Home
 

Events

All events take place at 1454 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, B.C.  Parking is available on side streets for two hours or paid parking in behind Aberdeen.

Registration is required for each session. To register:

  • Call 250-370-5641, press ‘2’ (this is an automated system. Messages are checked several times a day). Please leave a message or email WellnessCentreRegistration@viha.ca with the following information:  
    • your first and last name,
    • your telephone number,
    • the session you are registering for, and
    • the number of participants in your group.

 

Support & Education Groups

April

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2018

TOPIC: WHAT MAKES NORDIC POLE WALKING THE SMARTER WAY TO WALK?

TIME:  10:00am – 11:30am

Presenter: Linda Schaumleffel, Master Pole Walk Instructor, Nordic Pole Walking

Session Description:  In this session you will learn what makes Nordic pole walking so effective and ways to improve your health, strength, and posture.  This will be an interactive session where you may discover a new activity that you can do!

 

DATE: THURSDAYS, APRIL 26TH – MAY 31ST, 2018 (6 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS)

TOPIC: CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

TIME: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Facilitators:  Peer Facilitators, Self-Management Program of BC

Session Description: The Chronic Pain Self -Management Program is a six week workshop for people living with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.

To register for this program:

Call toll free: 1-866-902-3767    OR

Email: selfmgmt@uvic.ca

(Registration is NOT through the Yakimovich Wellness Centre

 

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2018

TOPIC: THE SCIENCE OF AGING AND LONGEVITY

TIME:  1:30pm-3:30pm

Presenter:  Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau. Dr. Ishiguro has received numerous awards for his teaching and ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand and apply to our daily living.

Session Description: Aging is a complex multi-causal process that results in progressive decline in tissue function. This presentation summarizes recent advances in our understanding of some key events and how this knowledge has led to new strategies for slowing down the process of aging. Longevity research focused on the genetic and non-genetic determinants and exceptionally long lifespans will also be discussed.

 

 

May

 

DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018

TOPIC: Pains, Gains and Older Brains: Lifestyle Approaches to Promoting Health in Aging

TIME: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Presenter:  Dr. Colette Smart, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria (UVic); Jordan Ali, MS, Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology, UVic; Kristen Silveira, MS, Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology, UVic; Jeremy Viczko, MS, Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology, UVic; Sarah Lundy, BA, Undergraduate Student, UVic

Session Description: Join Dr. Colette Smart and her team, SMARTLab, from the University of Victoria, who will host a 2-hour panel presentation and discussion on lifestyle factors that can support us in healthy aging. We will present the latest scientific evidence on topics such as diet, exercise, sleep, yoga and meditation, as well as concrete tips and strategies for how to optimize our cognitive health and well-being as we age.

 

 

DATE:  TUESDAY, MAY 15TH, 2018

TOPIC: INFLAMM-AGING, A NEW AREA OF AGING RESEARCH

TIME: 9:30am-11:30am

Presenter:  Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau. Dr. Ishiguro has received numerous awards for his teaching and ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand and apply to our daily living.

Session Description: It was recently recognized that low grade chronic inflammation is a hallmark of the aging process. This phenomenon, called inflamm-aging, is believed to be intimately involved in overall functional decline and an increased risk to age- related chronic disease. This presentation discusses our current understanding of the mechanisms of inflamm-aging and possible therapeutic strategies.

 

 

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD, 2018

TOPIC: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

TIME: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Presenter:  Dawn Dompierre, Geriatric Specialty Services RN, Island Health

Session Description: Advance Care Planning lets you have a say in the health care you will receive if you are unable to speak for yourself. Discussing and documenting your wishes with your loved ones and health care providers mean they will be better able to speak on your behalf when needed.

Topics included are: Representation Agreements, Advance Directives and appointing substitute decision makers.

 

 

 

DATE: MONDAY, MAY 28TH, 2018

TOPIC: CAN NORDIC POLE WALKING HELP ME?

TIME: 10:00am-11:30am

Presenter:  Linda Schaumleffel, Master Pole Walker Instructor, Nordic Pole Walking

Session Description: Linda Schaumleffel has taught over 2500 people to pole walk in Victoria. Join Linda in a round table discussion to learn everything you need to know about Nordic pole walking and find out if Nordic Pole walking is for you!

 

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH, 2018

TOPIC: DIGESTIVE HEALTH

TIME: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Presenter: Stephanie Bayliss is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician currently practicing in Victoria. She completed her naturopathic education at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Stephanie's practice focuses on chronic disease, neurological dysfunction and mental health conditions.

Session Description: This talk will provide an overview of the basic functions of the digestive system from a naturopathic physician perspective. There will be discussion of some fo the most common digestive health concerns seniors experience, such as acid reflux, gas and bloating, constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Dietary suggestions will be discussed to maximize nutrient absorption to support your overall health.