Yakimovich Wellness Centre

About the Yakimovich Wellness Centre

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre is a place of learning in a large room that seats 60 people and has a full complement of AV equipment. The Centre offers free health education; Self-Management and community programs to adult population as well as peer support groups. The Centre can be booked for staff education both within Island Health and community groups. There is no charge to use the space – if interested in using the facility please contact, Liz McCarter: 250-580-3034 or by email: Elizabeth.McCarter@viha.ca

NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, the Centre is not currently hosting in-person sessions.

YWC Education sessions

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre has started offering sessions again. The upcoming schedule of sessions will all be virtual using zoom – this means you get to view the sessions from the comfort of  your own home.

May 2021 Sessions

Topic: Introduction to Advance Care Planning- Part 1 and Part 2

Date: Wednesday, May 12 and 19, 2021

Time: 10:30am – 12noon

Presenters: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter

Session Description: We plan for birthdays, weddings, and even dinner – so why don’t we plan our health care?

What health care decisions are made when you are no longer capable of making them yourself? Who acts as your Representative or Substitute Decision Maker? What are your values, wishes and beliefs?

These are all questions that get addressed during your advance care planning process.

Although Advance Care Planning is often thought of as planning for the end of life, it is really about planning for life, up to and including death.

It is a process of thinking about what is important to you. What are your beliefs, values and wishes for your care?

Advance care planning is also about sharing those wishes, especially with your substitute decision-maker (the person who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) so that your family and friends know how you would like to be cared for in the future.

But lots of resources have too much medical, and legal jargon it’s hard to know where to start. This two-part workshop helps you tackle planning with confidence. You will finish having the tools and skills to start the conversation with your friends, loved ones, and health care providers.

will help participants get started working on their own plans, and having conversations with their loved ones. Register now!

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Topic: Three Decades of Novel Coronaviruses: What we have Learned and Future Challenges

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau  

Session Description: A summary of what has been learned from SARS (2002), MERS (2012), and now COVID-19 and what challenges lie ahead.

Code number and link for LMS – Learning Hub: #16113- YWC: Three Decades of Novel Coronaviruses: What we have Learned and Future Challenges

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Topic: Boosting or Maintaining Brain Power as you Grow Older

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Presenter: Dr. David Docherty, Professor Emeritus, School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, University of Victoria, UVic Speakers Bureau

Session Description: This presentation looks at ways to maintain or boost brain power through lifestyle choices, especially the role of physical activity which is the number one way to preserve memory and other cognitive functions.

Code Number and Link to LMS-Learning Hub: #16114- YWC: Boosting or Maintaining Brain Power as You Grow Older

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Topic: Social Media and Health Misinformation: Separating Fact from Fiction

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Presenter: Anureet Lotay, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, UVic Speakers Bureau

Session Description: Can blueberries cure cancer? Will taking supplements prevent me from getting sick during a pandemic? We often see our friends and/or family, or just strangers on the internet, share health information that can look convincing but may be wrong, or worse, dangerous to your health. This presentation will help you understand how to separate health facts from fiction by learning how to spot misinformation, how to fact check, how to identify and use trustworthy sources, and how to counter such misinformation.

Code Number and Link to LMS-Learning Hub: #16115- YWC: Social Media and Health Misinformation: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Topic: A Critical Evaluation of Using Probiotics as Therapeutics to Restore and Maintain a Healthy Gut

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speakers Bureau  

Session Description: Claims that live bacterial cultures, known as probiotics, are beneficial to human health date back over 100 years. The claims associated with these products range from improved digestive function to bolstered immune systems, and the scientific validity for these claims will be critically examined.

Code Number and Link to LMS-Learning Hub: #16117- YWC: A Critical Evaluation of Using Probiotics as Therapeutics to Restore and Maintain a Healthy Gut

if you see something that interests you and you would like to sign up - please see below

Have questions or need more information?

Contact: Liz McCarter, Restorative Health & Yakimovich Wellness Centre Coordinator
Phone: 250-580-3034 Email: Elizabeth.McCarter@viha.ca

Address: Hillside Seniors Health Centre, 1454 Hillside Ave,
Victoria, BC, V8T 2B7
Official Website: https://www.islandhealth.ca/yakimovich (under development)