Okanagan Embrace Aging events in March

UBCO presents second annual Okanagan Embrace Aging month of public events.

  • Mar. 10, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Aging—it’s something we all do. And hope to do well.

With March being Embrace Aging month at UBC Okanagan, the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, along with the faculty of health and social development and Interior Health, have teamed up to present a number of events that may help with the transition from middle age to senior citizen.

“Aging populations are at risk of chronic illness and poor well-being, and consequently fostering health and wellness have become critically important in today’s communities,” said Joan Bottorff, IHLCDP director.

“There are many ways to support older adults so they can enjoy healthier lives in a variety of settings and circumstances, and we want everyone to know about them.”

Bottorff said organizers have lined up a variety of public events ranging from dealing with behaviour changes with dementia, to why it’s important to keep singing, and even how to transition into hanging up the car keys.

“The sessions are for everyone—young and old alike; and focus on a variety of topics related to healthy aging and ways to enhance quality of life among seniors,” Bottoroff said.

While some events take place on campus, others are at the Okanagan Regional Library, the Parkinson Recreation Centre, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts. All are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

 

Event line-up

• Savvy Seniors: New Communication Technologies and You

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event is facilitated by students in UBCO’s Community Service Learning Program offering a brief lesson on new communication technologies such as iPads, iPods, smartphones and laptops, along with the use of applications such as Skype and Facebook.

Bring your questions, curiosity and gadgets to discover some of the amazing things technology can help you achieve.

Laptops and tablets will be provided if you do not have your own device. This event takes place at the downtown Kelowna Library, 1380 Ellis St. Register at savvysenior.eventbrite.ca

• Is Chronic Inflammation the Common Link Between Aging and Chronic Disease?

Thursday, March 12, noon to 1 p.m.

Join assistant professor Jonathan Little for discussion about chronic disease among seniors.

This event takes place at the UBCO campus, room ART 365 in the Arts Building. Register at inflammaging.eventbrite.ca

• Behaviour Challenges of Dementia

Wednesday, March 18, noon to 1 p.m.

Trevor Janz, residential care medical director with Interior Health, will discuss why some people with dementia experience a change in behaviour and why it’s so common. His presentation takes place at RHS 129 in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre on the UBCO campus. Registration is at behaviourchallenge.eventbrite.ca

• Driving Transitions: Hanging Up the Car Keys

Wednesday, March 18, 4 to 5 p.m.

Lindsay Burton, graduate student with UBC’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, will discuss this sensitive issue. Takes place at the Activity Centre, Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way. Register at drivingtransitions.eventbrite.ca

• Walk ‘n Talk for Life

Thursday March 19, noon to 1 p.m.

Learn how the Walk ‘n Talk for Life program helps to tackle loneliness and isolation while at the same time improve the health and well-being of seniors in the Kelowna area. Charlotte Jones, associate professor of medicine, Southern Medical Program, will be joined by psychology student Clara Burdett and Walk ‘n Talk participant Diane Cumming to discuss this popular new program.

Event takes place at RHS 129, in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre on the UBCO campus, with registration at talknwalk.eventbrite.ca

• Reducing Medication in the Frail Elderly

Wednesday, March 25, noon to 1 p.m.

Join Trevor Janz, Interior Health regional residential care medical director, as he talks about seniors’ medication. Takes place at RHS 129, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, UBCO campus. Register at reducingmedication.eventbrite.ca.

• Keep Seniors Singing

Thursday, March 26, 3 to 4 p.m.

Nigel Brown, Sing for Your Life Foundation executive director, will discuss why singing and music is important. Takes place at the Spartan Room in the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Register at sing4yourlife.eventbrite.ca

• It’s Your Life: Cancer Prevention and You

Friday, March 27, noon to 1 p.m.

Representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society, Randene Wejr and Jerilynn Maki, will provide tips that may help prevent onset of this serious disease. Takes place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts Atrium, 421 Cawston Ave. Register at reducecancer.eventbrite.ca.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission serves annual Christmas dinner

Between 700 to 800 meals were served Saturday to the community

Your weekend story highlights

Every Saturday, the Capital News will highlight stories from the week

The Paperboys visit Kelowna

Check out the Rotary Centre for the Arts Jan. 27

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

All aboard the Summerland Christmas Express

The first train of the Summerland Christmas Express schedule.

All aboard the Summerland Christmas Express

The first train of the Summerland Christmas Express schedule.

Meningococcal clinics open this Sunday

Interior Health is stepping up efforts to get young people vaccinated against Meningococcal.

Kamloops RCMP warning public to stay away from unfolding domestic dispute

The public is being asked to avoid Sabiston Creek Road off of the highway

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Most Read