Vital Living News

In This Issue
February 2019

We're starting the new year with a new name  -- Vital Living.   We'll be bringing you new and expanded programs on Health and Wellness, Caregiving Resources, Dementia Education, and Intergenerational Engagement in the months ahead! 

Meet the Vital Living team! Vital Living Staff   Left to Right:
Nate CannonDementia Education and Awareness Coordinator 
Jennifer GrilliotIntergenerational Engagement Manager 
Linnea TweedDirector of Vital Living
Parichay Rudina Family Caregiver Coach and Consultant
Carmel San JuanVital Living Program Coordinator

Vital Living is supported in p art by a Live Well at Home grant from the MN Department of Human Services.
Vital Living Luncheon
Vital Living Luncheon: Attitude of Gratitude
Tuesday, February 19
10:00-11:00 Dance Hall
11:30 Luncheon Seating
We are grateful for you and our amazing  community. Please share our
"Attitude of Gratitude" for another  fabulous year and enjoy a delicious meal,
live music, and door prizes. Lunch tickets are available for $5 through ESNS. For additional information on the Vital Living Luncheon and Kairos Alive Intergenerational Dance Hall, call East Side at 612-781-6011.
Work up an appetite during the free da nce party in ou r community room at 10:00 am.  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.
Kairos Alive Dance Hall is 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.
Vital Living Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays March 4 - 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.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
Thursdays,  March 7 - April 25, 1:00-3:00 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 612-787-4083 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
Neighborhood Story Circles
Mondays, through February 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly *
1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Please join us for one of these series of Story Circles, an opportunity to meet your neighbors and share memories together. Invite  a neighbor or bring a friend.  Enjoy refreshments while you share your stories. There is no cost to attend. For more information and transportation questions, call Jennifer at 612-787-4101.
Dementia Education and Awareness 
East Side's Dementia Education and Awareness Coordinator, Nate Cannon, will be offering several 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 those 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. 
Saint Anthony: 
    February 17 th at 9:00am: Nativity Lutheran Church
    March 11th at 1:30pm: Southdale Library
    April 9th at 1:30pm: Southdale Library          
    April 17th at 10:30am: Southdale Library        
    May 14th at 6:30pm: Southdale Library
St. Louis Park:
    April 16th at 6:00pm: St. Louis Park Library
    April 22nd at 2:00pm: St. Louis Park Library
Dementia education is supported, in part, by a grant from the MN Board on Aging.
February is American Heart Month!
Learn to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Wednesday, February 27, 12:30-1:30pm
What would you do if someone near you went into cardiac arrest? Bruce Wizik from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will tell us how an AED saved his life and share with us how simple an AED can be to use. 
There is no cost to attend but please let us know if you will be joining us. For more information call Carmel at 612-787-4086.
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.
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 John for more information 612-787-4090, 
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