Seniors Health & Wellness/Urban Wisdom Steps

The Seniors Health & Wellness Program is intended to help American Indian older adults stay healthy, and prevent or manage health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease/stroke and other conditions that disproportionately impact American Indians. The Seniors Health and Wellness Program functions as part of the Native FAN (Fitness and Nutrition) Program by focusing on the special needs of American Indian elders who are age 45 and up.

The Seniors Program is also the designated Urban Wisdom Steps Program, a part of a network of programs promoting physical activity and health on all reservations in Minnesota. In particular, Wisdom Steps encourage Indian elders to engage in walking, and to record and report their steps through the program for incentives and prizes. By walking the Wisdom Steps path, elders teach the entire community about the importance of health. Wisdom Steps serves American Indian Elders age 55 and up.

Social activities for elders that help with program recruitment and retention, promote social support and community connectedness among participants, and which help combat depression and isolation which are common problems among elders.


  • Walking group Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 to 11:30 in the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s gym, with music, light refreshments and the good company of others!
  • Physical fitness training and coaching geared to older adults
  • Classes to help elders improve balance to prevent injury through falls
  • Participation in traditional dance activities such as Hoop Dancing
  • Monthly walking field trips to cultural institutions, parks and other culturally relevant locations
  • Nutrition education and cooking demonstrations
  • Diabetes self-management classes “Living with Diabetes”
  • Diabetes prevention classes (NDPP) for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes
  • Free health screenings
  • Advocacy and assistance for elders to deal with problems and issues
  • Social activities including weekly Bingo on Thursdays, as well as other games
  • Holiday parties and events for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Winter Holidays
  • Participate with other agencies in sponsoring the Annual Elder’s Picnic
  • Transportation and participation in annual Wisdom Steps Statewide Conference (for those pre-enrolled)

The Elder’s Health and Wellness Program is guided by the Elder’s Advisory Council which meets monthly.


  • American Indians, age 45 and up can participate in the Health & Wellness Activities (must be 55 and up for Wisdom Steps)
  • Some services are offered on an outreach basis to American Indian elders living in Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi Elder’s Housing in Minneapolis and Elder’s Lodge in St. Paul.

Contact the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Elders Health & Wellness Coordinator at (612) 879-1703 for more information.


Seniors Health & Wellness Program Coordinator
Colette Lawrence

Seniors Health & Wellness Coach
Jacob Croonenburghs

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