Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
September 2017

Dear Community Member,

September 22 is the first day of fall and the day we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they are not. Most falls can be prevented -- and you have the power to reduce your risk. Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. 

East Side offers two evidence-based classes that were developed to help prevent falls. Consider joining us for a Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance workshop or A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls class. You'll find dates and details below.  
In addition, the Ready-Steady wellness and physical activity program, organized by a team from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, will return in October. Members of the research team are participating in our September 12 Health & Wellness Expo -- stop by their table to learn how you can participate. 
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. 
Evidence- Based Classes
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.  
Living Well with Diabetes
Tuesdays, September 26 - October 31, 
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.  
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. 
Evidence- Based Class in Progress
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Wednesdays, August 16 - September 20, 1:00-3:30pm. 
Gain skills to live a healthier life! 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop  covers many topics including  healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions.  You will learn to se t goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.  This self-management workshop meets Wednesday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 
This class will be held at the Labor Retreat Apartments community room, 124 SE 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414. 
This program was designed by the  Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
Health & Wellness Expo
Health & Wellness Expo: Your Community for a Lifetime 
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00am-12:00noon
East Side invites you to a FREE, fun, and educational event! Learn about community resources geared toward adults 50 and older from 40+ vendors. Enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, and door prizes. Receive health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, hearing, and more. Bring your insurance card/photo ID for your flu shot.
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, September 30, 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. Another clinic will be held October 28. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Host a Neighborhood Social Circle and increase social connections for older adults!
Older people are more likely to be at risk of becoming socially isolated, leading to poor health outcomes. Neighborhood Social Circles provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet, share stories, and get to know each other. 
The Neighborhood Social Circles model:
  • A series of weekly gatherings held in a community room at an apartment building, house of worship, or public space
  • A small group of 4 to 7 community volunteers and their invited guests: 8-14 people total, plus the facilitator  
  • Community volunteers invite an older person they have identified who would like the social contact
  • Each week, the facilitator starts the conversation, allowing       attendees to feel safe and comfortable sharing something about their lives that is meaningful to them
If you would like to host, participate, or just learn more about Social Circles, contact Linnea at or 612-787-4045.
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
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.
Free Fresh Produce @ Parker Skyview!
1815 Central Avenue NE
Thursday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm 
East Side is partnering with Second Harvest Heartland to bring fresh produce to Northeast! Open to anyone in need -- no age or income criteria required. Please bring a reusable shopping bag for carrying home your produce. 

This project is supported by the Minneapolis Health Department with funding from the MN Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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, September 18 and Thursday, September 21
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, September 18 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, September 21 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 Health Source for mammograms, breast health education, and food. 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 Wednesday, September 27,  8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Central Clinic - Neighborhood HealthSource ( 2301 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis)   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