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Research Participants Needed

Pain Knowledge Needs of Family Caregivers and Persons with Dementia: Role of Virtual Reality as a Training Modality

We are looking for people living with dementia and their family caregivers (family members or friends who assist with care or provide company for 4 or more hours/week) to volunteer to share their experiences about pain management and their opinions on virtual reality for pain education.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to: complete a brief paper survey with questions about you (10 minutes), and an interview that will last approximately 60 minutes. The interview will be held in a location that is convenient for you (e.g., your residence, or a private meeting location at the hospital or university).

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Saskatchewan Health Authority Research Ethics Office (REB 19-19).

For more informa on about this study, or to volunteer: Susan Tupper, Lead Researcher, 306-655-1041 susan.tupper@saskhealthauthority.ca OR Kirstie Gibson, Research Assistant, at 306-202-6330 or kig579@mail.usask.ca

FREE Arthritis Symposium

FREE Arthritis Symposium with Webcast and Resource Fair

Chronic pain is a reality for millions of Canadians living with arthritis – but there are ways to manage your pain and preserve your quality of life. This interactive, three-city live event is hosted by the Arthritis Society with access to experts in the field increase your understanding of chronic pain and how to keep it from taking control of your life.
Seats are limited – register today at arthritis.ca/prairiesymposium or call 1-800-321-1433

DATE: Sat. Nov. 3, 2018, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Radisson Hotel, 405 – 20 Street, SASKATOON

SPEAKERS: Live In Saskatoon: Trevor Donald, Saskatoon Physiotherapist
Via webcast from Edmonton: Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed, Anesthesiologist, Chronic Pain & Cannabinoid Medicine
Via webcast from Winnipeg: Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy, Rheumatologist & Arthritis Researcher

COST: FREE! Includes lunch

Learn about
– Pain research & management
– Cutting edge treatments
– Finding information & support
– The importance of lifestyle choices

Can’t attend in person? Register for the two-hour WEBCAST

NEW #808 Bus Route

Saskatoon Transit is piloting a new bus route that will improve access to many medical and health facilities throughout the city. Route 808 will run on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. starting June 1, 2018.

It will service the following facilities every 45 minutes:

Bus Stop Number – Building
#5899 – City Hall
#3168 – Saskatoon Housing Authority
#5839 – RUH / Cancer Centre
#5838 – Field House
#5480 – Luther Tower
#4140 – Ronald McDonald House
#5865 – City Hospital
#3169 – Medical Arts Building

Route 808 will provide Access Transit customers with an alternative transportation option to attend medical and health appointments.

Use the Transit mobile app or route map to plan your trip.

If the pilot route is determined as successful based on customer feedback, it may become permanent.

City of Saskatoon page

Influenza Immunization 2017

Influenza Immunization begins October 23, 2017

Prairieland Park – 503 Ruth Street West-Hall A
October 27: 12:30 – 7 pm
October 28 & 29: 9 am – 4 pm

Lakewood Civic Centre – 1635 McKercher Drive
November 2 & 3: 12:30 – 7 pm

Visit: www.4flu.ca or 306-655-4358 (Toll Free at 1-877-757-4358) for:
– Other locations inside and outside the City of Saskatoon
– Pharmacies and Physicians offering influenza vaccine
– Appointment booking options for families with children under 9 years of age

Community of Heroes 2017

This is your VIP invitation to Community of Heroes 2017

In Canada, 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year. Survival for someone who has a cardiac arrest depends on bystanders knowing what to do and acting quickly, but, unfortunately, this action happens in less than one-third of these cases.

The Community of Heroes event aims to increase the bystander response to cardiac arrest by helping community members learn to do Hands–only CPR and how to use a defibrillator (AED).

And to top it off, everyone will have a chance to show off their new skills in our unique CPR relay!

Please join us at this event. Your participation will help Heart & Stroke and MD Ambulance create a Community of Heroes in Saskatoon.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Friendship Park
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Participate in this great event and take a turn in our CPR relay to help show all of Saskatoon how easy it is to save a life and encourage others to participate as well.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 4, 2017 by contacting Cecile Klein, Resuscitation Program Coordinator, cecile.klein@heartandstroke.ca or 306-500-6027.

Family-friendly, no experience required, and your participation takes less than an hour.

Kidney Foundation fundraising

The Saskatoon Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease by funding innovative research, providing education and support, and increasing public awareness of kidney health and organ donation.

Please give generously when a volunteer knocks on your door during the month of March. All volunteers will be able to write you an official tax receipt at the door.

For more information or to register to canvass your neighbourhood, please contact:
Saskatoon – Kurt at 306-664-8588 or saskatoonmd@kidney.sk.ca


Mind, Exercise, Nutrition – Do it!

MEND Saskatchewan is offering a number of FREE programs for families with children’s of various age groups to adopt healthy lifestyles. Typically programs run 90 minutes, once or twice per week over a ten week span. During this program, parents and children will learn numerous skills ranging from healthy eating, demonstration, games and a number of fun interactive activities.

MEND for 7-13 year olds
Do you want to help your 7-13 year old:
– make better food choices?
– watch less TV or play less video games
– to be more active or participate in a sport?
– maintain a healthy weight?

