Dates in blue are events cancelled due to the pandemic

March 30

Aging: A lifelong process

Join the conversation about aging and share your concerns. Isobel wants to hear from you.

Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate
Office of the Seniors Advocate, British Columbia

March 26

Transitions in Care: Improving the outcome

Evidence-informed transformation and delivery of more integrated health care to improve clinical, population health, health equity, and health system outcomes for the older adult in Residential care.

Rachel Lewis, RN, BSN, MScN
Sun Pointe Village Administrator, Baptist Housing

March 26

Feldenkrais – Life is movement

A revolutionary approach to improving your life through gentle, mindful movements that aims to increase self-awareness. The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais has helped millions of people worldwide

Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Functional Movement Specialist

Alice Friedman, Assistant Trainer

Brought to you by Springfield Funeral Home

March 25

Postponed – Gut health: A key to unlocking better health and wellbeing

Cafe Scientifique
Presented by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and Interior Health

Gut health is fast becoming one of the most important factors in healthy aging, and could stave off chronic diseases such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Gut health has even been linked to mental health and neurological conditions like schizophrenia and dementia. Hear about the latest research on the ways the millions of microbes that live in the digestive tract affect our body and our mind, and how a healthy lifestyle can sustain gut health and prevent chronic disease. This panel will feature researchers who are leading breakthroughs in this area of science.

Dr. Deanna Gibson, Associate Professor
Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Ms. Natasha Haskey, PhD candidate and Registered Dietitian
Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Ms. Candice Quin, PhD candidate
Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Mr. Gerald de Veer, Patient Perspective
President, Okanagan Chapter, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Dr. Andis Klegeris, Professor
Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, Associate Vice Principal, Research
UBC Okanagan

March 24
Lake Country

30 – West Kelowna

Benefits of reflexology workshop

This workshop will provide you the opportunity to learn about the benefits of reflexology and practice some reflex points on a partner or yourself.

Maralee Webber, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Craniosacral Therapist
Alternative & Holistic Health Service, IRIE Wellness

March 20

Older adult vaccination: A shot of truth

A recent survey shows that while most adults believed they had received all vaccines required for someone their age, less that 10% were actually up to date on their vaccinations. Come and learn about vaccinations and the recommended vaccination schedule.

Andrew Bennett, R.Ph, BSc Pharm
Clinical Consultant Pharmacist

March 19

Postponed – Getting hooked on fishing

Co-hosted by Okanagan Men’s Shed  and the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

There is nothing like spending the day by the water, casting a line, and enjoying the outdoors.
Want to go fishing, but don’t know where to start?
Interested in some new tips about fishing and cooking fish from the experts?
This session includes the basics of fly fishing, how to prepare your catch, along with some cooking tricks, and the health benefits of fishing.

Join us to hear:
Nick Pace, a fishing guide in Kelowna and co-owner of Trout Waters Fly &Tackle
Rob Ferroux, avid year-around fisherman

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March 18

Healthy adult aging and balance: Where do we stand?

Brian Dalton, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development,  UBC Okanagan

Abstract  Approximately one out of every four older people encounter a fall per year, which can lead to serious injury. Balance is an important aspect for activities of independent, daily living. This talk explores an overview of the underlying causes of age-related falls risks and discuss potential factors that may enhance standing balance control.

March 17

Loss, loneliness and isolation: Is it the new smoking?

Loss, loneliness and isolation can cause health decline. Understand what this means, how it affects health and how to address the problem.

Janine Karlsen, RN, MSc
Home Instead Senior Care
Hope Kelly, RCA
Home Care Consultant, Home Instead Senior Care

March 16

Healthy eating in 2020: Cooking tips for 1-2 adults

Rebecca Frechette and UBC Okanagan School of Health and Exercise Sciences Practicum Students
Jennifer Podovennikoff, Dietician, Healthy Essentials Clinic

March 12

Seniors Health Assessment – YMCA

This 45 – 60 minute assessment measures various health indicators that contribute to your overall health and help prevent the risk of disease. Tests include: blood pressure, cardiovascular health, muscular strength, balance, agility and more!

March 12

Leaving a legacy with planned giving

Learn from an expert how to effectively maximize your gift and impact, while maximizing the tax benefits.

Geoffrey W. White, Lawyer with Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation

Hosted by Habitat for Humanity

March 11

Muscle fatigue: Does age impact performance?


  • Alex Yacyshyn, PhD Candidate
    School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract  Fatigue that develops within muscles during physical activity can impact quality of daily living, particularly in older adults. This presentation covers an overview of age-related changes to the nervous and muscular systems and the effects on muscle fatigue. Data from a recent UBCO study investigating the differences in muscle fatigue for males and females across the human lifespan is also be presented.

March 11

Postponed – Dr. Art Hister presents a guide to living a long and healthy life

March 11

Hearing is believing: Access your tablet’s assistive technologies

Do you have an iPad or iPhone but find yourself frustrated with the experience of reading it? Having the option to listen to information on your device can make being ‘connected’ less frustrating. There are simple accessibility tips to have your device read your favourite documents so you can ‘hear’ instead of read your article, recipe, news or book.
This session will explore ways to use assistive technology to optimize your experience using your device and enhance your experience.

Meghan Currie, Inclusive Technology Lab Coordinator, UBC Okanagan

Hosted by UBCO Innovation Library

March 10
Lake Country

11 – Kelowna

9 Struggles Executors Face

A simple overview of how to make things easier for your loved ones while saving you money and removing some of the stress of estate settlements. Learn about probate and your estate, pre-planning benefits and simplifying your executor’s job.

