Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Project EVA

In This Issue
June 2018

Dear Community Member,

June is a busy month with the  first days of summer,  Father's Day, weddings, and graduations! 

Today we celebrated the graduation of 13 seniors from East Side's Menlo Park Academy. Five of those graduates had also been attending the Minneapolis Community and Technical College during the year and five received scholarships. Congratulations grads!  Next week East Side's Northeast Child Development Center will be holding a graduation ceremony for the pre-kindergarten children.  There is much to celebrate at East Side Neighborhood Services! 

In this issue, you'll find lots of opportunities to engage in programming designed to support our commitment to health and wellness. Please keep reading and plan to join us for a class, program or event. See you soon!

The Project EVA Team
Health & Wellness Classes
Living Well with Chronic Pain
Thursdays, June 14-July 30, 1:30-3:30pm
Living Well with Chronic Pain is a new evidence-based, six-week group workshop designed to help you live a healthy life with your chronic pain by managing symptoms.  Workshops are interactive and offer practical tips and guidelines on a variety of health and wellness topics.  Participants set goals and make pe rsonalized plans to improve their health.  Each participant will receive a copy of the companion book, " Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain." 
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays through 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 Monday 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
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. 

Wellness Wednesday: Session Zero
Wednesday, June 13, 1:00-2:00 pm
Join us for an interactive session that will introduce you to life changing health and wellness programs East Side offers including:
Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Living Well with Diabetes, Living Well with Chronic Pain, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance. 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
Friendship Too: 
A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, June 19 and July 10, 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 
Living Well Support Group: for those diagnosed with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment
Tuesdays, June 12 and 26, 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.
Growing Connections
Thursday, June 7, 10:00am-12:00pm at East Side
Join us for a social and educational eight-week series taught by Extension Master Gardener  Volunteers from the University of Minnesota (additional Thursday dates are at other locations). This series will share the joy of growing plants,  social connections, and cultural outings for people living with early dementia and their care  partners. Each class stands alone, so you can attend one or all of the classes.  You don't need a garden to join in, you just need to be willing to enjoy nature and have fun.
To register or more information contact Sara Tucker, 612-787-4007,
East Side Community Event
Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hallâ„¢
Wednesday, June 27, 9:30-11:00 am
Join us for music, movement and fun during this free dance party in our 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 intergeneration
al, intercultural events feature live music perform
ed by professional musicians, and participatory dance, story and theater - intended to promote arts participation, health education, and personal and community well-being. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Therap y Pool/Swim Volunteer, Adult Day at Friendship Center
Join adult day participants for a ride to and a swim at Courage Kenny's therapy pool Thursday mornings beginning June 7 through September 27. We're looking for a service-oriented volunteer who can swim and would enjoy assisting older adults, male and female, utilize the therapy pool. Please contact Donna for more information at 612-781-2052 or 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...
In the Neighborhood
Dads, Dreams & Donuts
Sunday, June 9, 1:00-4:00 pm
2015 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis 55411
Father's Day is fast approaching and what better way to honor the wonderful men in your life then attending the Dads, Dreams & Doughnuts event! There will be plenty of activities for all ages. Enjoy a doughnut bar with at least 10 different types of doughnuts. All fathers & father figures will get a chance to have their picture taken with their children and each father/father figure will be able to create a vision board for their family.
This event is FREE to attend! Donations accepted.
RSVP by going to
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:00 noon
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. Effective June the time moves to 10-noon for the summer.

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
F oot Clinics
Monday, June 18 and  Thursday, June 21
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Monday, June 18 from 1:00-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE
  • Thursday, June 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 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 over 40 years old. 

The next monthly mammogram event is on Thursday, June 28, 8:00am - 4:00pm at Central Clinic  (2301 Central Ave NE, 55418 ) 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
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 Macey at 612-787-4090 or
Adult Day Programs Address Social Isolation
If you know an older adult who is feeling lonely, Adult Day at Friendship Center (AD@FC)  may be the answer to move them toward better health. Older Adults' health can improve by simply engaging in conversation with others and/or through activities and exercise. AD@FC participants share stories about their pasts, they learn about each person's unique backgrounds and share their past adventures. Participants' lives are enhanced through engagement with new people and finding enjoyment in music, art, games, and laughter.

To find out if this program is right for you or someone you know, please contact Donna at 612-781-2052 or And ch eck out the website at  !
The HOME Program  i s a service of Senior Community Services. Older adults living in Hennepin County in need of lawn mowing 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.  
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
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413