Seniors' Health and Wellness Institute

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How to book a free workshop for your seniors group

Over the last few years, over 38,000 people throughout BC have participated in the COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute’s free health promotion workshops. We now offer workshops on 39 different issues and topics of particular interest to seniors.

Each 45 to 60 minute workshop is available free of charge to any seniors’ group of 10 or more. A trained senior volunteer presents practical and usable information. These workshops are not intended to provide any specific legal, medical or financial advice, just a better understanding and practical suggestions.

You can download a copy of the current brochure with a listing of the workshops by clicking on the button below.

Seniors Helping Seniors

To book a workshop for your group, please contact:
Workshop Coordinator

Free workshops for seniors

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Better living

  • AdvocacyWhether you are advocating for yourself or someone else, important skills, strategies and practical suggestions are presented.
  • Age-friendly communitiesThis workshop will assist individuals and groups to promote community environments that support health and well-being, not only for older adults but for all citizens.
  • Care for the caregiverWe examine causes of caregiver burnout and suggest how to prevent it. Sources of assistance and support are reviewed.
  • Healthy eating for seniorsHow to use Canada’s revised Food Guide and food labels to make healthy food choices.
  • Life without drivingThe difficult decision to no longer drive has a profound impact on many seniors. We explore warning signs of the need to consider other ways of getting around, encourage early planning, and outline alternatives to driving.
  • Memory and agingThis workshop explains how memory functions and how it changes as we age. We give tips for maintaining and improving memory, and information about when to seek professional help.
  • SleepMany older adults find it difficult to get enough sleep and this workshop explores the reasons and remedies. Information about lifestyle changes that may help is provided.
  • Social connectednessLoneliness and isolation are unhealthy. This workshop examines the social determinants of health and well-being. It helps participants to determine the level of social connectedness they need and how to achieve it.
  • Technology and agingWe describe how technology can help manage the demands of daily living, connect with family and friends, and access assistance when needed.

Better health

  • Chronic diseasesWe outline the warning signs of four of the diseases that are most likely to affect the health of senior adults: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Lung Disease. Early recognition is emphasized.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD is an umbrella term that includes two different types of lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The workshop examines the potential causes and treatment options, including helpful breathing techniques.
  • Dealing with stressNone of us can lead totally stress free lives, however, excessive stress harms the quality of life of many seniors. We help to identify and handle sources of stress.
  • DiabetesType 2 diabetes is now one of the most widespread chronic diseases worldwide and is most prevalent in people older than 40. Causes, possible preventative measures and managing the disease are discussed.
  • HearingWe review the anatomy of the ear, common causes of hearing loss, various remedies, and how to choose hearing aids.
  • HypertensionWe review the effects of high blood pressure. The workshop discusses the need to monitor blood pressure, treatment options, and the importance of prompt diagnosis.
  • Identifying addictionThree major kinds of addiction that seniors may need to deal with are Alcohol Abuse, Gambling Addiction and Medication Abuse. We examine the risk factors, and suggest how to approach a friend or family member when you suspect addiction.
  • Knowing your bladderHow the bladder functions and the causes of bladder incontinence, infection and irritation are explained. We discuss possible remedies and life style changes that can help to reduce or eliminate this problem.
  • Medication awarenessThe potential misuse of medications is a growing concern. Information about how seniors can interact with doctors and pharmacists to ensure safe and effective use of medications is presented.
  • Mental healthAre you concerned about your mental health? An overview of mental disorders and ways individuals can contribute to their own mental health are discussed.
  • Navigating the health care systemWe review many of the available medical services and what you can expect from them. Effective communication between the patient and the health care provider is emphasized.
  • OsteoarthritisThis debilitating disease is the most common form of arthritis. We describe the symptoms, explain self-management strategies, and review various therapies.

Better Health (Continued)

  • OsteoporosisThis bone disease, often called the “silent thief”, is the underlying cause of many falls. We discuss the causes, risk factors, and recent treatment options.
  • Palliative careThe focus of this workshop is on the comfort and dignity of patients as they cope with serious illness. The scope of palliative care is explained. The overall goal is to manage pain, and to provide appropriate care to enable the individual to live to the fullest.
  • Parkinson’s diseaseThis workshop provides a clear explanation of the changes in the brain which cause the disease. Signs and symptoms are discussed and treatment options are examined.
  • Skin conditionsFour major skin problems are discussed: cancer, shingles, nails fungus and pressure sores. Pictures illustrate potential warning signs. The importance of early diagnosis is emphasized.
  • StrokeAs we age, the possibility of experiencing a stroke increases. We describe the types of strokes emphasizing mini-strokes, early warning signs and information about prevention.
  • VisionWe describe the structure of the eye and explain major diseases that may affect older adults. We stress prevention and explore possible treatments.

Legal and financial

  • Financial literacyThis workshop gives an overview of how to handle and protect your money including banking and borrowing. We discuss and explain financial terminology.
  • Frauds and scamsWe investigate the ways in which fraudsters take in people in order to rob them of their money and possessions. Seniors are frequent victims, and need to be aware of how to protect themselves.
  • Housing and the care continuumWe explain the continuum of care for housing in BC. Requirements and procedures for accessing appropriate housing are discussed.
  • Pension and tax optionsThis workshop describes the potential pension benefits that may occur if a couple enters involuntary separation. The workshop also deals with the rules which govern tax allowances for caregivers and disabled persons. The procedures and forms to use to apply for these allowances are reviewed.
  • Personal planning overviewThe wisdom of having a personal plan is emphasized. Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives are needed to express your wishes regarding personal care, certain financial matters and end of life care if you are no longer able to speak for yourself.
  • Wills and estate planningWe review the legal rules for preparing wills in B.C., the duties of an executor, legal terminology, and pitfalls to avoid.


  • Emergency preparednessWhen disaster strikes people need to be ready. We explore the preparation of emergency kits, safety procedures in dangerous situations and give information about when and how to seek help.
  • Falls preventionWe review the alarming impact falls have on the well-being of seniors and identify hazards that contribute to the likelihood of falls. We recommend safeguards and demonstrate exercises to improve balance and strength.
  • Keeping seniors safeAbuse and neglect of seniors takes many forms. Participants learn how to identify suspicious signs and symptoms. We review potential causes, intervention techniques, and where to find help.
  • Licensing issues for senior driverscontact Anne O'Connor (
    for the "Staying on the Road" workshop with ICBC.
  • Pedestrian safetyAlthough walking has many benefits for older adults there is also a need to understand its potential hazards and take necessary precautions. This workshop also covers the use of public transit and improving safety in the community.
  • Safety in the homeWe provide detailed checklists of potential dangers outside the home and in every room indoors. We review fire hazards, medications and childproofing the home. We show safety devices, and provide tips for effective renovations.

Updated July 2018

COSCO Health & Wellness Institute
BC non-profit registration number S-0056866
A Registered Canadian Charity — Charity# 80164 9062 RR0001

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