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 September/October

DATES: THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 12TH-October 17th, 2019
(Six consecutive weeks)
TOPIC: NORDIC POLE WALKING: Beginners to Intermediate Skills 
TIME: 10:00-11:30am
Instructor/Coach: Liz McCarter, Nordic Pole Walking Instructor, Coordinator, Yakimovich Wellness Centre, Recreation Therapist
Session Description: For those who want to learn how to Nordic Pole walk or for those who have pole walked in the past and stopped – this six week program is for you. You will learn how to pole walk, be encouraged to get out and walk a few times a week to gain confidence in your skills and meet people to continue walking with after the six weeks. Bring your own poles or borrow poles for the six week program.
Join the fun rain or shine!

DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2019
TOPIC: IS THE COMPLEXITY OF CHEMOTHERAPY IMPACTING PATIENTS’ EXPERIENCES?
TIME: 11:00am - 12noon   (Refreshments will be provided)
Presenter: Courtney Ballegooie is completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Oncology at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer. She is particularly interested in how patients’ understanding of their treatment impacts their experiences and health outcomes.
Session Description: Our team is interested in understanding how the complexity of chemotherapy has impacted patients’ lived experience. This project will bring together researchers and patients to gauge whether greater and varied communication strategies should be pursued in order to better inform and empower patients. If you have gone through chemotherapy, or if you have supported someone going through chemotherapy, come join our information session to see you would like to become part of our research team!

DATES: THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 19TH – OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 (No session on Thursday, October 24th)
TOPIC: HEALTHY LIVING WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
TIME: 1:00-3:30pm (for each session)
Facilitators: Trained Peer Facilitators, Self-Management Programs BC
Session Description: A six-week workshop that helps people with chronic conditions to better manage their symptoms and their 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 health conditions. 
Discover how to:

  • Understand and learn ways to manage symptoms
  • Communicate effectively with your health care team
  • Set realistic goals and learn problem solving strategies
  • Take action and live a healthier life

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

DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2019
TOPIC: HOT, SOUR AND BREATHLESS: OCEANS UNDER STRESS
TIME: 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Dwight Owens, User Engagement Officer, Oceans Network Canada and University of Victoria Speakers Bureau
Session Description: The global ocean in 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: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 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: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019
TOPIC: AN INTRODUCTION TO STEM CELLS
TIME: 9:30-11:30am
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: This presentation introduces the different classes of stem cells, their unique properties, and their potential therapeutic applications as well as current limitations.

DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019
TOPIC: NAVIGATING COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES IN ISLAND HEALTH
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenters: Amanda Falconberg, Registered Nurse, Community Service Coordinator, South Island Community Access Centre, Island Health and Beverley Cote, RN, BSN, Leader, Saanich Community Health Services, Island Health 
Session Description: Community Health Services are an integrated part of Island Health. There are five Health Units in the community; each divided into Neighbourhood teams consisting of a variety of health care professionals, offering a variety of services and programs who will support you to live as safely and comfortably in your home for as long as possible. 
Come to this session to learn about how you might receive one or more of these Community Health Services.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019
TOPIC: SUPPORTING DIGESTIVE HEALTH TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAIN
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenter: Stephanie Bayliss, Naturopathic Physician
Session Description: Digestive health is a foundational component to our overall health. We are continuing to learn more about how digestive health impacts the rest of our body, specifically the brain. Come and learn about how to optimize your digestive system to best support your neurological health. There will be discussion about diet, probiotics and what a healthy digestion system feels like.

DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2019
TOPIC: HEADS UP: INTRODUCTION TO BRAIN HEALTH
TIME: 10:00-11:30am
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, OCTOBER 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: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019
TOPIC: METABOLIC ACTIVITIES OF THE GUT MICROBIOTA AND HUMAN HEALTH: AN UPDATE
TIME:  9:30-11:30am
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Session Description: A focus on recent reports on how the metabolic activities of gut bacteria influence health and the development of the immune system.

DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
TIME: 10:00-11:30am
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. 


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.

Community

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Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria