Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
November 2017

Dear Community Member,

November is  National Family Caregivers Month. Over 90 million Americans today are family caregivers for their loved ones, and a large number of them are finding themselves providing care 24-hours a day/7-days a week. Six out of 10 family caregivers juggle everyday life tasks such as preparing the children for school, managing household responsibilities, and work full- or part-time. Although caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it is not without its consequences such as stress, poor health, and caregiver burnout.

The chance to take a breather and re-energize is vital. A program developed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend is the six-week class "Powerful Tools for Caregivers." East Side is hosting this class Monday afternoons, November 6 - December 11 from 3:00-4:30.  Please pass along information about this valuable program to family caregivers you know  (details under Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes) . And let them know how much their work is appreciated, consider offering to run an errand or provide them with respite, and share a sincere "thank you."  

Thank you to all family caregivers for the valuable and important work you do!

The Project 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. 
Join Us! 
Operation Sight & Sound
Thursday, November 30, 11:00-11:45am
East Side welcomes the Veterans of the Minnesota Veterans Home Adult Day Center to our Community Room for a musical and photographic event! In this award-winning program, US military Veterans from WWII through Vietnam, write their own songs and then use cameras to photograph what their songs are all about. After extensive rehearsal, the Veterans take their music and pictures "on the road" via a portable art gallery and concert performance. "Operation Sight & Sound" is a joint project of the Minnesota Veterans Home Adult Day Center, and Charlie Maguire, songwriter-musician-performer, and longtime NE neighborhood resident. Admission is free and open to the public.
Evidence- Based Health & Wellness Classes
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. 
Powerful Tools for Caregivers  
Mondays, November 6 - December 11, 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 Monday afternoons at Adult Day at Friendship Center for six weeks, 1717 2nd Street NE (across the street from East Side). Registration is required. Please call 612-787-4045 or email   
Evidence- Based Class in Progress
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays through December 6, 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.  
Living Well with Diabetes
Tuesdays through November 29 
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 Tuesday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 

This program was designed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Thursdays through December 7, 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, November 3, 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,
Living Well Support Group: for those diagnosed with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment
Tuesdays, November 14 & 28, 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, .
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! 
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...
In the Neighborhood
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
Thursday, November 16 and Monday, November 20 
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, November 16 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, November 20 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE
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 Thursday, November 30,  8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Sheridan Clinic -  (342 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)  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
Election Day,
Tuesday, November 7
Voting open 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

What will Minneapolis residents be voting on?
Minneapolis Mayor, Minneapolis City Council (all wards), Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation (two at-large seats), Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (three at-large seats, plus all districts)
Who are the candidates?
Get a list of candidates and download a sample ballot at
Where do I vote?
You must vote at your assigned polling place. Because polling places can change, check before  you vote at or dial 311 (outside Minneapolis dial 612-673-3000)

Use these links to find more information about  elections and voter registration, including the availability of registration and voting assistance for  the elderly or individuals with disabilities ,  and residents of  health care facilities and hospitals.  
Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare 
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 now that Open Enrollment has started .      
Still have questions? Call the Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433
East Side Neighborhood Services | 612-781-6011 
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413