Events & workshops

2020 Masterminds Lecture Series

The Masterminds Lecture Series will be returning for 2020! Please save-the-date, for this free lecture series each Wednesday evening in April 2020. Presented by University of Victoria Retirees Association and the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health—with support from UVic.

2020 Self-Management British Columbia Greater Victoria Workshops

Self-Managment British Columbia is offering a number of self-management programs in Greater Victoria between January and March 2020.

For more information or to register online please visit or call TOLL FREE: 1-866-902-3767

The workshops below are grouped by program type

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Hillside Seniors Health Centre - Yakimovich Wellness Centre
1454 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, V8T 2B7

Jan 16 - Feb 20
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

View Royal Eagle Creek YMCA-YWCA
110– 25 Helmcken Road
Victoria, V8Z 5G5

Jan 17 - Feb 21
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Greater Victoria Public Library - Juan de Fuca Branch
1759 Island Highway
Victoria, V9B 1J1

Jan 18 - Feb 22
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

South Salt Spring Seniors Centre at Lower Fulford Hall
2591 Fulford - Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, V8K 1Z3

Jan 21 - Feb 25
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Greater Victoria Public Library - sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch
385 Menzies St
Victoria, V8V 0C2

Mar 18 - Apr 22
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program

SEAPARC Leisure Complex
2168 Phillips Road
Sooke, V9Z 0Y3

Jan 20 - Mar 02
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Hillside Seniors Health Centre - Yakimovich Wellness Centre
1454 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, V8T 2B7

May 21 - Jun 25
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Diabetes Self-Managaement Program

Hillside Seniors Health Centre - Yakimovich Wellness Centre
1454 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, V8T 2B7

Mar 19 - Apr 23
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

2020 Equity-Informed Palliative Care: Research and Strategies Course

Equity-Informed Palliative Care: Research and Strategies

Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on quality of life, and the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of the dying experience. When someone is dying who is also homeless or barely housed, access to palliative care services can become difficult. People who are impacted by structural inequities such as inadequate housing, racialization, classism, stigmatization of substance use and mental illness continue to experience persistent health and health care inequities and challenges accessing health care services. Access to health care services at the end of life (EOL) is especially problematic for those who are “structurally vulnerable”. Higher incidences of substance use, severe mental illness, and homelessness and unstable housing, contribute to barriers accessing the health services needed to ensure quality EOL care. This course engages participants to consider what it takes to create equity for all at the end-of-life, drawing on current research findings and clinical experiences of working with structurally vulnerable people at the end of life.

This is a professional development course for health and helping professionals and volunteers engaged with structurally vulnerable populations.

When? Tuesday, February 18 2020 from 6:00p.m.- 9:00 p.m

Where? University of Victoria, TBA

Presented by: Kelli I. Stajduhar, RN, PhD, FCAHS and Ashley Mollison, MA

Registration will open, Winter 2019. 

Please check Continuing Studies for registration details.

2019 "Before I Die" Global Art Project

"Before I Die" Global Art Project

The "Before I Die" global art project is coming to the University of Victoria on October 30, 31, and November 1 at the Student Union Building (SUB).

A life-size chalk wall invites UVIC's community to contemplate death and reflect on what matters in life. Participants look upon a chalk wall that asks them to complete the open-ended sentence: "Before I die, I want to..." There are currently over 5,000 walls around the world and now, Deathly Matters, the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, and UVIC Nursing are bringing this engaging and thought-provoking community project right to our backyard.

We invite and encourage all members of the UVIC community to stop by the wall, write your own statement, and see what others want to do before they die. Take a photo and upload to twitter with the #BeforeIDie hashtag.

When? October 30, 31, and November 1, 2019

Where? University of Victoria Student Union Building

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2019 Voices in Motion Winter Concerts

Led by Drs Debra Sheets, Stuart MacDonald, Andre Smith, and Mary Kennedy (UVic), Dr Helen Kivnich (University of Minnesota), Dr Carl Asche (University of Illinois), and Erica Phare-Berg (St Andrews High School), Voices in Motion is an intergenerational community choir for persons with Alzheimer's Disease, and their family caregivers, that will explore the impact of participation in an intergenerational choir on quality of life, well-being and social networks. Voices in Motion is actively recruiting members.

