Fall 2023 Personal Planning Workshops

The Seniors’ Health & Wellness Institute is pleased to again host a series of Personal Planning workshops via Zoom. It is your information guide to start and/or complete the planning and documentation for your future personal, medical, and legal requirements. It will answer many of your questions and help you prepare to put documents in place, so your loved ones have clear and specific guidelines to follow.

You may opt for only those sessions you feel are currently most relevant for you, but it is highly recommended that you attend all seven sessions to explore all your options. Please note that you must register for each session individually.

See below for details and registration for each session

    Personal Planning Overview

    Thursday, October 5, 2023 10:30 AM PDT (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    The wisdom of having a personal plan is emphasized. Various legal documents are needed to fully express your wishes regarding personal care, certain financial matters, and end of life care, particularly if you are unable to speak for yourself.

    Register me for Personal Planning Overview.

    Advance Care Planning

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 10:30 AM PDT (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    British Columbia legislation allows individuals to express their wishes, usually in writing, regarding the care they want to receive or reject. The first steps include conversations with family and/or friends to draft a written summary of your values and instructions. This workshop outlines why planning is important and what your options are for preparing written documents for your future care.

    Register me for Advance Care Planning.

    Power of Attorney

    Thursday, October 19, 2023 10:30 AM PDT (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    There are four types of Power of Attorney [PoA] in BC, most people are familiar with only one. In this workshop, we discuss all four types, consider when you need a PoA, what potential problems there might be with one, considerations for selecting and appointing an Attorney given their duties and responsibilities, and how you would change your Attorney if needed.

    Register me for Power of Attorney.

    Representation Agreements

    Thursday, October 26, 2023 10:30 AM PDT (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    These legal and binding documents allow an individual to have someone else speak for them should they be incapable of speaking for themselves, with regard to health and personal care as well as routine financial affairs. There are two types of Representation Agreements in BC and we discuss their importance and their differences. In addition, we consider criteria for choosing your Representative as we outline the duties and responsibilities of that role.

    Register me for Representation Agreements.

    Advance Directive

    Thursday, November 2, 2023 10:30 AM PDT (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    Creating an advance directive takes the results of your advance care plan and outlines how you might proceed, including brief overviews of the legal documents you may want to prepare to ensure specific aspects of your wishes are given legal standing, to further ensure they are known and followed.

    Register me for Advance Directive.

    Palliative Care

    Thursday, November 9, 2023 10:30 AM PST (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    The 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 being to manage pain while optimizing quality of life.

    Register me for Palliative Care.


    Thursday, November 16, 2023 10:30 AM PST (Pacific/Vancouver Time)

    We review the legal rules for preparing wills in B.C., the duties of an executor, legal terminology, and pitfalls to avoid.

    Register me for Wills.