Yakimovich Wellness Centre

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The Yakimovich Wellness Centre is located in the Hillside Seniors Health Centre in Victoria.

The Centre focuses on the wellness and social support needs of seniors and caregivers. It is devoted to providing the most up-to-date information regarding your health and wellness.

Our Wellness Coordinator organizes a monthly Calendar of Events which highlights education and health promotion activities, such as: 

  • managing your diabetes
  • continence clinic
  • coping with chronic disease
  • high blood pressure
  • the role of the pharmacist

Our resource centre includes a computer with high speed internet access, a magnifier for those with vision problems and many more resources with links to programs and agencies in the community.

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.

Upcoming Events

March 2019 – Embrace Aging month Program

DATE:   MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019
TIME:   9:30AM – 11:00AM
TOPIC: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT AGING IN PLACE
PRESENTER
:  Niki Andresen and David Claveau work at CanAssist, an organization from the University of Victoria that develops assistive technologies for individuals facing challenges to improve their quality of life and promote independence and inclusion
SESSION DESCRIPTION:  How can you age in place and remain independent? CanAssist has developed a series of assistive technologies designed to improve independence and help you remain at home longer. The technologies they will be talking about:

• Hitch Lift: an automated device that helps load and unload mobility devices from a car’s trunk.
• Ability411: a newly launched website that helps seniors and their caregivers find information on technology and equipment.  
• The Sticky Picker: a device for easily picking small items off the floor, such as dropped pills, credit cards or keys.
• Caregiver Intercom: a two-way communication device for caregivers to quickly connect to their seniors

 

Date:   Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time:
   9:30am-11:30am
Topic:
  Introduction to Brain Health
Presenter
: Alzheimer’s Society of BC – Victoria Resource Centre    
Session Description:
  Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well! This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend.

 

Date:   Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time:   1:30
pm-3:00pm
Topic:  Conflict Resolution 101: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Presenter:  Maxine Machan
, Masters of Arts in Conflict and Management and a Provincial Instructor in Adult Education Diploma has a wealth of experience in advocacy, community relationship building, group facilitation and adult education
Session Description:  Have you ever wondered…

• Do I overreact to criticism?
• Do I let my expectations of others interfere in my relationships?
• Do I listen to others in order to reply or do I listen to understand?
• Do I rush to judgement and make assumptions?
•  Do I often wish that I could handle negative emotions in a constructive way?

We are never taught how to listen, ask questions, or be curious about understanding ourselves and others; we are told to ‘do’ these things with the assumption that we know how to do them well. That said, we all have to take ownership of who shows up at the table! This workshop focuses on the development of behavioural insights and critical human relational skills necessary to support self-regulation and interpersonal skills. Its’ focus is to encourage a better connection with self and others through the development of self-awareness

 

Date:   Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time:
   10:00am-11:30am
Topic:
  Supporting Your Loved One: The Power of a Prepared Environment    in Dementia Care
Presenter
:  Lyle Weinstein served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Alzheimer’s Association in California for many years working with caregiving groups, families and individuals. His father lived with dementia for 14 years after diagnosis. Lyle is the author of The Alzheimer’s Family Manual and the co-author of The Montessori Alzheimer’s Project. He is an administrator and board member of Lions Gate Montessori Society which has operated Montessori schools since 1998 in Vancouver BC. 
Session Description:
  Most people know of Montessori as an educational model for young children, but it is far more. Montessori is based on meeting the needs of individuals at whatever their stage of development may be – and the research is now showing its positive impact in dementia care. The Montessori Alzheimer’s Project brings the insights of Montessori into caregiving to benefit both those in need of care and their caregivers.

This session will introduce the practical application of key Montessori principles into the home caregiving environment. The purpose is to give caregivers tools they can use to support their loved ones and themselves at home, with family and with friends.

 

DATE:   Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-3:30pm
Topic:
  Compassion: Taking Care of Yourself
Presenter
:  Pat Nichol is a writer and speaker who is attempting to study and live a compassionate life, both to herself and to others. This workshop is the first part of a three part workshop on Compassion.
Session Description:  What do you say when you talk to yourself? Do you show the same compassion that you show to others or do you judge yourself harshly?

