VOICES in MOTION Research Study is a joy-filled intergenerational choir for persons with memory loss, their caregivers and high school students. UVic is recruiting for 2 new choirs now! Both choirs will be part of a study that explores the impact of participation in an intergenerational choir on social connections and quality of life.
If you or someone you know has mild to moderate dementia, or you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, check out the eligibility and study requirements at uvic.ca/voicesinmotion. If you have any further questions or want to participate, call 250-721-8595 or email voicesinmotionchoir@uvic.ca.

This project is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society Research Program and Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation. Community Collaborators include St. Andrews High School, Pacific Christian School and Island Health. 

Victoria Assistive Devices and Coaching Study – VADAC is recruiting seniors who:
→ Are living in the Greater Victoria area, including Metchosin
→ Are living alone in their own home
→ Have one or more chronic health conditions
→ Have been hospitalized in the last 3 months

Eligible seniors will be randomly assigned to one of 3 groups and for a period of 3 months will receive free health coaching by telephone. 
Group 1 will receive weekly 30-minute telephone calls from a trained peer coach starting immediately
Group 2 will receive weekly 30-minute telephone calls from a trained peer coach after a 3-month wait
Group 3 will receive weekly 30-minute telephone calls from a trained peer coach AND will use assistive devices that are installed in their home by the study team at no cost

ALL participants will receive a copy of the resource/workbook “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”

For more information or to enrol in the VADAC Study, please call the Health Coach Coordinator toll-free at 1-866-902-3767 or email VADAC@uvic.ca. This study has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Program. Visit www.selfmanagementbc.ca to learn more.

AND…DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE about services, programs and support for seniors living in the Westshore? You are invited to attend an OPEN BOARD FORUM with Island Health’s Board of Directors, who are committed to reporting on progress and hearing from local residents.

FORUM TOPICS will include:

Primary and Community Care

→ Successes and Opportunities in Health Care
→ Island Health Directions for 2019

Public Presentations to include: 
VADAC – Victoria Assistive Devices and Coaching on research study, and call for participants and coaches
Acquired Brain Injury Wellness Inc., on a novel approach to chronic brain injury rehabilitation
Seniors’ Resource Centre – Metchosin on community health initiatives targeted towards the senior populations living in the Westshore
Sooke School District on local community health initiatives on building capacity in the health and education systems

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE PUBLIC FORUM on Thursday, January 31st from 1:30-3:30PM at the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre Fieldhouse, (Lower Park) 1767 Island Highway in Colwood.

For more information or to arrange a ride to this event from Metchosin, please call us at 250-478-5150.