What are the goals of this program?

This program includes a caregiver survey that asks questions about wellbeing, stress, social connections, overall health and satisfaction, and depression. Both the caregiver and care recipient must commit to attending choir practice for 1.5 hours every week for the 14 week season at a local high school. Each week will begin with 15 minutes of socialization, 50 minutes of choir, and then another 15 minutes of socialization. Both the caregiver and care recipient will participate in separate 45 minute focus groups at the start of the choir season and at the end of the season. Care recipients will be asked to complete five neuropsychological assessments during Spring 2017 and a minimum of six neuropsychological assessments between September 2018 and June 2019. Each assessment requires a maximum of two hours to complete depending on the participant.

Local Principal Investigator: Dr. Debra Sheets, Dr. Stuart MacDonald, Dr. Andre Smith, and Dr. Mary Kennedy

For more information, please contact Dr. Debra Sheets or visit the study website.

2019 Voices in Motion Winter Concerts:

December 3 - Mount St. Mary’s - 6pm
December 8 - St. Aidan’s United Church - 3pm
December 13 - Gordon Head Rec Centre - 7pm (to be confirmed)
December 14 - Victoria Christian Reformed Church - 3pm
December 17 - Luther Court - 10:15am
December 18 - The Priory (Langford) - 10:15am

2019 Elder Academy

Complementary Medicine: Expanding your choices

Complementary and alternative healthcare and medical practices (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine (Int J Health Sci, Qassim, 2008 Jan; 2(1)). The list of practices that are considered as CAM changes continually as CAM practices and therapies that are proven safe and effective become accepted as the “mainstream” healthcare practices. The UVRA Elder Academy has been fortunate to have five presenters introduce us to a cross section of complementary and alternative healthcare and medical practices. Learn more about these practices so that you can make well informed choices.

Where? University of Victoria, David Turpin Building (DTB), A Wing, Room A102

When? Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 from 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

COST: $25.00 for the whole series. No per session reduced cost, and no refunds.

Register here

For more information please click here

LECTURE 1: “Complementary Medicine” in Context: where does it come from – and where is it going?

Date: November 02, 2019

Presented by: Peter Conway, Dip Phyt, FNIMH, FCPP, DTM, Cert Ed

LECTURE 2: "Ayurvedic Medicine and Wisdom Traditions for Practical Day-to-day Healing”

Date: November 09, 2019

Presented by: Presenter: Elham Ansari, BFA, CAP, RYT, BCHN (Board-Certified Holistic Nutrition)

LECTURE 3: "Medical Qigong: The Taoist Art of Nurturing Life to promote Healing, Transformation and Optimum Wellness"

Date: November 16, 2019

Presented by: Sylvia K.Freya Fockler, MA (Sociology), RST, BCST, Jin Shin Do(R) Acupressure Therapist & Teacher, Medical Qigong Therapist and Teacher

LECTURE 4: "The Role of Cannabis in Seniors Health"

Date: November 23, 2019

Presented by: David Hutchinson

LECTURE 5: "Healthy Aging: A Naturopathic Perspective"

Date: November 30, 2019

Presenters: Dr. Jasmine Wong, ND & Dr. Natasha Montroy, ND

2019 Valued Elder Recognition Awards and International Day of Older Persons Lecture

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, in partnership with the Eldercare Foundation, are co-presenting the Valued Elder Recognition Awards (VERA) ceremony on the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Where? Union Club of British Columbia, Centennial Ballroom, 805 Gordon Street  Victoria BC

When? October 1, 2019 from 1:30p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Keynote: “Cannabis in the Treatment of Pain, Mental Health & Addiction” presented by Philippe Lucas, PhD(c); Vice President, Global Patient Research & Access, Tilray.