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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. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to cover cost of lunch.

Events Schedule for December 12:

10:00 am | Treats & Conversation | Fireside Room
10:30 am | Bingo & games, and prizes | Fireside Room
11:30 am | Matins Worship with Holy Communion | Chapel
12:00 noon | Lunch: Swedish Meatballs | Fellowship Hall
1:00 pm | Program: Christmas Sing-Along with Lorna Wolthoff, NLC organist

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. 

December 8 is Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

January 13 is Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage – Part 1

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 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, December 5 & Thursday, December 6
Thursday, January 3
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:
Appointments are required. Contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 to schedule.

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 Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374.

Upcoming Events 


55+ Driver Improvement Class

TBD |  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

January 9, 2019 | 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.