Vital Aging Network e-Bulletin
Happy Summer!
We invite you to review the upcoming events, news items and volunteer opportunities in this issue of the VAN e-Bulletin


Designing a Better World

Design helps us see things that do not exist. This is especially important in our times of unprecedented change.

Tom Fisher
In his new book, Designing Our Way to a Better World, Tom Fisher presents a thought-provoking perspective on how design can help us address our society's most challenging issues, including those related to education, public health and politics. He will illustrate how design can be a force in helping us age well.

"[Design thinking] provides not just a useful and rigorous process for coming up with creative ideas but also a synthesizing, holistic way of looking at the world around us, making connections and seeing relationships among things we often treat as separate and distinct."

Mr Fisher is the former dean of the College of Design and the director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota. We are honored to have this sought-after author and national speaker, for this exciting forum. Join us!  
Designing Our Way to a Better World
Mon day, September 26 , 2016 
1:00 to 2:30 PM 
Southdale Library  
Ethel Berry Room  
7001 York Avenue South   
Edina, MN 55435

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Register for Mayday Celebration

$10 Requested Donation 
Your donation will help VAN continue to offer stimulating and timely programs. 

What stereotypes lurk in your  unconscious mind

If you are a professional working with older adults and/or their families, this CEU workshop is for you.

How we think about aging has an impact on quality of life, health and even longevity. One study indicates that people with positive self-perceptions as they age live seven and a half years longer on average (Levy et al., 2002).

Biases, misconceptions and stereotypes about older adults often operate below conscious awareness. But whether we are aware of our prejudices or not, they hurt us all.

Professionals who work with older adults and their families have a significant impact on people's views about aging. Have you deeply examined your own views? The workshop is offered by the Vital Aging Network and designed for social workers, health professionals, housing staff and others.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wilder Community Center for Aging
650 Marshall Avenue 
St Paul, Minnesota 55104

Register now!

The Vital Aging Network is a CE Provider authorized by the Minnesota Board on Social Work. Certificates of completion for 6 CEUs will be provided.
Bluegrass at the brewery

Monday, October 17, 2016
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Surly Brewing Company

Join us for a live bluegrass band and more and
support the work of the Vital Aging Network
Evolve: Re-igniting Self & Community
Use your lifetime of experiences to
make a better Golden Valley 

Evolve is an eight-month, one-day-a-month course that engages people 50+ in making our communities better. We are excited to announce a class in
Golden Valley starting Wednesday, October 5.

The class is sponsored by the Golden Valley Community Foundation and people who live, work or volunteer in Golden Valley qualify for a discounted fee.   
Know plan act evaluate: Evolve framework

The class helps you:
  • (Re) discover purpose
  • Build your community leadership skills
  • Plan and implement a project that contributes to the common good
  • Become a part of a high-energy network for exchange of ideas, connections and support
Join us for a "taster" workshop and/or an information session. Learn more.

Download a flyer.  More on Evolve in Golden Valley. 

For information call Julie Roles, 651-690-4111 or email .

This course is sponsored by the Golden Valley Community Foundation (

Summer sale!
Mapping Your Retirement book cover
Looking for a retirement, birthday or holiday gift? Here's a great idea and, for a limited time, at a reduced price.

Mapping Your Retirement: A Personal Guide to Maintaining Your Health, Managing Your Money, and Living Well
"One of the most balanced and practical tools I have seen. It has the potential to become a classic in its category."---Amy Lindgren, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Learn more about the book.

Regularly priced at $16.50 now $8.50

Buy the Book 

Age of Disruption Tour 
Dr. Bill Thomas presents inspiration, music and education

Dr Bill Thomas

The Age of Disruption Tour is a non-fiction theater experience barnstorming the country in a rock n' roll tour bus to bring communities together around a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Join Dr. Bill Thomas and friends for a day of inspiration, music and education.

Monday, September 19, 2016 
Three events starting at 2:30, 4:30 and 7:00 PM 
Muse Event Center
107 3rd Ave North 
Minneapolis, MN 55401 [ map]

Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging.
In the News

Today Show, July 25, 2016, with Maria Shriver
A major study has pinpointed a brain fitness program that can actually fight the symptoms of aging. BrainHQ boasts a series of mental exercises that you do for about an hour a day, all designed by scientists to turn back the clock.
US News and World Report, July 13, 2016, by Abby Hayes  Retirement planning for today's twenty-somethings is not the same as it was for their parents or grandparents. Fifty years ago, it wasn't unusual for long-term employees to have a pension that guaranteed a certain amount of income in retirement. But today, this is no longer the case. And this change in workplace retirement benefits makes a big difference in how each generation looks at retirement planning. 
Next Avenue, July 11, 2016, by Paula Spencer Scott The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one - both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want your mother or father or another loved one to be safe and well. How can you feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that he or she should no longer be living alone? Although every situation is different, looking at the following 11 signs will give you valuable information to help make the decision. 

