Living Well with Diabetes: Fridays, May 10-June 14, 10 am-12 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 solve problems they encounter. This class meets two hours a week for six weeks.
Caregiver Support Group: Friday, May 17, 10-11:30 am. Family members, friends or neighbors who help care for an older adult, share support, understanding, tips and joy with others who are in a similar situation. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone who just gets it.
Memoirs of Memory: An Intergenerational Arts Project: Saturday, May 18, 12-3 pm. NEMAA’s 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 visit 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. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-787-4086.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance: Mondays and Thursdays, June 3-August 22, 10-11 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.
Memory Café: Thursday, June 6, first Thursday of the month. 10-11:30 am. Want to meet other families who are living with memory loss? Join them for a social group at East Side for people with dementia and their care partners. No RSVP needed.
NE Day Spot: 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. Pre-assessment required to determine eligibility. Sliding fee scale, $0-$45 per day. Info: 612-787-4085.
Mondays, through March 25, 10-11 am. $30. Aimed at people 55 and better, this class uses body weight and other fitness props to strengthen muscles, build power and improve joint mobility and stability. This six-week class is great for both those new to strength training and those looking for a cross training program to enhance their summer sports: biking, golfing, swimming, hiking, running, pickleball? You name it. Because you are using your own body weight, you will work at the pace and level that is just right for you. Instructor, Mia Bremer. Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE, 612-370-4920. Register: minneapolisparks.org.
The Legacy of St. Anthony is the 2018 MADACS Award Winner for Senior Property Excellence. Celebrate with the St. Anthony Community for helping make The Legacy such a warm home for everyone who lives there. Join them on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2:15 pm, for free music, treats, and celebration. RSVP by calling 612-843-3700. The Legacy of St. Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
Join longtime fitness specialist and Northeast resident Mia Bremer for one or all of these fun fitness camps. Each topic is important for active adults who want to keep doing what they enjoy for decades to come. The workshops are education and activity-based, so come dressed to move. $5 per class, register for one or all. 10-11 am, Northeast Recreation Center Gym, 1530 Johnson St. NE. Info: minneapolisparks.org.
Better Balance for Better Performance in Sport and in Life, Monday, June 18.
Stay Flexible in 10 Minutes-A-Day, Monday, June 25.
Fitness Assessments with a Personal Trainer, for active older adults, call Heidi Miller or Nick at 612-370-4920 to sign up for a 45-minute assessment/coaching, or register online, minneapolisparks.org.
Strength, Cardio and Flexibility Assessments, Tuesday, June 26 and Tuesday, July 24.
Balance Assessments, Tuesday, July 10 and Tuesday, August 7.
Fall Prevention Workshop, free and open to the public Friday, June 1, 1:30-3 pm. Hosted by Fitness Crossroad, 2912 Pentagon Drive, St. Anthony. All are welcome. Call to reserve your spot today, 612-788-1100. Light snacks and beverages provided. The workshop includes a discussion of risk factors of falls, safety tips to prevent falls, an introduction to low-impact fall prevention, exercises to improve balance, and hands-on practice getting up from a fall. Led by Lauren Kvasnicka, MPH, Senior Wellness Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Info: fitnesscrossroad.com.
Metro Paint-A-Thon, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, helps income eligible seniors and people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes, enriching their lives and their neighborhoods. Every summer, more than a thousand volunteers scrape, prime, and paint homes in Hennepin and Ramsey counties and neighboring cities at no cost to the homeowner. This year, volunteers from companies, congregations, civic groups, and schools will paint homes throughout the summer, with the primary focus coming the weekend of August 5-6.
To qualify for Paint-A-Thon, homeowners must: own and occupy a single-family home in need of painting, but not major repairs; live in Hennepin or Ramsey counties or neighboring cities; be 60 years of age or older, or have a permanent physical disability (if younger than 60); and meet monthly income guidelines.
If you have a neighbor, friend, or family member who could benefit from this program, or if you yourself are an eligible homeowner, call the Metro Paint-A-Thon office at 612-276-1579 or email email@example.com for further information or to request an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14. Info: gmcc.org.
Open enrollment for Medicare begins Oct. 15, and an Oct. 8 offering in Northeast Minneapolis will provide helpful information in advance. Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA), East Side Neighborhood Services, and Northeast Senior Services, Inc. will host free presentations on Medicare on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second Street NE. MAAA’s state-certified Senior LinkAge Line® health insurance counselors will explain what Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D cover; who is eligible for Medicare; when and how to enroll in Medicare; what the donut hole is and what extra help is available to lower prescription drug costs; and how the Senior LinkAge Line® can help answer Medicare questions. Attendees will walk away with helpful information and a resource to turn to for help. Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7) is a time for current Medicare beneficiaries to review their prescription drug costs and make changes for 2017, if necessary. As part of the presentations, attendees can also sign up for a one-hour health insurance counseling appointment to get answers to their specific Medicare questions. Counseling is also available over the phone by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 or at one of more than 41 health insurance counseling sites across the seven county metropolitan area. For more information or to register for the Medicare presentations on Oct. 8, call 651-917-4657.