 Memory Loss
Memory Meetup
Friday, December 1, 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, December 14, 10:00-11:30am
Pre-registration and screening required
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 learn more about this group and availability: 612-787-4007, This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
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. 

Senior Dining 
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 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, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Opportunities looking for Volunteers! 
Volunteer Facilitators for Empowering Vital Aging Health & Wellness Classes 
Project EVA is looking for volunteers to facilitate our evidence-based fall reduction and disease self-management classes. Volunteer facilitators must be able to facilitate group contributions and manage group dynamics, be non-judgmental, well-organized, and commit to training and leading an entire session of a class/workshop. Volunteers will co-facilitate with a Project EVA team member. Please contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or email with questions. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...

In the Neighborhood
Save the Date! ESNS Older Adult Appreciation 
Valentine's Luncheon
Thursday, February 15, 
11:30 a.m. Seating
Look for details  in the January Bytes of Wellness for East Side's 42nd Annual Older Adult Appreciation Valentine's Luncheon held in our gymnasium. 
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
Monday, December 18,  and  Thursday, December 21 
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, December 18 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE
  • Thursday, December 21 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
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 Tuesday, December 19,  8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Central Clinic -  (2610 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418)  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 
Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7!! 
Here's a link to the online publication "Health Care Choices"
and a guide to navigate the publication for information
And a link to a video about Medicare Open Enrollment .      
Still have questions? Call the Senior LinkAge Line 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.  
The  HOME Program is Hiring:
Snow Shovelers
Shovel within 24 hours of 2+ inch snowfalls. Commit for the entire season, until the final snow/ice storm of spring. Provide your own equipment & transportation. Paid $16 per hour; hours depend upon snowfall. Can work with multiple senior citizen clients. Age 16+. For details contact Bethany Sapp at or call 952-767-7886. Located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.
Clean homes of older adults, and, occasional errands like grocery shopping. Weekday daytime schedule determined by worker & elderly client; client provides cleaning materials & supplies. Paid $13 per hour with mileage stipend in-between client homes. 10+ hours per week. Age 18+ Worker must provide own personal transportation & pass background check. For details contact Valerie Anderson at or call 952-767-7893. Located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.   
East Side Neighborhood Services | 612-781-6011 
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413