Vital Living News
May 2019 

Connect, Create, Contribute

The Administration for Community Living says, "Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives."  Every May, we celebrate Older Americans Month -- this year the theme is Connect, Create, Contribute.

In recognition of Older Americans Month, Vital Living celebrates the start of an intergenerational dementia awareness arts project called Memoirs of Memory! We are using art to explore what memory means to us across the lifespan. Memoirs of Memory seeks to gather and assemble quotes, short stories, snippets, and poems that address the questions of what memory is and what it means to each of us. 

We invite you to share your voice and your story. Join us as we launch our Memoirs of Memory project at this year's Art-A-Whirl on Saturday, May 18th (more details below). And we invite you to continue empowering yourself with the many health and wellness classes that we offer!

Happy Older Americans Month!

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...
Classes: Maintain your Well-being
Engagement : Connect through Volunteering
Caregiving Support : Gain Emotional and Practical Support
Events: Lifelong Learning
Resources : To ols for Staying Independent
Vital Living Classes
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.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays & Thursdays through May 23
10:00-11:00 am

New class starts in June!
Mondays & Thursdays 
June 3 - 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
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.
Contact Jennifer at 612-787-4104 or to learn more.
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.

Community Engagement Opportunity
Position: Eastside Food Co-op Board Member
Eastside Food Co-op is accepting applications for Board Members.
As a cooperative, Eastside Co-op is only as strong as its ownership. The Board traditionally has been a diverse group of people with a wide range of skills who have helped the co-op become a vibrant organization that benefits our owners and serves our community of Northeast Minneapolis and the surrounding area.
Information sessions will be held Monday, May 20 and Saturday, June 15. Applications are due Monday, July 1 at 5:00pm. Contact for more information.
Vital Living Caregiving
Connect to your community
The Vital Living team is grateful for the caregivers we've met and connected with. Talking to someone who understands caregiving can be an incredibly powerful experience! We invite you to join one of our groups or call our Caregiver Coach. Your caregiving community is here for you.

Contact Parichay Rudina, LISW, at
612-787-4085 or email
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, May 17 ( 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
Memo ry CafĂ© 
Thursday, June 6 (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.
NE Day Spot
Starts June 7, 2019!
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.
Every Friday, 10 AM-2 PM, Starting June 7, 2019
Pre-assessment required to determine eligibility
Sliding fee scale, $0-$45 per day
To learn more, call 612-787-4085 .
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. 
Memoirs of Memory: An Intergenerational Arts Project
Saturday, May 18, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Art-A-Whirl at East Side Neighborhood Services
Research has demonstrated that art has beneficial effects on health and well-being throughout the lifespan. This includes memory, and is especially true for persons living with memory loss. Intergenerational engagement has similarly been shown to have positive impacts on quality of life for persons of all ages.

The Vital Living team will be visiting various venues over the summer to ask community members prompts on memory such as "What words or phrases draw you into a pleasant childhood memory?" Answers will be pulled together into a chap book/zine/or other piece of art to share with the community.

Our first venue will be Art-a-Whirl at East Side. If you're in the neighborhood, please join us and share your "Memoir of Memory."  To learn more, contact us at or 612-787-4086
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. 
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
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.
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