Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Vital Aging

In This Issue
December 2018

We are thrilled to announce that East Side was awarded a new Live Well at Home (LWAH) grant by the MN Department of Human Services to launch a Caregiver Support and Volunteer Engagement expansion in 2019!
Our programming growth will be focused on supporting older adults, caregivers, and community members through respite care, one-on-one coaching with caregivers, educational programming for the community, and the continuation of our Dementia Education and Awareness program. A commitment to Intergenerational Engagement will expand opportunities for volunteers of all ages. 

We are excited to use this opportunity to further invest in our strategic priority of building an intergenerational community that values and respects everyone, increases understanding and engagement, and focuses on health and well-being for all generations.

Position descriptions will be published soon for several new positions to add to the current Project EVA team, with plans to "rebrand" programming to reflect our commitment to "growing up and growing old" together in community!

The Project EVA Team
East Side Community Events
Dementia Friends Information Session
Friday, November 30, 10:00-11:00 am
We're on a mission to make Minneapolis more dementia friendly! With funding from the MN Board on Aging, East Side is conducting "Dementia Friends" informational sessions providing key messages about dementia and tips on how to support those in the community living with 
memory loss. Our first session will be November 30th at 10am in the Community Room. To learn more or RSVP, please contact Nate Cannon, Dementia Education and  Awareness Coordinator, at: 612-787-4007 or
Intergenerational Dance Hall!
Wednesday, December 5 
10:00 -11:00 am 
Join us for music, movement and fun during this free dance party in ou r community room.  Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hallâ„¢ is a revival of the dance hall as the community intersection of artistic, physical and 
social involvement - designed for all ages and abilities with elders at the center. These intergeneratio nal, multicultural events feature
live music perfor med by professional musicians, and participato ry dance, story and theater - intended to promote arts  participation, health education, and personal and community well-being. 
This activity is made possible by the voters of
Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Holiday Train
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00-9:00pm
Lions Park on 37th Ave NE, between 37th Ave NE & Stinson Blvd
Join Canadian Pacific to celebrate the holidays with musical guests. Your cash or healthy food donations support local families in need. Pre arrival festivities begin at 7:00 pm, including music, bonfires, crafts and refreshments. The train arrives at 7:55 pm, with a special show from 8:15-8:45 pm.
Musical Guests: The Trews and Willy Porter
All donations benefit East Side Neighborhood Services'  Metro Food Programs! The Metro Food Programs include: the  High Rise Mobile Food Shelf, which brings food to residents of 46 buildings across Hennepin County; the  Senior Food Shelf, serving over 1,000 older adults yearly; and the  Glendale Food Shelf, which supplies a wide variety of culturally-specific foods that are staples to the diets of Glendale Townhomes community members.
Health & Wellness Classes
Living Well with Chronic Conditions 
Wednesdays through December 19, 12:00-2:30 pm
Magnet Senior Center, Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Living Well with Chronic Conditions  helps you discover healthier nutrition options and exercise choices; learn how to improve communication with your family and healthcare professionals concerning your health and well-being; find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue; and develop skills to get the support you need. This class meets two and a half hours once a week for six weeks. 
To register, call  612-787-4045 or email 
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 on Aging (MAAA) in the seven county metro area.   East Side is a community partner in MAAA's Juniper initiative.
Weekdays with EVA
Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
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 questions at 612-787-4076. 

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.
Group Support
Caregiver Support Group
Tuesday, December 11, 3:00-4:30 pm   
1717 2nd Street NE (across the street from ESNS)
East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting a Caregiver Support Group for anyone serving as a Care Partner for a loved one.  For more information and to register, please contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or 
Volunteer Opportunities
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...
In the Neighborhood
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 1:00 pm-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, December 17 and  Thursday, December 20 
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, December 17 from 1:00-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE 
  • Thursday, December 20 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.
Nutritious Meals Delivered
Eastside Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound persons living in NE and SE Minneapolis, and St. Anthony Village.    Contact Eastside M eals on Wheels at 612-277-2529 or via email at to register.
Resource Corner
East Side's Accessible Transportation
East Side Neighborhood Services provides assisted transportation to seniors in North, Northeast, Southeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony. 
Type of trips: Doctor, hairdresser, bank, pharmacy, nursing home visits, 
errands, senior dining and shopping.  We are also available for grou p outings.
Cost: We use a sliding fee
Available: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm
Call: Reservation line 612-787-4012
Medicare Open Enrollment Now through December 7! 
The 2019 edition of 
Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare is here!
Use this link to access the online publication "Health Care Choices" 
East Side has a limited supply of hard copies. Please contact Linnea to reserve one at 612-787-4045 or 
H ave questions? The Senior LinkAge Li ne has trusted experts -- call them at 1-800-333-2433
Twelve Reasons to Hire an Older Worker 
When it comes to contributions in the workplace, older workers draw from a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise: 
1.  Low absenteeism,  2.  Strong work ethic,  3.  Proven track record,  4.  Willingness to learn,  5.  Lifelong experience,  6.  Loyalty
7.  Honesty,  8.  Efficiency,  9.  Confidence,  10. Flexibility,  11. Reduce labor costs,  12. Pride in a job well done

Funded by the Federal Department of Labor, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at East Side engages older workers 55+ in meaningful, community work experience followed by job placement assistance within the local business community. To learn more about joining the program and/or hiring an older worker, please contact John at 612-787-4090,
The HOME Program  i s a service of Senior Community Services. Older adults living in Hennepin County in need of snow removal 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. 

Snow Removal Contract Opportunities
Keep a senior safe this winter and get paid at the same time. Snow removal workers are paid $16/hour through Senior Community Services' HOME program. Must be 16 years or older. For more info and application, Click Here
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413