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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


WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THE FLU VACCINE

Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30am
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: In this presentation, Dr. Ishiguro will explain the composition of the flu vaccine, how it is supposed to work, why it is never fully effective, and why you should get vaccinated anyway. He will also explain why you need to be vaccinated annually, and discuss recent strategies for creating a more effective vaccine that will provide a longer lasting immunity to influenza.

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Presenter: Advance Care Planning volunteer
Session Description: Everyone is welcome to attend this one hour information session about what is an advance care plan, why it is important, how to get started and resources you can use to learn more about advance care planning.

TRANSITION TO RESIDENTIAL CARE

Date: Friday, November 17th
Time: 9:30am – 12noon
Presenter:  Alzheimer Society of BC- Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description: This session is designed to help family caregivers who are considering residential care options for a person with dementia. General information will be provided on how to access residential care in the community, as well as a review of some important considerations when choosing a facility. The session will also explore the challenges families face when making decisions about residential care, and review some strategies for preparing for the transition.

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT: Strengthening Personal Networks for Care Partners/Caregivers

DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2017
TIME: 2:00-3:30pm
Presenter: Alyson Clark, Program Facilitator with Island Community Mental Health Association. Through Circles of Support project, Alyson continues working toward supporting and improving senior’s health, by focusing on the health and wellbeing of informal care partners in the community.
Session Description: In this session you will learn about the caregiving journey and how important I tis to support these members of our community. Discussion will focus on care partners/caregivers and the role they play on the care team for a loved one. As well as how the Circles of Support model of care can strengthen a care-partners/caregivers social network, building a community-based support system that enhances those coming from formal health services.

EATING WELL 101: HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE

DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017
TIME: 9:30-11:00am
Presenter:  Nicole Fetterly, Registered Dietitian, re-wrote the BC Healthy Eating for Seniors Guidebook, Food Services and Student Health, University of Victoria, UVic Speakers Bureau
Session Description: This is an interactive presentation on the basics of healthy eating that can be geared to eating well to age well; food and nutrition concerns for seniors.

FOR THE WELLTH OF IT

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017
TIME: 9:30-11:00am
Presenter: Dr. Lara Lauzon, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria, UVic Speakers Bureau; Dr. Lauzon’s research and teaching speciality is in the are of Personal Health, Wellness and Potential.
Session Description: Are you making healthy lifestyle choices? This session focuses on a number of wellness models that incorporate physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, occupational and environmental wellness dimensions. This session is valuable for anyone who finds themselves at better taking care of others than taking care of themselves.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR MATURE TRAVELLERS: HOW TO STAY SAFE AND PREPARE FOR A STRESS FREE VACATION

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017
TIME: 1:30-3:00pm
Presenter: Sandy Lundmark, is a travel agent with 15 years experience in addition to a lengthy career as a Health Care Social Worker specializing in personal safety of seniors in the community. Sandy has travelled extensively and is focused on combining an interest in travel and adult education to bring this new workshop to the community.
Session Description: This workshop will provide valuable travel tips to help you stay safe during your vacation. You will learn more about your travel style and what you can do before you leave home to avoid stress while away. It will review what to look for when purchasing travel insurance and some important considerations to make sure you are well covered. Sandy will also share some personal travel ideas that will help you avoid common pit falls while travelling.

ETHICS OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING

DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017
TIME:  9:30-11:30am
Presenter:  Dr. Eike Kluge, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria (UVic), before coming to UVic Dr. Kluge taught as various universities in the US and Canada. In 1989, he was asked by the Canadian Medical Association to establish the Department of Ethics and Legal Canadian Affairs, and was the first Director. He was the first expert witness in medical ethics recognized by Canadian courts, and has acted in that capacity in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
Session Description:  As of 2016, Canadian law allows qualified patients to receive medical assistance in dying. In this thought provoking session, you will learn about the ethics of Medical Assistance in Dying and there will be a question and answer period.

MAID IS NOT FOR ME: SO WHAT WILL SUPPORT MY END OF LIFE CARE?

DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017
TIME:  1:30-3:30pm
Presenter:  Deanna Hutchings, RN, BSN, MN, CHPCN (C), retired from Island Health, teaches Hospice Palliative Care for UVic, does contract work for the Centre for Palliative Care, and is the Support Coordinator for Sessional Instructors in the UVic School of Nursing.
Session Description:  If I choose not to have MAID at the end of my life what resources are available to me and my family and friends. Come to this interactive session to learn about common terminology that is used at end of life, and about the supports and resources for end of life care available in this community.

