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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

DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2018
TOPIC: COPING, RESILIENCE AND WELL-BEING: BUILDING SKILLS WITH CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
TIME:  2:00pm-4:00pm
Presenters: Jeanne Tolmie, Registered Social Worker (RSW), Island Health and Teri Varcoe, RSW
Session Description:  As a caregiver you deserve to be well! Being a caregiver/ partner of a person with dementia can lead to exhaustion, isolation and caregiver burnout. Develop a new understanding of your well-being and learn strategies to cope, including tools for self–assessment, some cognitive behavioural (CBT) tools, and ideas about how to build your social support network.

DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2018
TOPIC: REFLECTING ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE AND CUSTOMIZE CARE – Focus Group
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
Presenter:  Niki Andresen, Product Development Coordinator, CanAssist, University of Victoria
Session Description: CanAssist is developing a Caregiver Toolkit and would like to hear from you if you are currently working as a caregiver or have worked as a caregiver in the past, to share your insights into the kinds of challenges that professional caregivers face on a regular basis. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences across a broad range of challenges faced when giving care.

Participants of this focus group will receive a demonstration of the toolkit, followed by discussion and include an optional demographic survey to fill out.

DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2018
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
TIME:  10:00am – 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.

DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2018
TOPIC: GRATITUDE
TIME: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter:  Pat Nichol is an international speaker and author. In 2004, Pat began writing a regular column for Inspired Senior Living Magazine based on her book, Becoming Courageous and Outrageous
Session Description: We will discover together the difference that we can make in our own lives and others when we look at gratitude.
• Be prepared to be involved; to write, to talk with others, to share ideas, to begin to live our lives from a place of gratitude.
• Be prepared to inventory the things that are happening in your life right now. We will count our blessings at this moment.
• We will learn ways to be playful, to be astonished, to be grateful and be delighted in what we attract.
As we brazenly count the many things that ARE WORKING in our lives, we will move into the magic of life. Want to change the world? Notice what is right.

DATE:  TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2018
TOPIC: GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA
TIME: 9:30am – 12noon
Presenter:  Alzheimer Society of BC – Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description: This introductory session reviews basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and 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 and 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.

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH, 2018
TOPIC: RESEARCH FOCUS GROUP: CAREGIVER FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON A SCREENING TOOL TO HELP CLINICIANS IDENTIFY CAREGIVER BURDEN
TIME: 10:00am – 11:30am
Facilitators:  Deborah Mills, Project Director, Community Health Services, Island Health and Roslyn Gillan, Occupational Therapist, Practice Support, Community Health Services, Island Health
Session Description: For this focus group we are inviting informal caregivers (i.e. spouse, neighbor, friend, brother/sister, child, and grandchild) who support:
• A person who is over 65 years old and
• Receive home support from Island Health for home care services (i.e. help with bathing, medications, attending day programs, etc.)
The facilitators will be asking you to provide feedback on what you think are the important factors that contribute to caregivers feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Please come prepared to share your experiences with being an informal caregiver.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH, 2018
TOPIC: VIDEO CALLING TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FAMILY, CAREGIVERS, AND SENIORS – Focus Group
TIME: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Presenter:  Niki Andresen, Product Development Coordinator at CanAssist, University of Victoria
Session Description: CanAssist is developing CanConnect, a simple video calling device that may help with communication between family members, caregivers and seniors. The main goal of the focus group is to gain insights into challenges of communication between seniors, their families and caregivers and health professionals. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences across a broad range of challenges faced when communicating and their thoughts on how to improve upon the current methods.
CanAssist is looking for participants that:
• Are seniors
• Are family or caregivers to a senior
• Are working as health professionals

Register early – 8-12 seats available for this focus group – this is your opportunity to share your experiences with communications around caregiving!


DATE:  WEDNESDAY, JULY  11TH, 2018
TOPIC: FUN WITH FINANCES – You can plan for independence and security when you know your options
TIME: 10:00am – 11:30am
Presenter: Heather Aked, BA in Economics, University of Western Ontario, is a Certified Financial Planner®, a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute™ and has completed the Certified Professional Consultant on Aging designation.
Session Description: Who says talking about financial issues cannot be fun? With an interactive game, that provides solutions for real life scenarios participants will walk away with an increased financial awareness. Financial topics include:
• Security
• Knowledge
• Community
• Health
• Estate


DATE:  MONDAY, JULY 16TH, 2018
TOPIC: AGING WELL WITH CHAIR EXERCISES
TIME: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Presenter: Moira Tait, Yoga and chair exercise instructor for 19 years
Session Description:  In this session you will learn tips and exercises to help our aging bodies. Aging is inevitable getting old is negotiable. Wear comfortable clothing!


DATE:  FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018
TOPIC: THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS: DOES IT REALLY EXPLAIN THE RECENT SURGE IN ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
TIME: 9:30am – 11:30am
Presenter: 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: According to the hygiene hypothesis, first proposed in 1989, the recent rise in the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases is related to a decreased childhood exposure to micro-organisms due to, for example, our reliance vaccines and antimicrobial drugs to prevent infections. Such practices are thought to interfere with the development of the immune system. This presentation examines the pros and cons of the hygiene hypothesis as an explanation for the malfunction of the immune system.