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 July/August

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH, 2019
TOPIC: The Landscape of End of Life Care in Victoria - What can support me and my family?
TIME: 1:30-3:30pm         
Presenter:  Deanna Hutchings, RN, BSN, MN, CHPCN (C).  Educator and Consultant, End of Life Care, University of Victoria Speakers Bureau
Session Description:  This session will explore the landscape of supportive resources and approaches that are available for persons at or near the end of life and their family in the Victoria area. Come to this interactive session to learn about common terminology that is used at end of life, and about the supports and resources available in this community and how to access them.

DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 16TH, 2019
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
TIME: 1:30-3:00pm
Presenter: Trained 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: WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH, 2019
TOPIC: GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA
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 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 B.C. 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, JULY 24TH, 2019
TOPIC: HOT, SOUR AND BREATHLESS: OCEANS UNDER STRESS
TIME: 6:30-8:00pm
Presenter: Dwight Owens, User Engagement Officer, Oceans Network Canada and   University of Victoria Speakers Bureau.|
Session Description: The global ocean is under stress from warming, acidification and oxygen declines. Why are these changes happening and what impacts can we expect? This talk outlines these three interrelated stressors, examining impacts and actions we can take to counteract them.

DATE: THURSDAY, JULY 25TH, 2019
TOPIC: AN INTRODUCTION TO STEM CELLS
TIME: 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau
Session Description: This presentation introduces the different classes of stem cells, their unique properties, and their potential therapeutic applications as well as current limitation.

DATE:  THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2019
TOPIC: THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS REVISITED: DOES IT REALLY EXPLAIN THE RECENT SURGE IN ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES?
TIME: 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau
Session Description:  According to the hygiene hypothesis proposed in 1989, the continuing rise in allergies and autoimmune diseases is related to decreased childhood exposure to microorganisms due to, for example, our reliance on vaccines and antimicrobial drugs to prevent infections. This presentation updates what we know about these disorders and the status of the hygiene hypothesis.

DATE:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2019
TOPIC: HEADS UP: AN INTRODUCTION TO BRAIN HEALTH
TIME: 1:30-3:00pm
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:  MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2019
TOPIC: COMPUTER CHOICES AND FILE MANAGEMENT
TIME: 9:30-11:00am
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria|
Session Description: This session will include:

•          Uploading and downloading
•          Apps…how do you know they are saved and how much space to they take up on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones
•          What do I need – desktops, tablets, laptops, smartphone computers?
•          Managing files including photos and music.

DATE:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2019
TOPIC: WALKING WITH CANES/WALKERS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
TIME: 10:00 – 11:30am
Presenter: Karla Marshall, Physiotherapist, Seniors Outpatient Clinic, Island Health
Session Description: In this session you will learn about:

•          Balance
•          Walking well with a cane and walker
•          Looking after your walker (brakes, wheels, height level)
•          Bring your walker to get it checked for safety

DATE:  THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND, 2019
TOPIC: GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA
TIME: 10:00am – 12noon
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 B.C. 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:  MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2019
TOPIC: SOCIAL NETWORKING AND SECURITY
TIME: 9:30-11:00am
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Session Description: Social networking and security – what does it all mean and what do I need to know:

•          Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp, Twitter etc…
•          Security issues on different apps/programs and devices.
•          Scam reviews


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.

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