Mariko Nagata, MBA, CPCA
Family Experience / Celebrant

Charlotte Lutzer, BComm,
Pre-planning Consultant

Sponsored by Springfield Funeral Home

March 10

Understanding obesity at any age

Cafe Scientifique:
Hosted by Obesity Canada, Okanagan Local Chapter
Sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, and the BC Diabetes Research Network

Did you know that the Canadian Medical Association, American Medical Association and World Health Organization now consider obesity to be a chronic disease? However, clinical management and treatment are still not well understood by patients, healthcare providers, and the general public. Beyond its effects on physical health, obesity also affects peoples’ mental health and has significant impact on emotional and social well-being.

Dr. Tom Warshawski, Pediatrician
Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation

Karyn Rasmussen, Registered Dietitian
Interior Health; Kelowna Bariatric Surgery

Jordelle Dupré
, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
C.O.A.C.H. Cardiac Rehabilitation
Kelowna Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Lesley Lutes
, Registered Psychologist
Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Psychology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Brady Strachan, CBC Radio, Kelowna

March 10

Taking care of YOU: Self-care for caregivers

Caring for yourself is the most important – and often the most forgotten – thing you can do as a caregiver. Learn 6 self-care strategies so you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.

Naomi Mison
Marketing and Recruitment Specialist, Okanagan Clinical Trials

March 9

Is Alzheimer’s in your genes?

An informative session on the known risks for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, including an update on current clinical research as we seek for a cure.

Kim Christie, PhD
President, Okanagan Clinical Trials

March 9 – Family YMCA

March 16 – H2O Fitness Centre

March 23 – YMCA Downtown

Mingle Mondays – YMCA monthly social

Mingle Mondays
The Y would like to invite all older adults to join us in our monthly social.
Mingle Mondays is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, while enjoying a light snack.

March 7
March 14

Quality of Life Workshop

Hosted by Central Okanagan Hospice Association – CANCELLED

Caregiving will be rewarding and challenging. This workshop can be helpful for anyone who is caregiving for someone living with a serious illness or receiving palliative care at home.

March 6

March 13
March 20
March 27

Smart Phone and Tablet Basics

Brought to you by the Community Service Learning program students of the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Make the most of your device!
Learn the basics of apps, social media, photos, safety and security on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet.

March 6
W Kelowna

12 – Kelowna
31 – Lake Country

Estate planning essentials: What you need to know


  • Doug McMechan, Business Succession & Estate Planning Specialist, Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Dwayne Remple, Estate Planning Specialist, Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Tanya Mcloughlin, Certified Executor Advisor, Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Dylan Switzer, Managing Partner, FH&P Lawyers LLP


  • Rod Rieu, Assistant Vice President, Wealth and Relationship Services, Interior Savings Credit Union

Abstract Estate planning may seem like something only millionaires do, but the truth is, everyone needs an estate plan, no matter how much money you have. Learn how you can avoid the common pitfalls and how to maximize the benefits of planning your estate. A panel of experts in financial planning and law will share the basics of estate planning and answer your questions.

March 6

19 – West Kelowna

Happy homes, health people: How home sharing is changing the way seniors age in place


  • Amanda Aubé, Happipad Community Associate

Abstract Home sharing is an emerging trend in Canada among older adults that provides many social and economic benefits. This session explains what home sharing is, the benefits and disadvantages, and how to set up a successful home sharing arrangement.

March 5

Hear better: Live better


  • Colin VanBergen, Registered Audiologist, NexGen Hearing

Abstract Take control of your hearing health. This presentation shared what you may be missing if you are unaware that you are living with hearing loss, and the signs that you and your loved ones should know. Complimentary on-site hearing screening test was offered.

Thank you to NexGen Hearing for supporting Okanagan Embrace Aging month as a Community Sponsor

March 4

Mental Health 101


  • Shirley Hogan, Community Education Facilitator
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna

Abstract We all have mental health, but there are still many misconceptions about what it takes to flourish and what it means to struggle. This presentation discussed an overview of mental health: what it is, how to promote positive mental health, and how to support yourself or someone else who may be experiencing low mood, depression, and/or anxiety.

March 4
5 – Peachland

12 – West Kelowna
16 – Kelowna

17 – Lake Country
20 – Vernon
27 – Kamloops

MyHealthPortal – Electronic health records and you


  • Sarah Carson, Interior Health

MyHealthPortal provides patients with 24 hour access to their health information via their phone, tablet or computer, through a secure portal from the Interior Health website. Features include the ability to view Interior health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports (such as X-ray, CT and ultrasound), certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.​

March 3

Balance and Dizziness


  • Dr. Nichole Sorensen, Au.D, RAUD, RHIP, Doctor of Audiology
    Lakeside Hearing, Kelowna

Abstract Dizziness and balance problems can range from mild to debilitating. This presentation discussed common signs of vertigo or balance problems and how vestibular therapy can help.

March 3
Lake Country
4 – Kelowna

25 – West Kelowna

Scam protection: Knowledge is power


  • Paula Naka, Manager, Risk Management
    Interior Savings Credit Union

Paula has lead ISCU Risk Management team for seven years and works closely with the RCMP and colleagues across the country to help reduce fraud.
Paula’s favourite resource is the The Little Black Book of Scams

March 2

Disrupt Ageism


  • Rachel Lewis, RN, BSN, MScN
    Sun Pointe Village Administrator, Baptist Housing

Abstract This presentation addresses common perceptions and stereotypes about aging and older adults, including language, thoughts and actions.