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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 WednesdaySecond Wednesday

Join us every second Wednesday, Sept - 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. NEW in 2019! NLC’s Parish Nurse, Susan O’Connell will present interesting health topics during coffee time. Topics will vary month to month. The first presentation will be “Rethink Your Drink.” Blood Pressure Screening will be offered each month as well. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to cover cost of lunch.

Events Schedule:

10:00 am | Healthy Living with Parish Nurse, Treats, Conversation | Fireside Room
10:30 am | Book Club | Rms 212-213
11:30 am | Matins Worship with Holy Communion | Chapel
12:00pm  | Lunch | Fellowship Hall
1:00 pm   | Program | Fellowship Hall

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.

For more information about these sessions and the support group that follows Saturday at 10:30 am, 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 the Center 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:

Footcare News!

HealthDrive, a national integrated healthcare provider, will now be providing Podiatry Services at the Center for Healing & Wholeness. Most insurance plans accepted including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana. Contact Patti Hankes at 952-929-1698 to schedule your appointment.

Podiatry Clinic

Wednesday, August 7
9:00 am – 12:00 noon | Rooms 212-213

Provided by HealthDrive 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. Appointments are required. Contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 to schedule.

For more information, visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website:

T’ai Chi

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

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 Cheryl Nickelson at 952.977.9374.

Upcoming Events 


Mindful Meditation and Relaxation

Saturday, Aug 10 | 9:00 – 10:30 am | Multi-Purpose Rm N

Practice living mindfully in this FREE 90-minute seated Mindful Meditation & Relaxation class. This class will utilize breath work, and guided meditation to aide you in relaxation. Techniques offered in this class can be used in your everyday life to help you live each day more intentionally and fully. Give your body and spirit the space, time, and effort you deserve to center and awaken your senses and self.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tuesdays, Jul 23 – Aug 27 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm | Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Caregiver HelpbookThis small group workshop is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge and self-care tools to help you take care of yourself, while caring for the ones you love. Participants receive a copy of The Caregiver HelpBook, a valuable resource developed specifically for the class. Stipends to help pay for transportation available!

FEE:  Sliding fee scale - $0 to $20

Register now by calling 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.

55+ Driver Improvement Class

TBD |  12:00 – 4:00 pm  |  Rooms 209-211

Driver improvement classes are being offered at Normandale.  To register, call 1.888.234.1294. Cost: $22

Seeing Clearly with Gerry Fuzzey

TBD | 10:30-11:30am | 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.