December, 2019 Newsletter
Our Mission: 
The Block Nurse Program link older adults in the Como Park/Falcon Heights area with community resources, using staff and volunteers.  Our services support independence, increase opportunities for socialization and promote safety for adults as they age.

Meet Bill Rasmussen, author of this month's
Health Minute:
Spending The Holidays Solo – With Great Remembrances
 Many of us spend a great deal of time over the holidays by ourselves.  This can bring on a touch of the blues, but blues can be combatted with a source of happiness and contentment.  This comes by recalling fond memories of your families and friends that you have come to Love and cherish!  We can also kindle a flame of excitement and think of 2020 as a year of making new friends and having fun!  I’ll borrow the title of one of Frank Sinatra’s songs addressing life: “The Best Is Yet To Come!”
  • To brighten your day, here are subjects for reminiscing during the holidays:
  • Technology: How has technology changed your world in the past 60 years?
  • Teachers: Who were your favorite and least favorite teachers?
  • The 1960s: What were you doing? Which songs were you singing? Which TV shows did you watch?
  • Nutrition: What was the food like in the past? Did people go on diets?
  • High-School Days: Were there bullies? How about drugs, gangs, nerds, peer pressure, rock & roll and cars?
  • Winter comforts: What are the best comforts of winter? Food, clothes, activities?
  • Old Time Radio: Which radio ads do you remember best? Palmolive, Coty. How about radio plays? Avengers, Benny Goodman, Buck Rogers, Dad and Dave?
  • Bedtime stories: What were your favorite stories? Were there any stories you were afraid of? Who told you stories when you were a child?
  • Road Trip Memories: When was your first time in a big city or first time on a farm. Did anyone say: “Are we there yet?”
  • Children’s pastimes: What sort of games did you play? Great TV shows? Comic strips magazines? Movie matinees? 
  • Medication: What was the most popular cough syrup. How often did people go to hospital? Were babies born at home? Did homemade remedies work or were they just 'old wives tales'?
  • Vintage Hollywood Movies: What were our favorite movies and who were your favorite movie stars?
  • Saturday Matinee Serials: Do you remember Zorro? The Adventures of Captain Marvel? Flash Gordon? Sherlock Holmes? How about the episodes which ended in scary cliffhangers?
Have you ever wanted to be an actor?  Are you over 55 and interested in giving it a try? Then, Theatre 55 is the place for you. It provides a wide spectrum of acting experiences in a nurturing environment. Auditions for RENT are taking place as soon as December 9, 10 & 11.
Concerned about falling or managing pain?  Start the new year right with a Juniper healthy living class near you.  All classes are free and based on research so you can count on getting results that make a difference in your life! 
Sign up for one of these upcoming classes now.
  • Location:  Blue Cross Blue Shield retail center at 1647 County Road B2 West in Roseville
    • Tai Ji Quan - Moving for Better Balance - Tai Chi adapted to decrease the risk of falls.  January 6 - April 1 (12 weeks); Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:15 – 9:15 am. 
    • A Matter of Balance - Addresses concerns about falling through interactive discussions and light exercises starting in the third week.  January 22 – March 11 (8 weeks); Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 
    • Living Well with Chronic Pain – Helps you build strategies to address chronic pain and live fully.  February 17 – March 23 (6 weeks); Mondays from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.                       
  • Location:  Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging at 1265 Grey Fox Road in Arden Hills
    • Tai Ji Quan - Moving for Better Balance - Tai Chi adapted to decrease the risk of falls.  January 6 - April 1 (12 weeks); Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00.
For more information and to register for any of the above classes, call Rachel Von Ruden at  651-917-4622 or e-mail 
Copyright © 2016 Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program. All rights reserved.
July 2016

Our Phone: 651-642-1127  
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Our mailing address is:
1376 Hoyt Ave. W.  
St. Paul, MN 55108

Our program is made possible by funding from:
MN Department of Human Services - Live Well At Home Grant
Ramsey County
City of Falcon Heights 
St Paul City Council, Ward 5 - Councilmember Amy Brendmoen
Stevens Square Grant
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Community Development Block Grant
Otto Bremmer Trust
Individual/Private Donors


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