Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
July 2017

Dear Community Members,

Several of us attended the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference hosted by the MN Department of H uman Services and the MN Board on Aging June 21-22. The Opening General Session keynote speaker was Jenn Nichols, PhD, from  FrameWorks Institute. She shared a presentation called "Using Research to Tell More Effective Stories: The Framing Approach." We thought the insights she shared can help all of us improve our communications, especially with people whose culture is different from ours.

Ms. Nichols told us that cognition isn't logical because culture mediates meaning. People rely on cultural models to interpret, organize and make meaning. Frame elements help shape understanding - one element is the use of metaphors. She used "construction" as a metaphor to describe social services and the importance of providing the bricks and mortar to "construct well-being." To learn more about FrameWorks and take a Framing eWorkshop click on this link:

Empowering Vital Aging connects older adults to services and resources that expand their choices for remaining independent in their own homes and communities.  
Happy Independence Day! 

The EVA Team 
612-787-4045 |

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Service s. 
Evidence- Based Class in Progress
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30,* 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 on July 3 or 5.
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. To register, 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 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. 
Monthly Elder Law Clinics
Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, July 29, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. To make an appointment, e-mail or call 612-781-6011. Other dates the clinic will be held are August 26, September 30, and October 28. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to to engage with older adults and be of service to others?  
Become a volunteer at Adult Day at Friendship Center (across the street from East Side) ! Here are a few of the opportunities.
AM Hospitality Volunteers : Greet and escort adult day participants from vehicle to building; Serve coffee and snacks; Clean up/ help set up for next activity
Lunch Volunteers: Assist with lunch set up, serving, and clean up
AM and PM Activity Volunteers: Assist with the activity of the day including arts & crafts, sing-alongs, games, discussions, exercise and more. Help escort clients between activities and program transition times
 Morning, noon, or afternoon times available between 9:30-2:30
1717 2 nd Street NE, Minneapolis 55413
Call Donna at 612-781-2052 to learn more. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 10:00 am-Noon (summer hours) 
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, July 17 and Thursday, July 20
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, July 17 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, July 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.
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.
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
SAVE THE DATE! Your Community for a Lifetime: 
A Health & Wellness Expo
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Save the date for this annual event held in East Side's gymnasium. More than 45 vendors will be providing information on community resources, health screenings, flu shots, and more! Enjoy experiential and engagement opportunities and door and raffle prizes!
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