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 November/December

DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019
TOPIC: THE NEXT GENERATION VACCINES: MORE THAN JUST A POKE IN THE ARM
TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: The traditional vaccines in use for over a century are designed to prevent infectious diseases. In this presentation, the discussion will focus on new innovations designed to improve vaccine performance as well as expand the applications of antibiotics beyond infectious diseases.

DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2019
TOPIC: GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA
TIME: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
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: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 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, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2019
TOPIC: YOU’RE DOING WHAT?! AT YOUR AGE?! Older Adults Sexual Health Play and workshop
TIME: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presenters: Leah Tidey, Applied Theatre Facilitator, University of Victoria; Jennifer Gibson, Sexual Health Educator, Island Sexual Health Society; Alexandra Haupt, Research Assistant, University of Victoria; Intergenerational Cast and Crew
Session Description: We are thrilled to announce the sharing of a staged play reading and workshop with and for older adults across Victoria. You’re Doing What?! At Your Age?!is a community theatre project that focuses on sexual health literacy for older adults. The play and follow up workshops are meant to be both educational and entertaining in equal measure, using humour to make this sometimes sensitive topic accessible.  After the play, there will be a panel to answer any questions and promote discussions.

DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2019
TOPIC: HEALTH IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
TIME: 6:30–8 p.m.
Presenter: Dwight Owens, User Engagement Officer, Oceans Network Canada, University of Victoria Speakers Bureau
Session Description:  Climate change is not only heating up the planet, but it is also threatening our health. High heat, extreme weather and sea level rise are often mentioned. But, did you know that climate change is spreading infectious diseases, reducing food security, and affecting our mental wellbeing? These and other health impacts will be explained, along with a discussion of how we can play a part in solving the climate crisis.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2019
TOPIC: STAYING WELL DURING FLU SEASON
TIME: 11 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Stephanie Bayliss, Naturopathic Physician
Session Description: In this session, learn strategies from a Naturopathic perspective on how to stay well during flu season. Fundamental nutrients for the immune system will be discussed, including vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. Recipes will be shared that are rich in herbs that boost your immune system and you will learn how to transition your diet to warming foods for the colder season.

DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019
TOPIC: HEADS UP: INTRODUCTION TO BRAIN HEALTH
TIME: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
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: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019
TOPIC: SEWAGE AS A TREASURE TROVE FOR MEDICALLY RELEVANT DATA
TIME: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: A summary of research on infectious disease epidemiology, development of antibiotic resistance, drug and substance patterns, and more derived from data obtained from municipal sewage.

DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2019
TOPIC: GETTING TO KNOW DEMENTIA
TIME: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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: TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2020
TOPIC: LIFE IN LONG-TERM CARE
TIME: 1:30 -4 p.m.
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 long-term 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 offer tips for acting as an advocate within a long-term care facility.

DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 2020
TOPIC: LET’S MOVE: PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR DIABETES
TIME: 2:30 -4 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Kirstin Lane, PhD, Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of British Columbia, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Victoria, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Session Description: Learn about the importance of physical activity and exercise when living with diabetes. Topics covered are:
•    Diabetes and aging
•    Benefits of physical activity and precautions
•    General exercise guidance

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2020
TOPIC: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
TIME: 9:30– 11 a.m.
Presenter: Nicole Legg, Graduate student, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria
Session Description: This discussion will include general information about what mental health, self-care and well-being are, prevalence rates of mental health concerns and disorders, how to recognize when to seek help and how to get it, how to recognize mental health concerns in others and how to support others that are struggling. This broad talk is meant to provide a general overview of mental health and relevant information and include topics such as, focus on supporting others in crisis, mindfulness and explanations of various disorders.  

DATES: THURSDAYS, JANUARY 16TH – FEBRUARY 20TH, 2020 (Six consecutive weeks)
TOPIC: CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 
TIME: 1- 3:30 p.m. (each week)
Facilitators: Trained Peer Facilitators through Self-Management BC
Session Description: The Chronic Pain Self -Management Program is a six week workshop for people living with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.
Discover how to:
o    Pace activities to improve time management and energy
o    Plan for regular physical activity
o    Communicate more effectively with yoru health care team
o    Make daily tasks easier
o    Set realistic goals and use problem solving
o    Learn relaxation strategies
o    Take action and live a healthier

To Register: please call Self-Management Programs of BC at: Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767 or selfmgmt@uvic.ca

DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2020
TOPIC: GRIEVING LOSSES DURING THE DEMENTIA JOURNEY
TIME: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presenter: Alzheimer’s Society of BC – Victoria Resource Centre
Session Description: The dementia journey requires ongoing adjustment to many changes that occur throughout the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Grief is the natural and necessary process to all of these changes that involve loss. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the loss and grief issues of the dementia caregiving experiences. There will be time for participants to consider some suggestions for weathering these losses. 

DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2020
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
TIME: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
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: FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2020
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO GENE EDITING
TIME: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: Gene editing is a form of genetic engineering that has been very much in the news. This is an introduction to the methodology, its applications and it controversies.

DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2020
TOPIC: SAFE MEDICATIONS USE FOR SENIORS
TIME: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Holly Sulsbury, Pharmacist, Community Health Services, Island Health  
Session Description: In this session, you will learn about the following:
•    Pharmacists role and choosing a pharmacy
•    Understanding medication, taking medication and the storage of medication
•    What is Pharmacare?
•    Over the counter medications including herbals and supplements

DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST, 2020
TOPIC: STOP YOUR BLADDER FROM RUNNING YOUR LIFE
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presenter: Jodi Ganton, BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Rehab
Session Description: Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging – come to this session to learn how exercise and lifestyle modifications will help you to take control of your bladder.

 


NEAT (Neighbours Engaging in Activities Together)

"Before NEAT I was in a bad slump and would isolate myself and consider not getting up each day, but now after completing NEAT I have new purpose in life, people to do activities with that we all enjoy and a positive distraction from all my chronic health problems."

NEAT is an opportunity  for people 55+ who are currently receiving little or no health services, but, would benefit from:

  • Gaining skills and knowledge about resources and programs, opportunities to learn about and connect with programs/services within their communities
  • Try a variety of programs of choice in a supportive environment
  • Increase opportunities for meaningful connections and socialization and
  • To have fun along the way and much more!

Where: Marion Village (1976 Bee Street), Library Lounge, Oak Bay
When: Fridays, September 20th – November 29th, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12noon
Cost: FREE

Where: Central Saanich Cultural Centre (1209 Clarke Rd), Central Saanich
When: Thursdays, October 17th – December 12th
Time: 10:30am – 12noon
Cost: FREE

To register contact:

Laura Van Dyk, Program Coordinator
250-475-3219
laura.vandyk@saanich.ca

 


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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Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria