Vital Living News
April 2019 

Giving Gratitude

With spring on the horizon, comes brighter days and renewed vitality in the air!  Vital Living would love to welcome spring with you as we start another month full of activities and classes that support and celebrate health and well-being. 
It's time to end our winter blues and wake up from hibernation, for Vital Living's events and resources for support are here to embrace the seasonal change with you! For more ways to stay engaged with Vital Living, keep on reading our newsletter, send it to a friend, or call our phone number below!
Happy Spring!

Vital Living Team

Vital Living is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the MN Department of Human Services. 
In This  Vital Living Newsletter...
Caregiving: Gain Emotional and Practical Support
Classes: Maintain your Wellbeing
Events: Lifelong Learning
Engagement: Connect through Volunteering
Resources: Tools for Staying Independent
Vital Living Caregiving
C a regiving Consultation
If you're uncertain about what to do next, looking for more information about available resources, want to change some part of your relationship with the person you're caring for, or just need to know that you're going in the right direction, meeting with our Family Caregiver Coach/Consultant, Parichay, can be helpful for you.

Contact Parichay Rudina, LISW, at
612-787-4085 or email
Memo ry Café 
Thursday, April 4 (1st Thursday of the month)
10:00-11:30 am
Want to meet other families who are living with memory loss? Join us for a social group at East Side for people with dementia and their care partners. 
No RSVP needed. 
Click here to learn more about Memory Cafes.
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, April 19 ( 3rd Friday of the month)
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Join us to get ideas for what to do in difficult situations, learn from other caregivers, and be in a room with people who "get it." 
No RSVP needed.
Lunch with Friends
Saturday, May 11 
(2nd Saturday of the month)
11:00 am-1:00 pm 
Break bread and enjoy the weekend. Meet for lunch with other  older adults with a health condition and their care partners 
Elsie's (729 Marshall St NE). 
Separate checks! 
Please RSVP by calling 612-787-4085 or emailing
Vital Living Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays through May 23
10:00-11:00 am
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.
Living Well with Diabetes
Fridays, May 10 - June 14, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Living Well with Diabetes covers many topics including techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression; healthy eating; exercise; medication usage; and working effectively with health care providers. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter.  This class meets two hours a week for six weeks.
To register for Vital Living classes, call 612-787-4083 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 seven county metro area.  East Side is a community partner in MAAA's Juniper initiative.  
Vital Living Events
Night at the Nic
Thursday, May 9, 5:00 pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St, Minneapolis
Join your community in support of East Side Neighborhood Services's work with children, families, and older adults across Hennepin County.
Enjoy samples of local food and drink while learning and sharing about East Side's vision: Every person thrives, every voice matters.

Tickets are $50 on EventBrite, $60 at the door. 
Dementia Education and Awareness 
East Side's Dementia Education and Awareness Coordinator, Nate Cannon, will be offering informational sessions open to the public in the coming weeks. These one hour sessions will be offered at locations at the times below, and are  designed to provide key messages about dementia and how to support t hose with memory loss living in our community. Mark your c alendar for your preferred date and location! Call Nate for more information at 612-787-4007. 
April 9 at 1:30pm, Southdale Library          
April 17 at 10:30am, Southdale Library        
May 14 at 6:30pm, Southdale Library
May 20 at 10:45am, Sabathani Center
May 23 at 1:00pm, Nokomis Library
June 24 at 11:00am, Washburn Library
St. Louis Park:
April 16 at 6:00pm, St. Louis Park Library
April 22 at 2:00pm, St. Louis Park Library
New Hope:
April 25 at 1:30pm, YMCA
Dementia education is supported, in part, by a grant from the MN Board on Aging.
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. First time participants are always welcome! There is no cost to participate. Contact Carmel with questions at 612-787-4086. 

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.
Lives Well Lived: 
Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age
Thursday, May 2, 4:45-7:00 pm
Riverview Theater,  3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Join the MN Leadership Council on Aging with Volunteers of America MN/WI to screen Lives Well Lived, a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

The free event (pre-registration required) includes screening of the film, conversation with Sky Bergman, and a soda and popcorn.
(The event is made possible by MN Leadership Council on Aging, Volunteers of America MN/WI and Lives Well Lived.)
Vital Living Engagement
Connect Through Volunteering
Living a vital life includes community involvement. Our life experiences and interests are valuable and needed to help others. Have you thought about getting involved but don't know where to start? Each month, we will highlight ways to engage in the community and share your expertise and passion.
Vital Living Memor y Café  Volunteer
Position: Memory Café Friend
We will provide the coffee, tea and baked goods. You bring your friendly smile and a desire to connect with people experiencing memory loss. Once a month, Memory Café volunteers support East Side's mission of providing meaningful social engagement to people experiencing memory loss and their care partners. Volunteer shifts are from 9:30-12:00 the 1 st Thursday of each month. Contact Jennifer at 612-787-4014 to learn more.
Resources for Vital Living
Accessible Transportation
East Side Neighborhood Services provides assisted transportation to older people living 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
Work Readiness  Training for People 55+
East Side's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides work readiness training for people 55+ years old. SCSEP addresses the practicalities of job hunting for older adults: bus routes, distance to travel, hours, handicap accessibility, resumes, job hunting skills, and interviewing skills, as well as increasing your self-confidence when looking for jobs.

Participants are placed into training sites to develop new job skills. Our training sites provide real life work readiness opportunities for our participants. SCSEP's goal is for older adults to feel confident enough with their new job skills to find unsubsidized work. Contact Katey for more information 612-787-4015, 
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.
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. 
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413