Join Pat while we talk about the ways to take care of ourselves. We will look at a number of areas:

  • Self Kindness
  • Self Judgement
  • Common Humanity
  • Isolation
  • Fixating

The goal will be for each of us to understand the basis of compassion to self and be inspired to live a compassionate life.

This workshop is based on the training that Pat received from Joyce Rupp who is the author of Boundless Compassion.

 

DATE:   Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time:
   9:30am-11:00am (1-hour presentation, 30 minutes for Q &A)
Topic:
  Overview of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
Presenter
:  Amanda Proznick, MA, RN has worked in both acute care and community settings in Island Health since 1989, and is currently supporting MAiD in a coordinator role. Her passion is in health-care education, so the public can better navigate the health care system, and make informed health care decisions
Session Description:  A candid conversation on:

  • What is Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)?
  • Who is eligible?
  • How one can start the process if this is an end-of-life option one wishes to pursue?

 

DATE:   Friday, March 8, 2019
Time:
   9:30am-11:30am
Topic:
  The Quest for an Understanding of the Basis for Human Longevity
Presenter
:  Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau   
Session Description:
  A summary of research on the basis of human longevity including factors such as genetics, lifestyle and environmental socioeconomic conditions.

 

DATE:   Friday, March 8, 2019
Time:
   2:00pm-3:30pm
Topic:
  Find Your Joy
Presenter
:  Teri Ker is an executive coach, lifelong learner, hockey mom, cancer survivor, artist, blogger and speaker. She finds her joy in being unabashedly authentic in her day to day interactions – sharing heartfelt struggles, hilarious interactions, and momentary “deep thoughts” – often getting herself into trouble for speaking her mind and questioning the status quo.
Session Description:  Stuck. Discontent. Apathetic. Unfulfilled. So many people are just going through the motions in their lives. Each of us has a warrior inside looking to break free. I can help you find your joy, your passions, and take concrete steps towards playing bigger in your life.

 

DATE:   Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time:
   10:00am – 11:30am
Topic:
  Protect your Digital Footprint
Presenter
:  Dr. Janni  Aragon, MA, PhD, is the Director of Technology and Society Program at the University of Victoria, and an Assistant Professor, Adjunct for Political Science and Technology & Society.  Her research interests include Women and Technology, Pedagogy, Politics and Popular Culture, and Gender and Politics.
Session Description: Technology has made our lives easier in many respects, but we often forget one cost -- our data. This presentation will discuss what your digital footprint is and how to protect it. 

 

DATE:   Wednesday, March 13, 2019
TIME: 2:00PM-3:30PM
TOPIC: MENTAL WELL-BEING AND AGING
PRESENTER:  Nicole Tremblay
, is a social worker with 25 years’ experience working with individuals and families across the lifespan. She is currently a Clinical Educator with Seniors Strategy, Island Health working to enhance mental health and substance use services for seniors.
SESSION DESCRIPTION:  Topics to be covered:

  • Psychological well-being – what is it?
  • Recognized symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Explore risk factors and causes
  • Review resources and ways to manage anxiety and depression

 

DATE:   Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-3:00pm
Topic:
  Navigating the Maze: Accessing Resources and Maneuvering through the Health Care System
Presenter
:  Lacie White and Sheila Armstrong, Family Caregivers of BC    
Session Description:
  The concept of a care recipient or a caregiver as a "health care consumer" is a modern one.  Many people do not think in terms of choice when having to make decisions about providing care for a family member or friend.  Often caregivers find themselves without knowledge of available resources and/or a "map" to assist with navigating through their experience (or through the maze of possible options). The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about available resources, both local community ones, as well as formal health care system supports. This information will provide touchstones to help guide people along their caregiving journey.

 

DATE:  Friday, March 15, 2019
Time:
   10:00am – 11:30am
Topic:
  Aging Gracefully? Reflections on Aging, Place and Lifelong Health
Presenter
:  Dr. Denise Cloutier, Professor, Department of Geography, Research Affiliate with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria.   Dr. Cloutier is a health and social geographer; her research has been published in leading geography and gerontology journals.
Session Description:  In this session, Dr. Cloutier will share her research and learnings in the following two areas: 

  • Health services research aimed at addressing the care needs of more vulnerable older adults (e.g. end-of-life, socially isolated, stroke-affected, living with dementia, rural residents) living in the community or in institutional environments and
  • The potential and capabilities of older adults in regards to healthy aging

 

DATE:   Monday, March 18, 2019
Time:
   2:00pm-3:30pm
Topic:
  Optimizing Brain Health
Presenter
:  Stephanie Bayliss, Naturopathic  Physician,   practicing in Victoria
Session Description:  This session will include diet, exercise and lifestyle components that will help with the functioning of your brain.

