Vital Living programs at ESNS
January 5 - March 22
Ongoing Support Groups: Via Zoom, The East Side Caregiver Support Groups can connect you to the community resources you need, help you meet and support other people with similar experiences, teach self-care strategies and coping techniques and allow you to vent, share your personal experiences, and leave feeling better for it. Attendance is open to any adult 18+ years of age who is a caregiver for an older adult. First time participants will need to request a link and password to enter the calls. Caregiver Support Group: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12-1 pm, and Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2-3 pm. LGBTQ Caregiver Group: Monday, Jan. 24, 1-2 pm. Contact Liz at LFlavin@esns.org or 612-787-4076
NE Day Spot: Weekly on Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 am-noon via Zoom. NE Day Spot is a virtual gathering place for those seeking to reduce stress in their daily lives through art, music, movement, and community. Whether you’re learning to care for yourself, or care for others, make time for 60-90 minutes of curated, online programming–designed to offer each participant a chance to get creative and curious while making meaningful community connections. A safe(er) space for anyone who partners in another person’s care, or who is receiving care from others, those living with memory loss or other chronic conditions or folks looking for respite. You are welcome to join at no cost, although space is limited. Worried you won’t have what you need at home? NE Day Spot volunteers will hand-deliver all materials needed for any given activity. Contact Lisa Harrigan at 612-787-4023 or by email at LHarrigan@esns.org.
Reimagining Aging Book Club: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9-10 am via Zoom. Bring your coffee and join a monthly discussion of engaging and enlightening books about aging and what it means to live a vital life today. Reframe the idea of aging as opportunity — the opportunity to reach out to other generations, share wisdom, and learn new ways of living in the world. January 8: “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng; February 12: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett; March 12: “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich. Registration: 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls: Tuesdays, Feb. 1-March 22, 10 am-noon via Zoom. Maintain independence and improve balance. In this award-winning class, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, 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. Participants must have a computer or tablet (with a camera and microphone) or a smartphone. Registered participants will receive class information prior to the class start date. Contact 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org. Donations accepted based on a cost share. Register: https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/2811
Treasuring Memories: Treasuring Memories is a place where everyone can come together to speak about their memories and share stories from their lives. Each session is led by East Side Neighborhood Services’ Vital Living staff, who offer a story prompt to get the stories started. Tell the stories you would like to share, the wisdom you’ve gained, or listen to others share their stories. This hour of pleasure and fun is designed to bring peace, joy, and happiness. Weekly on Thursdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 3, 10-11 am via Zoom. 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org. There is no cost to join.