Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
May 2017

Dear Community Members,

In May the country pays tribute to older Americans and acknowledges their contributions by celebrating Older Americans Month.  

This year's theme is "Age Out Loud" in recognition of  the many older Americans who are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. 

To provide a forum in May for East Side's active older adults to "Age Out Loud," the EVA team has been asking program participants to tell us: 
* What are the most rewarding things about growing older? 
* How have you enjoyed your experiences participating in programs at East Side?
* Have you had any unexpected benefits from participating in a workshop, exercise class?
We'll be posting their responses in the dining space during the month of May. Come join us May 16 at 10:30 and read more about how we "Age Out Loud!"

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. 
Older Americans Month Event
Celebrate Older Americans Month -- "Age Out Loud" 
Tuesday, May 16,  10:30-11:00am
This year's theme for National Older Americans Month is "Age Out Loud." Please join East Side Neighborhood Services Empowering Vital Aging (EVA) staff and EVA workshop participants (past, current, and future!) for our Aging Out Loud event in our beautiful dining space. Come out and meet East Side's fabulous "older Americans," who will share first-hand stories about what aging means to them. And we will be showcasing personal quotes about what it means to Age Out Loud. Come and join us for this sensational event! Light refreshments will be served.
Evidence- Based Classes
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. 
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30, 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. (No classes July 3 & 5)
Evidence- Based Classes in Progress
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. 
Powe rful 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 Adult Day at Friendship Center, 1717 2nd Street NE for six weeks. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Please call 612-787-4045 or email   
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. 
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, May 27, 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 June 24, 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 9:30-2:30
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, 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.
F oot Clinics
Monday, May 5 and Thursday, May 18
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, May 5 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, May 18 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.
Community Health Fair - United Christian Fellowship
Saturday, May 6, 9:00am-2:00pm 
Neighborhood HealthSource invites you to a free community event! United Christian Fellowship Church, 4300 Queen Avenue North, Minneapolis, 55412 
  • Free breast exam and mammogram for uninsured women
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Other health information 
Sponsor ed by Neighborhood HealthSource Outreach Programs, American Cancer Society, Mammo-A-Go-Go Mobile Mammography Unit
Mammograms & Breast Health
Saturday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 24 
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 events are on Saturday, May 6 at United Christian Fellowship Church - 4300 Queens Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55412. And Wednesday, May 24 at Sheridan Clinic Neighborhood HealthSource 342 13th Ave. NE. Minneapolis MN 55413.  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
Older Americans Month History
A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to " Older Americans Month."
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