6 Aging Myths We Need to Stop Believing
Next Avenue, July 22, 2016, by Deepak Chopra
You've probably heard a thousand times that as you age, your body and mind begin to "go" - you can no longer move the way you used to and your health deteriorates. But those "facts" couldn't be further from the truth. Aging doesn't have to mean decline, in fact, just the opposite. 
One of the Biggest Life Regrets for Older Americans Is...
Market Watch, July 16, 2016, by Catey Hill
Thinking back on their lives so far, one in five boomers say that one of their biggest regrets is not traveling enough, according to a survey of 2,000 baby boomers. Those 65 and up say the same thing: Research into the lives of 1,200 older people over a 10-year period by Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at Cornell University, found that elders often regretted not traveling more while they were young.
Volunteer Opportunities

Store To Door
Volunteer Grocery Shopper
Enjoy shopping? Get your day off to a great start, walk with purpose, and meet new friends all while helping older adults maintain their independence. Fill grocery orders from 6-10 a.m. on a weekly basis or twice per month. Choose the weekday morning which works best for you. Store locations include Maplewood, Bloomington and St Anthony. We can accommodate snowbirds, vacations, and other schedule changes. Mondays are our most recent addition to the schedule, and are our day of highest need. For more information, contact 651-642-1892, email or visit

Goodwill-Easter Seals
Mock Interviewing
Do you have experience providing employment interviews? Volunteer mock Interviewers are needed to provide valuable practice job interviews for participants in our Employment Training & Education classes or work experience programs. Mock interviewers must be able to conduct professional, consistent interviews for our participants with a wide variety of interviewing abilities, disabilities, and backgrounds. Interviews are offered as a way to reinforce course curriculum and refine interviewing skills. The location is 553 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul MN 55104.
Please contact Sara Triplett, Volunteer Coordinator at

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Are you good with computers? Become a Senior Surf Day Instructor
The internet can be a complicated maze, and many older adults are getting lost! Become a Senior Surf Day instructor and teach a two-hour, basic, hands-on computer and internet class to older adults who have little or no experience with computers. You can empower them to access information on the internet on their own! For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging at 651-917-4638 or

The following calendar items are presented as information only. They are not Vital Aging Network events.

For Your Calendar

Thursdays, August 4- September 8
Living Well with Diabetes
East Side Neighborhood Services1700 Second Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Diabetes is an evidence-based, self-management workshop that covers many topics including: healthy eating, exercise, and medication usage. The class also covers techniques to deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and depression. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter. Cost is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. Contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 to register.

Various Dates in August
Artful Living with Lyngblomsten
Lyngblomsten Campus
Artful Living is designed to provide quality arts experiences to enhance lives, ignite creativity and drive passion toward living full, whole, and healthy lives. A variety of community classes and programs are held throughout the month. Download the flyer.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Nina Olsen
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lyngblomsten Campus, Newman-Benson Chapel,1415 Almond Avenue, St Paul, MN
A musical performance featuring Nina Olsen on the soprano, bass and sopranino
clarinets. Free and open to the public.

Monday, August 22, 2016
Evolving Connections Picnic & Concert
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
St Anthony Main Theatre,115 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis, MN
Picnic and conversation at 5:30 PM; concert at 7 PM. Gather in front of the St Anthony Main Theater and walk together to the Father Hennepin Bluffs for the picnic. Bring a potluck item to share and your own plate/utensils/etc and beverage. The Brandon Projekt will provide the music for the free concert on Nicollet Island. Learn more or RSVP.

Tuesdays, September 6 to October 11, 2016
Better Choices, Better Health
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. South, Bloomington, MN
This 6-week course increases confidence and skills in managing care for yourself. It is designed to build skills in identifying issues, setting goals, solving problems, communicating, working with health care providers, and finding out where to go for more information. The program covers new topics each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving. The workshop leaders are more like coaches who guide participants through the topics. The answer to someone's question is usually found in the room from another participant who has gone or is going through a similar situation. The program serves those who are 60 years of age or better who are living with a chronic condition themselves or are caring for someone who is. For more information or to register for this course, call the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1698.

Thursdays, September 8 to October 27, 2016
Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. South, Bloomington, MN
Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Did you know that the fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself? This 8-week program can help you improve your quality of life and increase your independence. For more information or to register for the course, call the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1698
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