Vital Living News
July 2019 

How to Live Forever

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift, has written a book called How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. 

"In How to Live Forever, Marc Freedman draws upon his skill as a masterful storyteller to demonstrate that the only way to live forever is to live together. He makes a compelling case that inspires us to connect people of different generations." -- Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP and author of Disrupt Aging

Mr. Freedman was a panelist at the closing plenary of Bridging the Generations Global Intergenerational Conference held in Portland, Oregon in June. Linnea Tweed, Director of Vital Living, attended the conference. She says, "Reframing our idea of aging as opportunity -- the responsibility to reach out to other generations, share wisdom and learn new ways of living in the world -- is how we can grow up and grow old together." 

How to Live Forever is one of the books we'll be reading as part of the Vital Living Book Club starting in September -- details under Vital Living Events.

We hope to see you in the neighborhood!

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 Engagement
Your Greatness is Not What You Have-It's What You Give.
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.
Employment and Training Department Volunteer
Position: Financial Coach  Help others entering or re-entering the workforce live a health y financial life.

If you have a background in personal finance, be the invaluable educator that shares solid money principles like the advantages of banking or re-banking, controlling credit card debit, the facts of pay loans, credit repair or avoiding scams. Financial coaches are asked to commit to at least one 1-hour workshop in their area of expertise. Flexible days and times. 

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 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, July 13   
(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, July 12th.
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, July 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.
Memo ry CafĂ© 
Thursday, August 1 (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 August topic will be your NE Minneapolis: Connection to the Neighborhood. Bring your favorite Northeast story!
Click here to learn more about Memory Cafes.
Vital Living Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays
Through August 22
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.
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.  
Vital Living Events
Dementia Education and Awareness 
East Side is providing Dementia Education and Awareness in Hennepin County by offering informational sessions open to the public. These one hour sessions are offered at a variety of locations and are  designed to provide key messages about dementia and how to support t hose with memory loss living in our community. Call Keri Schneider for more information at 612-787-4007.

Dementia education is supported, in part, by a grant from the MN Board on Aging.
Memoirs of Memory: Celebrating Art and Memory
Monday, July 29, 12:30-1:30 pm
This summer we launched a  community-based collaborative art project to give voice and artistic outlet to those living with dementia, their care partners, and raise awareness within the community about this increasingly important issue.
In this project, Memoirs of Memory, we've published various perspectives by gathering written passages from a diverse range of persons across the lifespan. Vital Living Program Coordinator, Carmel San Juan, has taken these passages and created works of art through three different zines. Join us to celebrate the conclusion of this summer's project with the release of series 3. There will be a chance for you to bring your creativity and add on to our artwork with your own reflections to one of these writing prompts:
  • What is memory?
  • What is one lesson that you'd like to share that memory has taught you?
Refreshments will be provided. Limited copies for purchase will be available. Please RSVP 612-787-4086 or
Use of Personal Story: Communicating with a person with memory loss
Thursday, August 15, 8:00-9:30 am
Join us and learn how to use personal stories to improve communications with a person with memory loss and to build one's legacy for future generations. Presenter Janelle Johnson is an engaging speaker with 30 years of experience in the field of aging services. She is a dementia care specialist with a passion for her work and a commitment to those with dementia. Janelle has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine. This 90 minute training is open to case managers, social workers, and community members -- CEU available. Join us for networking and refreshments at 7:45 am. Please let us know you're coming by calling 612-787-4086 or email
Vital Living Book Club
Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St NE
2nd Saturday September - November, 9:00-10:30
September 14, October 12, and November 9
This fall we're launching a book club in partnership with the Pierre Bottineau Library. In preparation, we've chosen three books to enlighten and engage us in a conversation about Vital Living. You may want to start reading now! The books:
"How to Live Forever" by Marc Freeman
"Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End" by Tia Powell
"Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's currents and Flourishing as We Age" by Mary Pipher
Look for more details in our August newsletter!
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.
Resources for Vital Living
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:
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 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