Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
October 2017

Dear Community Member,

Medicare open enrollment for 2018 starts on Sunday, October 15 and closes on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Open enrollment is the annual period during which you can review, compare, and select your health care plan choices, including your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Prescription drug plans change and new plans become available each year that could offer better coverage and/or save you money.  Here are a few things to consider:
  • Does the plan cover the medications you currently take or expect to take?
  • In addition to the monthly premium, what are your expected out-of-pocket medication costs for 2018 under different plans?
  • What pharmacies can you use to get your medications under different plans?
  • How is a plan performing based on its Star Rating?
Check out the Medicare Plan Finder at, which provides details on the prescription drug plans available in your area. Call Medicare with questions at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and/or contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 and on the web at 

The Project EVA Team 
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*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Service s. 
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. 
Living Well with Diabetes
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 7 
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, October 12 - 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.  
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). Class size is limited, and 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, September 18 - 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.  
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. 
Monthly Elder Law Clinics
Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, October 28, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Older adults can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. To make an appointment, email or call 612-781-6011.  
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers looking for opportunities!
Need help raking your yard before the snow comes this year? 
UCare volunteers want to help you! They will have volunteers ready to rake yards in NE Minneapolis the morning of Saturday, November 4th. Space is limited, so don't delay! Sign-up deadline to request volunteer(s) to rake your yard is Friday, October 20th. To register, call Chris at UCare at 612-676-3441.
Opportunities looking for Volunteers! 
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...
In the Neighborhood
See, Test & Treat: FREE Cancer Screens and Community Health Education
1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411
October 3, 4, and 5, 8:00am-4:00pm
Free health screenings for women. This event is being held at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center's Penn Avenue North Location. Education, entertainment and refreshments provided while you wait for results (may take up to three hours). Bilingual staff available -- Tuesday: English; Wednesday: Spanish; Thursday:Hmong. Register at 612-543-2500 (space is limited.) 
Dine Out to Support "Mission Nutrition" 
Eastside Meals on Wheels Fundraiser
Thursday, October 5
Earn money for Eastside Meals on Wheels (MOW) by dining out at one of your favorite restaurants on Thursday, October 5. The following restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds for the day (varies by restaurant). 
Red Stag Supperclub, Element Pizza, The Draft Horse, Up Coffee Roasters, Marino's Deli, Moose Bar and Grill, Emily's Lebanese Deli, The Anchor Fish and Chips, and Stanley's Barroom. 
Please let your server know you're supporting Mission Nutrition. Thank you in advance for your support! Questions? Visit or call Eastside MOW at 612-277-2529
Northeast Senior Services' Fall Fundraising Dinner
Faith United Methodist Church
2708 33rd Ave NE, Saint Anthony Village
Friday, October 6, 4:30-7:00 pm
Come out and support programs for older adults living in the communities of St. Anthony Village, Columbia Heights, New Brighton, and Northeast Minneapolis. Fun-loving people of all ages are invited to join us for: Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Dinner, Entertainment, Door Prizes, and a Raffle. Tickets avalabile at the door: Adult $15, Children 6-16 $5 (Age 5 and under free). Maximum for family $40 with children age 16 and under. Tickets also avaiable from Northeast Senior Services board members or call 612-781-5096.
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, October 16 and Thursday, October 19
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, October 16 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, October 19 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.  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
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