Vital Living News
June 2019 

Opening Soon! NE Day Spot

For someone caring for an older adult with memory loss or other health condition, it is easy to become isolated. And t here are multiple studies on the negative effects social isolation has on people of all ages.

Carey Wexler Sherman, a gerontologist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, says, "Caregiving is done with a lot of love and affection, but there's a lot of loss involved." She adds, "People talk about friends disappearing, about even family members not wanting to be involved. It's a lonely business."
The result is both the caregiver and the person being cared can feel isolated. One solution is "group respite" - bringing the person you care for to a program designed to offer them social engagement through activities with others while the caregiver is taking some time to themselves.

NE Day Spot, at East Side's Community Room, is designed to be a safe, engaging and fun place for the person being cared for while providing the caregiver a break. 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.

Please look for details on East Side's programs for caregivers and care receivers under Vital Living Caregiving below!

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 Caregiving
Connect to your community
Whether you're looking for a community of people who are living with memory loss or other health conditions (NE Day Spot), people who are caregiving (Caregiver Support Group) or an open and comfortable space for both of you to connect and engage (Memory Cafe & Lunch with Friends), Vital Living's Caregiving Support is here
for you. Join us to enjoy the company of others in a similar situation. 

Contact Parichay Rudina, LISW, at
612-787-4085 or email
Lunch with Friends
Saturday, June 8  
(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 Friday.
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, June 21 ( 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.
NE Day Spot
Starts June 28, 2019!
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 .
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. 
There will be no Memory Cafe in July. The August topic will be your Northeast Minneapolis connection to the neighborhood. Bring your favorite Northeast story!
Click here to learn more about Memory Cafes.
Vital Living Classes
Living Well with Chronic Pain
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 17, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 
2730 East 31st St
Living Well with Chronic Pain includes techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and how to evaluate new treatments.  This class meets two hours a week for six weeks at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Please RSVP with East Side (see below).
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 612-787-4083 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 Engagement
Connect Through Volunteering
At East Side, our high quality and diverse programming provides a tremendous opportunity to volunteers age 65+ who want to share their time and talents.
We are looking for people who want to share gifts of the hands (playing an instrument, singing, painting, gardening, cooking, sewing, dancing), gifts of the head (having knowledge about local history, speaking another language, financial expertise) or gifts of the heart (being friendly, enjoying a good joke, being passionate about an issue). We have a place for you to bring your gifts and share them with another generation. 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: Activity Lead
Do you have any Generation Z friends? If not, we are preschoolers and we would like to spend time with you.
East Side  is proud to provide children with a learning environment that is safe, welcoming, educational and fun. Join us for one hour a week in our bright and newly remodeled learning center to share 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. A stipend is included with this position.  
Contact Margie at 612-787-4025 or for more information.

Vital Living Events
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.
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 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 Vital Living for more information at 612-787-4086. 
June 6 at 2:30pm, Nokomis Library
June 24 at 11:00am, Washburn Library
Dementia education is supported, in part, by a grant from the MN Board on Aging.
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 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