Vital Living News
August 2019 

Connecting Through Stories

There's something about exchanging words and stories with another person. It's a personal human connection no matter how little that exchange may be. Last month, we celebrated our summer intergenerational dementia awareness project in honor of everyone who shared their stories concerning the meaning of memory within their lives. Sharing these narratives in our Memoirs of Memory project brought people together and shed light on how vital it is to exchange our stories with one another.

This August, we hope to further spread the power and connection that stories bring by hosting a learning opportunity entitled "Use of Personal Story: Communicating with a person with memory loss" presented by Janelle Johnson. Sharing p ersonal stories can help build a person's legacy and be u sed to open up conversation between a caregiver and the person receiving care.  This event is open to everyone (CEUs available).  To find out more about "Use of Personal Story" and all the other opportunities we have for you this month, please keep reading and let us share our story with you! 

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 Support : Gain Emotional and Practical Support
Classes: Maintain your Well-being
Engagement: Connect through Volunteering
Events: Lifelong Learning
Resources : To ols for Staying Independent
Vital Living Events
Use of Personal Story: Communicating with a person with memory loss
Presented by Janelle Johnson (CEUs available)
Thursday, August 15, 8:00-9:30 am
Personal stories are an essential piece of our identity. Learn how to use personal stories to:

1. Improve communication with a person with memory loss

2. Build one's legacy for future generations

Janelle Johnson has 30 years of experience in the field of aging services, including as a dementia care specialist. Janelle has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine. 
7:45 am: Networking and refreshments
8:00-9:30 am: Presentation
9:30-10:00 am: Take a tour and learn more about East Side
Case Managers, Social Workers, and community members are welcome!
Free 1.5 CEUs for Social Workers!  Please let us know you're coming by calling 612-787-4086 or email .

Reimagining Aging Book Club
Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St NE
2nd Saturday starting in September | 9:00-10:30
Join our discussion of engaging and enlightening books about aging and what it means to live a vital life today. We will reframe the idea of aging as opportunity -- the responsibility to reach out to other generations, share wisdom, and learn new ways of living in the world -- how we can grow up and grow old together. 
In collaboration with Pierre Bottineau Library.  The books:
September 14: "How to Live Forever" by Marc Freeman
October 12: "Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End" by Tia Powell
November 9: "Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's currents and Flourishing as We Age" by Mary Pipher
To participate and/or learn more, call 612-787-4086 or email
Nordeast Big River Beer Fest
Sa turday, October 5, 1:00-4:00 pm
Come sample beer, snack on great food, listen to live music, drink from a free tasting mug, and be part of the craft brew community at this East Side event. All proceeds benefit the programs of East Side Neighborhood Services. Must be 21 years of age to attend.
Look forward to these breweries: Burning Brothers Brewing, 56 Brewing, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., Able Seedhouse & Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Clear River Beverage, Modist Brewing Company, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Brau Brothers Brewing Co. and many more to come!! For ticket information , click here. 
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. 

Chair Yoga (Resumes September 4)
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Drop by for East Side's Chair Yoga class! Improve balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. First time participants are always welcome! There is no cost to participate. Contact Parichay with questions at 612-787-4085. 

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.
Vital Living Caregiving
NE Day Spot
Every Friday, 10 AM-2 PM
Looking for a safe, engaging and fun place for the person you're caring for so you can take a break and get some respite?

At NE Day Spot, people with early to moderate memory loss and other health conditions  make new friends,   exercise their bodies and   engage their minds.
Pre-assessment required to determine eligibility
Sliding fee scale, $0-$45 per day
To learn more and schedule a pre-assessment, call 612-787-4085 .
Lunch with Friends
Saturday, August 10th  
(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 by noon on Friday, August 9th.
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, August 16th ( 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.
Memo ry CafĂ© 
Thursday, September 5  (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. 
The September topic will be a discussion on Labor Day: Stories of Work!
Click here to learn more about Memory Cafes.
Vital Living Engagement
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. 

At East Side, our high quality and diverse programming provides a tremendous opportunity for volunteers age 65+ who want to share their time and talents.
Contact Jennifer at 612-787-4014 to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities.
Vital Living NE Day Spot Volunteer
Position: NE Day Spot Friend
Now accepting volunteer applications for NE Day Spot Friends.
Your compassion and sense of community has a new place to shine at the NE Day Spot opening in June.
Safe and engaging respite is vital for caregivers and the people they care for. Working with East Side staff, volunteers help create a community of care by being a NE Day Spot Friend. Spend your day engaged in a wide variety of activities with participants. Training for this position is provided with a focus on working with people experiencing memory loss and their care partners. Shifts are from 9-3 on Fridays. We ask that volunteers commit to 2 shifts a month so they become a familiar face to participants. 

Northeast Child Development Center Volunteer
Position: Preschool Activity Lead
Do you have the heart of an early childhood educator? Come share learning and smiles with us!
Join us for one hour as you are able in our bright and newly remodeled learning center to share storytelling, art, music or science activities and experiences with children ages 3-5. With classroom staff supervising, our students will supply enthusiasm and lots of questions for your activity. We will also provide the materials you may need. 
For more information on volunteering, contact Jennifer  at 612-787-4104 or

Vital Living Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays 
Through August 22
10:00-11:00 am
New Class starts September 23!
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. 
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
Wednesdays,  September 18 - November 6, 12:30-2:30 pm
Maintain independence and improve balance! In this awar d winning workshop, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, set goals for increasing activity, and exercise to improve strength and balance. This eight week interactive program meets weekly for two hours.

To register for Vital Living classes, call 612-787-4086 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.  
Resources for Vital Living
East Side Neighborhood Services &  Kairos Alive!
In the fall and winter of 2018 and 2019, East Side
hosted several Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Halls.  Kairos Alive! intergenerational, intercultural performances deliver a vision of what community can be: all ages, all backgrounds, all abilities - dancing together.  Our friends at Green Jeans media created a video celebrating our experiences
Please take a few minutes to watch the fun and see the energy children, adults and older people create when engaging together! Use this link:
To locate upcoming Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Halls, click here

Funding 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 and additional support from a Live Well at Home grant from the MN Department of Human Services.
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, 
Hennepin County Library's "At Home Service"
Are you a Hennepin Country resident who is unable to visit the library due to illness, disability or visual impairment? At Home Service is a resource you should know about! How it works:

Library materials and services are delivered in person by a volunteer or sent through the U.S. Mail at no charge to you with return postage included. At Home Service provides you with access to a wide range of materials and services from Hennepin County Library, such as: Large and regular print books, Books on CD, DVDs, Music CDs, Magazines, Newspaper articles, Information from the internet. To begin At Home Service, request materials or ask questions, call: 612-543-8850 Mon-Fri 10-5, or email:
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 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. 
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413