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Normandale Center Fosters Wellness for Older Adults

For close to 15 years, the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness has supported healthy body, mind and spirit for older adults and their family members. The nonprofit, faith-founded organization is based in Edina, Minnesota, and serves people in Edina, Bloomington and surrounding areas. More than 100 volunteers provide many of the Center's services.

Building on Strengths
The Center focuses on individuals' strengths and building long-term relationships with older adults in their communities. As a result, Center staff and volunteers are often at the leading edge of identifying the need for change. Read more.

Connecting to Resources
This made all the difference for one family who was just becoming aware of increasing dementia in its matriarch. Because their mother already received regular foot care at the Center, it was the first place her daughters turned for help. At the family's request, Center staff conducted a family meeting. At the meeting the family created an action plan that included borrowing a shower bench from the Center's Equipment Loan program to assist with bathing, learning more about Alzheimer's, finding information about home health care services, and touring memory care facilities. As a result, this family's mother is able to continue to live alone in her home but, now, more safely with the help of home health care services. She continues to receive foot care from the Center and her family uses the Center for caregiver support.

In-home Support
In its "Healthy Moves" program, the Center provides in-home assessment of readiness and then matches older adults with volunteer motivational coaches who help them learn simple exercises to do at home. Their "Telephonic Coaching" program provides telephone-based support to help older adults improve their health behaviors.

Producing Outcomes
Through their work, the Center strives to:

  • Establish or maintain seniors' connections with their communities
  • Alleviate isolation
  • Maintain/improve health
  • Extend independence 
  • Enhance quality of life 
  • Alleviate caregiver burden
  • Improve caregivers' capacity to continue in their supportive roles   

Upcoming classes include:
A Matter of Balance
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21, 2013  - 1-3 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church, Room 209-211
Cost: Sliding Fee Scale*

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? This 8-week program can help you improve your quality of life and increase your independence. 
 
Better Choices Better Health
Thursdays, April 18-May 23, 2013 - 1-3 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church Rooms 205-206
Cost: Sliding Fee Scale*

Are you age 60 and older with an ongoing health condition? You'll receive support, find practical ways to deal with pain, sleep issues and fatigue, manage weight and decrease your fall risk with this 6-week program.   

For more information or to register for classes visit the Normandale Center website or call 952-929-1697.  

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