AGING VIBRANTLY: HOW TO LIVE LIFE EVERYDAY COURAGEOUSLY AND OUTRAGEOUSLY!

DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 2018
TIME:  1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Pat Nichol is an international speaker and author. In 2004, Pat began writing a regular column for Senior Living Magazine based on her book, Becoming Courageous and Outrageous
Session Description:   What does it mean to age? What does it mean to age vibrantly? What does it mean to age vibrantly courageously and outrageously? If you are curious about any of these questions come to this interactive session where you will learn and engage about aging vibrantly!!

GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 2018
TIME: 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter:  Alzheimer’s Society of BC - Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description:  This introductory session reviews basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias and the impact of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, including an introduction to programs an services offered by the Alzheimer Society of BC. This session is only intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who have recently begun supporting a person with dementia.

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT TRAINING: Strengthening Personal Networks for Care-Partners/Caregivers.

DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2018
TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Presenter:  Jodie McDonald is the Executive Director of the Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society, and a consultant with Family Caregivers of BC. She also works as an instructor at Vancouver Island University in the Community Mental Health Support Worker Program, and as an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in private practice. As a Registered Social Worker, oer the past 20 years Jodie has worked in crisis intervention, family support, mental health, and community development in a variety of roles and programs. Jodie is a dedicated and passionate educator, and enjoys matching big picture thinking and planning to the needs of individual people. She lives in the Cowichan Valley with her partner and two young daughters.
Session Description:  Come learn how to create, “circles of support” for care-partners/caregivers of people living with health challenges in your communities. This training session will give you all the materials, skills and ongoing support to create more capacity within your community, and provide the opportunity to strengthen personal social networks for care-partners/caregivers and the communities they live in.

STOP YOUR BLADDER FROM RUNNING YOUR LIFE

DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH, 2018
TIME:  10:30am – 12noon
Presenters:  Jodi Ganton, Registered Physiotherapist, Jodi graduated from the University of Alberta, 1988 and specializes in the assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor.
Melissa Krieger, Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer-Melissa has fifteen years’ experience in the health and wellness industry and is passionate about helping her students minimize stress and live happier, healthier lives.
Session Description:  Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Yoga, exercise and lifestyle modifications will help you to take back control of you bladder and your life. Bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging – come to this session to learn how yoga, exercise and lifestyle modifications will help you to take back control of your bladder.

GUT PATHOGENS FROM SALMONELLA AND E.COLI 0157:H7 TO C. DIFFICILE AND NOROVIRUS: PATHOLOGY AND CONTROL

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2018
TIME: 9:30-11:30am
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: Digestive tract infections are serious public health concerns. Interestingly, most of the major pathogens involved have emerged only within the last 50 years.  This presentation updates the progress made on the pathology and control of these functions.

LIFE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2018
TIME: 1:30-4:00pm
Presenter:  Alzheimer’s Society of BC - Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description: This session focuses on the process of adjustment after a person with dementia has moved into a residential care facility. Learn about the changes to your role as a caregiver that this transition can bring, and how to enhance your visits. The session will also review strategies for working effectively with a care team and offers tips for acting as an advocate within a residential care facility.

CANCER: THRIVING AND SURVIVING SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Dates and time:  JANAURY 25TH – MARCH 1ST, 2018 (SIX CONSECUTIVE WEEKS) 1:00-3:30pm
Facilitators: Peer Facilitators, Self-Management Program of BC
Session Description: This workshop is designed for people who are living with and/or have been affected by cancer. The workshop gives participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives and relationships.
Topics covered in this 6-week workshop are:
• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
• Setting priorities
• Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
• Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
• Relationships
• Nutrition and
• Appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance

Free program

Registration through Self-Management Programs of BC
Call Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767 OR
Email: selfmgmt@uvic.ca OR
Website: www.selfmanagementbc.ca

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Date and time: FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 10:00-11:00am
Presenter:  Advance Care Planning volunteer
Session Description: Everyone is welcome to attend this one hour information session about what is an advance care plan, why it is important, how to get started and resources you can use to learn more about advance care planning.