Bytes of Wellness
an e-newsletter for Project EVA

In This Issue
May 2018

Dear Community Member,

Every May, the Administration on Aging leads our nation's observance of Older Americans Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

Join us Tuesday, May 1st from 10:00-10:30am (right before Vital Fitness) at East Side's Community Room for a celebration of the many ages of East Side's program participants. Participants from Project EVA, Adult Day at Friendship Center, and North East Childhood Development Center will all gather to Engage at Every Age! Refreshments will be available. 

A big thank you to nonprofit ArtStart for funding a second Connecting with Movement and Music  six-week series.  The  class started April 25 and continues through May 30 with dance instructor Christopher Yaeger continuing to share his talents -- please see details below under Weekdays with EVA! 

The Project EVA Team
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 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
Group Support
Friendship Too: 
A Caregiver / Loved One Support Group
Tuesday, May 8, 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, May 4, 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, May 7 & 22, 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
Thursdays, May 10, May 24, and 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,
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 any questions at 612-787-4076. 

Wellness Wednesdays Presents:
Connecting with Movement and Music
Wednesdays through 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 your 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.
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.
Volunteer Opportunities
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more...

In the Neighborhood
Saturday, May 5, 10:00am-2:00 pm 
2955 Hayes St NE, Minneapolis 55418
CarFit is a free, fun event designed to improve safety and comfort for older drivers. Trained volunteers walk through a 12-point checklist with drivers to ensure their vehicle's adjustable safety features, such as mirrors, seat belts, lights, and air bag placement are the safest "fit" for the driver. Drivers leave their 20-minute appointment with recommended adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources, and greater peace of mind. 
To schedule an appointment, contact Sandi McDonald at 612-668-1590 or .
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. Effective June the time moves to 10-noon for the summer.

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
F oot Clinics
Thursday, May 17 and Monday, May 21
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, May 17 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, May 21 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, May 21, 8:00am - 7:00pm at Sheridan Clinic  ( 342 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 ) 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
Adult Day at Friendship Center  addresses social isolation. If you know an older adult who is feeling lonely, isolated, or who appears to be depressed, 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 travel 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