Events & workshops

Aging Well: The Brain - Body Connection (An Elder Academy Event)

Several factors influence our ability to age well. Some of these, such as genetics, are not under our control. Others, such as exercising regularly and taking care of our mental health, are modifiable. This series will examine the impact of physical activity on brain health as well as the impact technology can play in understanding and modifying behaviours. 

This May, IALH has teamed up with the UVic Retirees Association to present Aging Well: The Brain - Body Connection, an Elder Academy Event.  

When: Saturday mornings in May, 10:00 am - noon (PDT)

Where: Online or in-person at Cordova Bay Community Place, 5238 Cordova Bay Rd

Cost: $20 for all four sessions


Saturday, May 7: Exercise is Cerebrovascular Medicine for All Ages 

Presenter: Dr. Kurt Smith, Associate Professor, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. 


Saturday May 14: Digitize Your Exercise: How Digital Technologies Are Shaping How We Monitor, Prescribe and Augment Our Physical Activities

Presenter: Dr. Yoah Sui, Post-Doctoral, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria


Saturday May 21: Building Brain Resiliency and Healthy Aging: Positive Effects of Physical Activity and Concussions in the Aging Brain

Presenters: Dr. Mauricio Garcia-Barrera, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria and Ms. Stacey Horton, Actor, Dancer and Choreographer


Saturday June 4: Interactions Between Physical Activity and Mental and Cognitive Health: What Do We Know and What Next?

Presenter: Dr. Theone Paterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria


To attend in person, register at

To attend online, register at 


For more information on each session and the speaker, see the poster. 

Call to Mind: Listening to Family Caregivers

More than 8 million Canadians are informal (unpaid) caregivers for a family member or friend with a long-term health condition. May is Family Caregiver Month, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the vital role of family and friend caregivers who provide over 80% of the care when we need it, yet are often unrecognized, unsupported and underappreciated.

On May 18, join IALH Research Fellow Debra Sheets and the team behind Call to Mind for this free public event honoring Family Caregivers. View the poster.

May 18, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 PM (PDT)
University of Victoria
Harry Hickman Lecture Theatre & Livestreamed

Host: Debra Sheets

Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate
Jen Lyle, CEO, Alzheimer's Society of BC
Barb MacLean, Executive Director, Family Caregivers of BC
Brenda Brophy, Family Caregiver and Call to Mind Storyteller

Register at 

Walking on Sunshine: Voices in Motion Spring Gala Concert

Join the Voices in Motion Choir for their Spring Gala Concert! 

Voices in Motion is a choir for persons living with dementia, their caregivers, students and friends. This concert will be sure leave you with a smile on your face and song in your heart.

To purchase tickets, see


Memory Café Victoria

This social activities program is designed for people with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Couples attend together each week for conversation, fun amd activities. Participate in games, arts, music or just socialize with others. This is a great way to make friends in a comfortable and supportive group. Some outings may be planned depending on interest. Tea, coffee and refreshments provided. Space is limited, so registration is required!

When: Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May 24 - June 28, 2022

Where: Gordon Head Rec Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way, Teen Centre Room

Cost: $120 per couple


For more information or to register, contact:

Debra Sheets, PhD, RN

Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria


Network Cafe: Leadership in Action

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) hosts bi-monthly virtual Network Cafés for Post-Doctoral Fellows and Early Career Researchers who are conducting research on issues related to aging and/or lifelong health. The goals of the Network Café include assisting attendees to:

• obtain insights on academic, non-academic and hybrid career paths;
• build professional and personal networks; and
• develop and participate in collaborative research opportunities.

The May session features presenters who have chosen to work primarily in leadership roles in non-academic settings. The panelists include:

  • Dwayne Green, Administrator, Board Director and Strategic Health Leader, Region of Peel

Dwayne Green considers himself a fortunate health leader who has an opportunity to do what they really care about, a chance to do meaningful work and to develop others who want to make a difference within their communities. Currently, he is working on approaches to the future of senior care, the future of work in long-term care, and psychological health and wellness in the workplace. He will focus on leadership transitions in long term care post COVID-19.

  • Nancy Ondrusek, Director, Research and Ethics, Public Health Ontario

Nancy Ondrusek oversees the Research and Ethics Services Team at Public Health Ontario, providing leadership for the development, implementation and management of research and ethics policies, practices, products and services. She leads the Ethics team in providing ethics review services and capacity building support to public health units across Ontario. Nancy will speak about her experiences combining academic and administrative work throughout her career and her path to a leadership role at Public Health Ontario.


Individuals interested in learning more about the Network Café should contact IALH Research Manager,
Jo Ann Miller at

Individuals interested in attending the May session need to pre-register at  The link to attend will be provided in a confirmation e-mail.

Self-Management: Staying Happy, Healthy and Active Between Visits to the Doctor

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at UVic is pleased to be hosting Dr. Kate Lorig, a partner and former director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Centre and Professor Emerita at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology.  Dr. Lorig is a pioneer in the field of chronic disease self-management. Using a public health approach, she has developed and evaluated community-based education programs for individuals with a wide range of chronic conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, cancer, and pain. Her self-management program has been adopted by organizations and communities in Canada, the US, Great Britain, Australia, China, Europe and South Africa. Dr. Lorig holds a Masters in Nursing and a Doctorate of Public Health in health education.


Self-Management: Staying Happy, Healthy and Active Between Visits to the Doctor

June 1, 2022 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Hybrid session. In-person – David Lam Auditorium at UVic and via Zoom 

Even if we have long-term conditions like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or Parkinson’s Disease, we want to continue doing the things we need and want to do. At the same time, there are challenges such as pain, depression, fatigue, disability, and/or anxiety. Relationships with friends and family change and we may not know how to use our limited time with health care providers. This session will begin with finding out the major concerns of the audience. These will then be the focus of the session. It is hoped that each person will leave with new ideas and the commitment to try a new tool to manage their long-term condition.

This session is free and open to everyone. 

To register, visit 


2021 Self-Management British Columbia Greater Victoria Workshops

During this time when social distancing is so important, Self-Management BC is unable to offer in-person sessions.

Available workshops for April - May 2022

Many programs can be done online, by telephone, or independently. For more information please visit or call TOLL FREE: 1-866-902-3767