Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
June 2017

Dear Community Members,

On June 20-22 several members of the Empowering Vital Aging team will be attending the Minnesota Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth.  In addition to sharing best practices with other organizations receiving funding from the MN Department of Human Services, we'll receive  training and technical assistance about its programs and services. This conference is held every other year, and organizers are expecting over 1000 people to attend. We look forward to sharing some of our newly found knowledge about long-term services and supports in our community with you next newsletter!

We recently changed the EVA team's shared email address to after discovering a t echnical issue which made the old one inoperable. We  apologize if your email was sent back as "undeliverable" in the past couple of weeks.

Read on to learn more about the services and resources available here at East Side and in our neighborhood during the month of June! 


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 Services. 
Evidence- Based Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30, 
This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by impro vin g 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 classes July 3 & 5)
Evidence- Based Classes in Progress
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Tuesdays, May 9 - June 27,  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. 
Living Well with Diabetes
Thursdays, May 18 - June 22, 1:00-3:00pm
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with D i abetes is a self-management workshop that covers many topics including techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression; healthy eating; e xercise; medication usa ge; and working effectively with health care providers. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter.   This self-management workshop meets Thursday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 
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  612-787-4045 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. 
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. 

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, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Monthly Elder Law Clinics
Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, June 24, 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 July 29, 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.

Lunch Volunteers: Assist with lunch set up, serving, and clean up

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

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 9:30am-2:30pm
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
Adult Day at Friendship Center Annual Yard Sale
Wednesday, May 31 & Thursday, June 1, 10:00 am-2:00 pm 
1717 Second Street NE, Mpls 55413
Here's your chance to find unique household items, clothing,  and more!  (some "gently used") . And all proceeds support Adult Day at Friendship Center programming and the work they do to support older adults in our community. Questions: Call Donna at 612-781-2052
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, June 1 & 8, 1:00-3:00 pm
Thursdays, June 15, 22, & 29, 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
Thursday, June 15 and Monday, June 19
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, June 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm 
    at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, June 19 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Thursday, June 29
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. 
Central Clinic, 2301 Cenral 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) 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! 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