Vital Living News
September 2019 

Happy Intergenerational Awareness Month!

September is Intergenerational Awareness Month, and it is meant to reflect the importance of uniting our generations and learning how to value one another.  

For so many years, societal and economic changes have driven apart age groups in our country. So with the start of autumn, comes the reminder of how enormous value exists when we have relationships with those who are living a different stage in life than ourselves.  

As the leaves change color and the wind gets chillier, come explore what's new with Vital Living this September!  

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
Reimagining Aging Book Club
Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St NE
2nd Saturday starting in September | 9:00-10:30 AM
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" by Tia Powell
November 9: " Women Rowing North" by Mary Pipher
To participate and/or learn more, call 612-787-4085 or email
Nordeast Big River Beer Fest
Sa turday, October 5, 1-4 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. 
SAVE THE DATE! Healthy Connections: Flu Shots , Health Screenings, Medicare Info and More!
Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Join us and our partners and prepare for the season ahead. More details in the October newsletter.
9:00-12:00 -- Flu Shots, Blood pressure checks, nutrition information, and more!
9:00-9:45 -- What's New with Medicare!
10:00-10:45 -- Eldercare Attorney, Legalese for caregivers!
11:00-11:45 -- Tai Ji Quan, How to Move for Better Balance! 
Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
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
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
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, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
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, September 14th  
(2nd Saturday of the month)
11 AM-1 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, September 13th.
Caregiver Support Group
Friday, September 20th ( 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 5th  (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
colorful hands raised with text Volunteers Make a Difference
Be someone who makes someone else look forward to tomorrow.

Enjoy the company of others while engaging in a volunteer opportunity that highlights your talents and utilizes your experience. 
Contact Jennifer at 612-787-4014 to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities.
This month we are highlighting the following opportunities:
Vital Living Volunteer
Position: NE Day Spot Friend 
Safe and engaging respite is vital for caregivers and the people they care for. 
Time will fly while you are having fun as a friendly respite volunteer.
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. Shifts are from 9 AM-Noon and Noon-3 PM on Fridays. We ask that volunteers commit to 2-4 shifts a month so they become a familiar face to participants. Don't hesitate to be this special person that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Northeast Child Development Center Volunteer
Position: Preschool Activity Lead
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 
September 23 - December 16
10:00-11:00 am
This Tai Ji 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.  
Resources for Vital Living
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,
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
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 &  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.
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413