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.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2018
TOPIC: ACCESSING SERVICES
Presenter: Alzheimer’s Society of BC – Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description: This session is for family caregivers who are currently supporting a person with dementia who is living at home. It will review strategies for accessing support from a variety of sources in your community – from getting help from family and friends, to navigating the formal health care system. The session will also consider some of the challenges that can arise when making the decision to access services and support, and offers strategies for working with service providers and acting as an advocate.
DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, 2018
TOPIC: LIVING IN THE MOMENT
Presenter: Wendy Lum, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Department of Counselling Services, University of Victoria (UVic), UVic Speakers Bureau
Session Description: Time is an illusion; time stands still and yet time flies. Often people live in the past remembering or regretting, and people plan for the future or are afraid of what the future will bring. This talk discusses how being in the “now” moment enables us to create a memorable past and a hopeful future.
DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018
TOPIC: RETIREMENT INCOME – WHAT ABOUT IT?
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: This interactive session will discuss ways to efficiently and effectively structure your retirement income to minimize taxes and maximize return.
- When should I begin taking the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
- What’s the impact of Old Age Security on my income?
- When should I begin taking income from my registered retirement plan?
- What about my beneficiaries
DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2018
TOPIC: YOUR CIRCADIAN CLOCK: HOW THE MASTER TIME–KEEPER REGULATES DAILY ACTIVITIES
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: Circadian clocks occur universally in all living organisms, from plants, animal and even micro – organisms. How this time-keeper works to regulate your daily activities will be described in non-technical language with a focus on behaviours that influence your health. Misalignment of circadian clocks is a common problem, and key discoveries that are resulting in the development of therapeutic strategies to correct misaligned clocks will be discussed.
DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018
TOPIC: LIVING WELL WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Cindy Player, Department of Equity and Human Rights office, University of Victoria (UVic), UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: When you or someone you care about realizes you’re experiencing mental health difficulties or receive a diagnosis of mental illness, it can feel catastrophic. In spite of improvement in recent years, mental illness is still stigmatized. That stigma can have a greater negative effect on a person than the symptoms of mental illness. This presentation/workshop will assist you in identifying and working against stigma and developing strategies for living well
DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018
TOPIC: TRANSITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL CARE
TIME: 9:30am – 12noon
Presenter: Alzheimer’s 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.
DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2018
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
TIME: 10:30am – 12noon
Presenter: Advance Care Planning volunteer
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. Everyone is welcome to attend this 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. 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.
DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2018
TOPIC: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR PAIN
TIME: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Sullivan, Affiliate Associate Professor, Island Medical Program, University of Victoria (UVic), UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: Do you live with pain? Pain comes in many different forms from stabbing, to numbness, intermittent pain – how do you tell your story of pain to your doctor? Come to this session to learn some strategies to communicate to your doctor about the pain you are experiencing.
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
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.