 

DATE:   Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-4:00pm
Topic:
  A Grateful Heart, Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Presenter
:  Bill Israel has 30+ years of experience as a church pastor, a hospital chaplain, and a family therapist, facilitator of the Living Well Dying Well program, board member of Centre for Earth & Spirit Society.
Penny Allport is a Life-Cycle Celebrant, Inter-Faith Minister, End of Life Educator and Facilitator of the Living Well - Dying Well program for the Centre for Earth & Spirit
Session Description:  Join us for an afternoon to explore, expand and inspire the art of giving thanks every day!  Through storytelling, both cultural myths and real life stories, we will engage in an experiential process using mindfulness, imagination and writing process to discover Giving Well is Living Well!  Come prepared to play, participate and pulse with the purpose of a grateful heart!  Note: This session is part of Living Well - Dying Well, an ongoing four part series.

 

DATE:   Friday, March 22, 2019
Time:
   9:30am-11:30am
Topic:
  Geroprotectors: Chemicals that Exhibit Anti-Aging Activities
Presenter
:  Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau   
Session Description:
  Geroprotectors are a diverse group of chemical agents that exhibit anti-aging properties. This presentation will summarize what research on geroprotectors has revealed about the aging process. The prospects of using these agents therapeutically will be discussed.

 

Date:  Friday, March 22, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-3:30pm
Topic:
  Getting your Affairs in Order
Presenter
:  Dustin Marnell has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 2008.  He volunteers his time at a number of organizations and frequently presents on the topics of: wills and estate planning, incapacity planning, and estate administration.   
Session Description:  This session will cover:

• Wills and Estates
• Representation Agreements
• Power of Attorney
• Incapacity planning
• Acting as an executor

 

Date:  Monday, March 25, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-3:00pm
Topic:
  Balance and Falls – understand the relationship
Presenter
:  Corinne Dilbert, MA has been working in the health and fitness industry for the past 15 years. She has a special interest in the relationship between cognition and exercises, and is the creator of “Balance Booster”®, an innovative approach to maintain or develop balance. 
Session Description:
  This session will focus on simple steps you can take to improve your balance. We will also discuss strategies anyone can implement to prevent falls

 

Date:  Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time:
   1:30pm-3:30pm
Topic:
  Bladder Health as you Age – For Men and Women
Presenter
:  Donna Ross, BSN, MA   worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Geriatrics for many years and was instrumental in establishing services for continence care, falls prevention, and elder-friendly care in acute care. 
Session Description:
  In this session you will learn:

  • What causes urinary urgency, frequency, night-time voiding and urine loss
  • You will practice exercises and will come to understand lifestyle choices that contribute to your problem
  • Differences between men and women in relation to urinary incontinence
  • Some therapies and treatments that are used in treating incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • When it is important to talk to your doctor or Nurse Practitioner about your problem

 

Date:  Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time:
   9:30am – 12noon
Topic:
  Getting to Know Dementia
Presenter
:  Alzheimer’s 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.

 


Community Bathing Program

For people who cannot safely use the bathing facilities in their home, even with home support assistance, the bathing program is available for self-referral through the Vancouver Island Health Authority at 250-370-5641.

  • clients accessing this program include people living with extreme weakness, dementia, paralysis and those with special needs 
  • cost is $5 per bath
  • service is offered by appointment only
  • visiting relatives from other areas are welcome
  • there is sometimes a waiting list

1454 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC
V8T 2B7

250-370-5688
Parking

There is limited two hour parking available on Gosworth Street off Hillside Avenue. Paid parking is available at the back of the building as well.

Any Other Amenities

Our facility is a fully equipped multi-purpose room that can accommodate up to 60 people at a time. It is available days and evenings, seven days a week for seminars, workshops, activities, presentations and public events.

There is no cost in using our facility. If you are interested in booking the space, please contact our Wellness Centre Coordinator, Liz McCarter: 250-370-5688 ext. 34682.

Community

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Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria