East Side Review Bulletin Board August 5, 2018

Family course on mental illnesses offered 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 4,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course. Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The Family-to-Family course will meet weekly for 12 weeks on Mondays starting Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., suite 400, in St. Paul. For information or to register (required), call Helen at 763-227-0271.


QPR - suicide prevention class 

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. The QPR class will be offered in St. Paul on Aug. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., suite 400. For more information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


Elder Café  

East Side Elder’s monthly Elder Café gathering returns on Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. at 463 Maria Ave. In addition to a meal and a chance to socialize, there will also be an informative presentation by the Learning Lab. There have been many technology advances that can make it easier for older adults to live in their home for as long as they are able. The Learning Lab is a great resource to find the right equipment for you and your loved ones. To RSVP for the event, call 651-683-2326 or send an email to Info@EastSideElders.org to reserve your spot or request transportation on an accessible van. Space on the van is limited, so please make reservations as soon as possible. Cost for the event is $5 per guest. Payment can be made by cash, check, or card. Punch cards are available to purchase at the door. If you have a special diet, please let East Side Elders know at least one week before the event if you have special requests. There will be no Elder Café event in September due to renovations. The next event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11., which will include a presentation about changes to Medicare. 


Help with grocery shopping

Did you know that East Side Elders can help you and your loved one with grocery shopping?  It is part of East Side Elder’s  mission to support caregivers in the community. Grocery shopping takes time — time that may be better spent having fun with your family, reading a good book, or maybe getting in a quick nap. Let East Side Elders take a chore off your long to-do list.  To get help with grocery shopping, call East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or send an email to Info@EastSideElders.org with a detailed list. From there, East Side Elders will put a call out to the grocery shopping team and schedule a day and time that works for you and the volunteer for delivery.  As with other services, grocery shopping is donation-based.  You can donate what you can for the convenience of not having to head out to the store.  Reimbursement for the groceries can be done directly with the volunteer — they will bring you a receipt when they make their delivery.    


Dayton’s Bluff morning social 

The Dayton’s Bluff Library is hosting a monthly morning social — the first Tuesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Join in for coffee, cards, and coloring. The library is located at 645 East Seventh St. For questions, call the library at 651-793-1699.


East Side Elders seeking donations

With the help of supporters, East Side Elders is able to supply groceries and personal care items to seniors in the community, at no charge to them.  These items help stretch their monthly budgets and give them access to healthy food and much-needed personal care products.  Right now, East Side Elders is in need of donations of shampoo for their clients.  All brands are accepted and please consider also including shampoo for different hair types and textures.  For some ideas, check out the East Side Elders Amazon Wish List. When you purchase from the Wish List, the items are sent directly to the East Side Elders office.  Donations can also be dropped off at East Side Elders, 463 Maria Ave., suite 201. A printable wish list can also be found on the website at eastsideelders.org.

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