Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Project EVA

In This Issue
April 2018

Dear Community Member,

April is National Humor Month - it's not a coincidence that the month began with April Fool's Day! National Humor month was created to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor.
From "Laughter and joy - the benchmarks of humor - lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life... Humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is an established notion supported by scientific research. The curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times." 

So, see a funny movie, read a humorous book and/or spend time with a friend who makes you laugh and you will improve your health and well-being. And don't forget to return the favor -- it feels good to bring laughter to others as well. 

Happy Humor Month!

The Project EVA Team
East Side Community Events
Night at the Nic: East Side Annual Celebration
Thursday, May 17, 5:00-8:00 pm
Held at Nicollet Island Pavilion with beautiful skyline views from the bank of the Mississippi River, Night at the Nic (for mally known as the East Side Wine Tasting) includes samples of wine, local cuisine, and microbrews. Support East Side Neighborhood Services through our silent auction and giving opportunities! Night at the Nic supports educational pathways for children and youth, social engagement for older adults, and growth for families. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Purchase online through Eventbrite . Must be 21 years of age to attend.
Weekdays with EVA
Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
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. 

Wellness Wednesdays Presents:
Connecting with Movement and Music
Wednesdays, April 23 - May 30, 1:00-2:30pm
Join us for the second six-week series of classes intended to bridge the gap between "I want to" -- and "I Can." Led by dance instructor, Christopher Yaeger, and sponsored by ArtStart, this class is full of easy enjoyable activities that integrate music, dance, and singing. We'll use our imaginations and celebrate memories -- we know you'll have a delightful experience. Move, Stretch, Strengthen, Release, Rejuvenate and Radiate and have FUN! This class takes place in our Community Room. Please register in advance by calling 612-787-4045 or email -- plan to arrive at 12:45 on the first session to complete some paperwork.

Nutritious Lunch 
Monday - Friday, 11:30am-12:00pm
Join friends for a warm, nutritious meal in our bright, welcoming community room, hosted by Volunteers of America. For older adults 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, 12:00-1:00pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Health & Wellness Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays, May 7-July 30, 9:30-10:30am
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 Thursday mornings for 12-weeks.
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 health and wellness workshops/classes are sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency of Aging (MAAA) in the 7 county metro area
Group Support
Friendship Too: 
A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesday, April 17, 3:00-4:30 pm 
East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting a Caregiver Support Group at  Adult Day at Friendship Center,  1717 2nd Street NE (across the street from ESNS)  for anyone serving as a Care Partner for a loved one. The Care Receiver is invited to participate in the Adult Day program while their Care Partner attends the 90 minute support group.  For more information and to register, please contact Donna at 612-781-2052 or 
Memory Meetup
Friday, April 6, 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, . This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Living Well Support Group: for those diagnosed with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment
Tuesdays, April 10 and 24, 10:00-11:30am
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 pre-register and learn more about this group and availability: 612-787-4007, stucker@esns.orgThis program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Volunteer Opportunities
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, April 19 and Monday, April 16 
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, April 19 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, April 16 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, April 19, 8:00am - 7:00pm at Fremont Clinic  (3300 Fremont Ave N , Minneapolis, MN) Free refreshments and a $10 gift card!  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
Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare 
Here's a link to the online publication "Health Care Choices"
H ave questions? Call the Senior LinkAge Li ne 1-800-333-2433
The HOME Program  i s a service of Senior Community Services. Older adults living in Hennepin County in need of shoveling or light housekeeping should contact 952-746-4046 or . Older adults outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area.  
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413