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Seniors at Normandale

On-Going Activities

Seniors at NLC enjoy regular on-going activities and special one-time events. Please read below and come join the community!

Second Wednesday

Join us every second Wednesday, September - May, for this monthly social event!
Second Wednesday is a monthly social and spiritual program of connection for those over age 65. The event begins at 10:00 am on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, and features mid-morning fellowship, games, blood pressure checks, book-club discussions, lunch, and a program following lunch. Attendees are invited to take part in any or all events and can check-in at the Fireside Room for information on the various activities. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to cover cost of lunch.

Events Schedule for September 12:

10:00 am | Treats & Conversation | Fireside Room
10:30 am | Book Club | The Restless Wave by John McCain, led by Bud Meadley | Room 213
11:30 am | Matins Worship | Chapel
12:00 noon | Lunch: Penne Pasta & Meatballs | Fellowship Hall
1:00 pm | Program: Guest Speakers Jennifer Monroe from the Center for Healing & Wholeness and Edina Mayor, Jim Hovland

Questions? Contact Janet Devine at or 952.929.1697.

We have established a bus service to Normandale for Second Wednesday each month. This service is provided by Transit Link, a service by Metropolitan Council. Cost is $4.50 for a roundtrip ride; this price applies to anyone within 10 miles of Normandale. If you are interested in receiving a ride or have questions, call Fred Arndt at 612.275.4622 or Janet Devine at 952.929.1697.


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Sessions

Second Saturday of the Month  |  September 8, 2018 – May 11, 2019  |  9:00–10:30 am  |  Rooms 205-206

Education sessions are presented by the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter. Respite is available during the education session and the support group immediately afterwards. For more details, see below. A respite group is available during the support group on Saturday. Call Katie Heitzig at 952-977-9374 to reserve your spot. 

October’s topic is Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, Early Stage.  This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

For more information about these sessions and the support group that follows Saturday at 10:30, contact Mary Cordell at 952-977-9363 or visit the Center’s website 

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups

Second Saturday of Every Month  |  10:30 am – 12 Noon | Room 205-206
Third Wednesday of Every Month |  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Room 205-206

These no cost Caregiver Support Groups, supported by the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter, provide a time for caregivers of all ages to meet others in the same situation, learn from each other and develop a mutual support system. Choose the support group that best fits your schedule. A respite group is available during the support group on Saturday. Call Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374 to reserve your spot. For more details, click here.

For more information, contact Mary Cordell at 952.977.9363 or visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website:

Podiatry Clinic

Wednesday, October 3 & Thursday, October 4 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon | Rooms 212-213

Provided by On-Site Podiatry and coordinated through the Center for Healing & Wholeness. Payments can be billed to your insurance company and most insurance plans are accepted. Medicare (Part B) typically covers 80% of your nail care every 61 days. If you have seen the ON-SITE podiatrist before, you can choose to pay a negotiated $35 out-of-pocket fee for a basic nail trim.

Arrive 15 minutes early for a free foot soak.  

For more information, visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website:
Contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 to schedule an appointment.

T’ai Chi

Every Thursday  |  1:30–2:30 pm  |  Studio B (1st Floor)

*No T'ai Chi on Thursday, August 30! Classes will resume on September 6.

T’ai Chi cultivates relaxation, balance, strength, and flexibility…both in body and mind. Cost is $8 per class.

For more information, contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 or visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website:
Home Respite

Could your elderly loved one benefit from time with others? Do you help care for a loved one and could use some time to yourself? The Center offers home respite for all aging members of the congregation as well as members of the community. We will meet with you and work to match a volunteer to your loved one, taking into consideration their needs and hobbies.

To start home respite, or for more information on this, contact our volunteer coordinator Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374.

Upcoming Events 


NIA at Normandale

Mondays - now extended through Sept 24! | 6:30 – 7:30pm | Multi-Purpose North

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness.  It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Each class offers a unique combination of moves corresponding to the main areas of the body:  the base, the core and the upper extremities. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities by choosing from three intensity levels. Contact the Center at 952.929.1698 to register or receive more information.

Matter of Balance

Aug 20, 27, Sept 10, 17, 20, 27, Oct 8, 15 | 1:00-3:00pm | Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

This 8-week, small group workshop can help you improve your quality of life and increase your independence. Through exercise, discussion and group activity you will learn to:

  • Increase activity level, strength and balance
  • Recognize fall hazards in the home and community
  • Learn how to be assertive about fall prevention and more.

Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from living an active, enjoyable life!  Cost:  Based on sliding fee scale - $0 to $45 maximum cost share for all eight classes.

To register or receive more information, call the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1698. Registration deadline is August 13.

Supported in part through funding from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging – Healthy Living as You Age initiative

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Mondays, Sept 24 – Oct 29 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Wooddale Church – Room 158, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie

This weekly small-group education program is designed to provide caregivers with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to:

  • Take better care of yourself
  • Identify and reduce your personal stress
  • Communicate your feelings, need, and concerns
  • Communicate in challenging situations
  • Increase your ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate and use community resources

Cost:  Based on sliding fee scale - $0 to $45 maximum cost share for all six classes.

To register or receive more information, call the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1698.

This service is available with limited funding support under Title III-E of The Older Americans Act.

Flu Clinic

Wednesday, October 10 | 2:00-4:30pm | Rooms 212-213

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death. Please get your flu shots to protect yourself, others and your loved ones. Bring your insurance card. No registration needed.

55+ Driver Improvement Class

Monday, October 22 |  12:00 – 4:00 pm  |  Rooms 209, 210, 211

Driver improvement classes are being offered at Normandale.  To register, call 1.888.234.1294.

Cost:  $22

Seeing Clearly with Gerry Fuzzey

Wednesday, November 14 | 10:00-11:30am | Fireside Room

Gerry Fuzzey, a volunteer retired optician can fit, adjust, and do minor repairs on most eyeglasses.  No fee and no appointment needed!  Stop by his table and have him take a look at your glasses.

The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness

The Center for Healing & Wholeness (the Center) at Normandale Lutheran Church “walks with” older adults in transition and their family caregivers to support health in spirit, mind, and body. The Center offers holistic services and collaborative programming to help seniors age in place and make difficult transitions. Services are offered to strengthen and maintain seniors’ connections with their communities, alleviate isolation, maintain and improve health, extend independence, and enhance quality of life.

Founded in 1998 as an outreach mission of Normandale Lutheran Church, the Center served over 500 seniors and family members within the congregation and the broader community last year, including individuals residing in Edina, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, Bloomington, Richfield and the surrounding Southwest suburban metropolitan area. The Center expands its capacity through direct service partnerships with over a dozen community-based nonprofits and partners serving seniors and caregivers in the broader Twin Cities.

Services provided include: trained volunteers in the form of companions and friendly visitors providing support in the home; healthy aging health education and wellness classes; social work, supportive services and resource consultations at home or at the Center at the church; Alzheimer's education, individual support and support groups; caregiver education, training and respite services; adaptive medical equipment loans; and much more. For a detailed listing of services offered, look through our current Programs and Services catalog or click here to visit the Center’s website.

For more information or to connect with staff, call the Center directly at 952.929.1698.