MEND can show you how small changes can make a big difference!
– MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier.
– This FREE program is fun and interactive and supports you and your children(ren) to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

What happens at the MEND program?
– Parents /caregivers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being physically active.
– Twice-weekly sessions are a mix of family activities where we show you how small changes can make a big difference.
– Practical demonstrations, games and tips about healthy foods, label reading and portion sizes.
– Fun physical activity sessions for the kids in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
– After 10 weeks, you and your family will be well on your way to a healthier life!

St. Marks – 414 Pendygrasse Road
Monday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
January 23rd – March 23rd (Cancelled February 20th & 22nd)

College of Kinesiology-Physical Activity Center – 87 Campus Road
Sundays 10:00am-12:00noon & Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
January 22nd – March 23rd (Cancelled February 19th & 23rd)

MEND for 2 – 4 year olds
What is MEND 2-4?
– MEND 2-4 is a FREE comprehensive, family-based healthy lifestyle program for all families with children aged 2-4 years. This program is designed to promote healthy eating and activity habits from an early age.

Who can participate?
– MEND 2-4 is for children and families who are interested learning about healthy lifestyles. Children do not have to be above a healthy weight.

What happens at the MEND program?
– MEND 2-4 consists of ten sessions, once per week. Each session is 90 minutes long
– Parents /caregivers join their children in each session
– Spend time playing with your child and learn new games
– Take part in a parent discussion while your child plays
– Learn fun ways to introduce new foods and add variety
– Learn how to read and understand food labels and ingredients
– Learn how to deal with challenging behaviours
– Meet other parents and families in your area and make new friends

Brunskill School – 101 Wiggins Ave N
Saturdays 10:00-11:30am
January 28th –April 8th, 2017
10-11:30am (Cancelled February 18)

For more information please visit www.mendsk.ca

New Dancers Class

Dancing is movement set to music! Learn to Dance!

Waltz, Two Step, etc.
It’s “choreographed ballroom dancing”

Fridays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Starting January 6, 2017
Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Ave. S., Second Floor
(south entrance to basement to elevator)

Dance for your health! Dance is for the active in heart and mind!

Information: Phone 306-290-5486
Karousels Dance Club

Caregiver Forum 2016

Caregiver Forum 2016:
Transitions Inviting: Support in the Life of a Caregiver

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Baptist Church – 1636 Acadia Drive (back entrance)

Tickets $20 (includes light lunch) – Phone 306-652-2255 by March 14th.
Displays, presentation, speakers & networking with other caregivers.


Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
2020 College Drive (Located in the Saskatoon Field House)
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4 Phone: 306-652-2255

Living with Mental Illness Conference

The Living with Mental Illness Conference LWMI is dedicated to providing information and support to those individuals who live with someone who has a mental illness. It provides an opportunity for those caregivers and family to gain knowledge and support in a caring environment.

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Saskatoon Travelodge Hotel
106 Circle Drive West, Saskatoon SK
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The LWMI conference is a nonprofit provincial conference that has been in existence for 23 years. Approximately 200 people attend the conference on an annual basis including consumers of mental health and their families and friends as well as professionals and students of health care. The conference has a concurrent child and youth conference which provides information and supportto children and teens that have parents or loved ones with a mental illness. It is a fun supportive environment for attendees to learn about their parent’s illness and also learn coping strategies to manage the stress that often occurs in their family.

The conference follows a similar format from year to year; a family panel which allows attendants to hear other persons stories about what it is like to care for someone with a mental health issue, and learn some ideas and tips for coping and staying healthy. This is followed by a key note speaker and an expert in an area of mental health or self-care. The afternoon consists of breakout sessions that talk about various specific diagnoses and provide specific information and treatment options; attendants have the opportunity to choose the topics that they want to learn about.

1. To provide families with information about mental illness including treatment options.
2. To liaise with community resources. ​
3. To provide a forum to foster mutual support among ​ ​workshop participants.


“Score on the Door” Restaurant Inspection Program

Stakeholders’ Roundtable Session: “Score on the Door” Restaurant Inspection Information Program

Saskatoon Health Region
Population and Public Health
310 Idylwyld Drive North – Second Floor Boardroom
Saskatoon, SK
Tuesday, January 12, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Please RSVP to Lana McDonald at lana.mcdonald@saskatoonhealthregion.ca or (306) 655-4338.

You are invited to a roundtable session to discuss our “Score on the Door” Program recently piloted in Humboldt, SK. This voluntary program displays inspection information on a poster at the entrance to restaurants. The posters show ratings obtained directly from the reports of public health inspectors – presented as “excellent”, “good” and “acceptable” to be more useful to consumers. The goal is to share information with consumers at the right place and the right time: when making dining decisions.

Consumers and restaurant owners have expressed an interest in useful ways to share the information from health inspections. Many cities in Canada, the US and elsewhere share this information through posters hung at the entrance to restaurants. The results have been positive for increased food safety and consumer confidence. Survey results from the Humboldt pilot have shown support for the program from both diners and restaurant operators.

We are considering rolling out this voluntary program in the rest of the Saskatoon Health Region and would like the input of stakeholders in food safety, including diners, restaurant operators and regulators.

For further information please contact Michael Schwandt at 306-655-4479.

Kidney Foundation needs canvassers

Did you know that DIABETES and HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE are the leading causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

The Saskatoon Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease by funding innovative research, providing education and support, and increasing public awareness of kidney health and organ donation.

The Saskatoon Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada needs canvassers for our March Drive taking place March 14-22, 2015.

Volunteer 2 hours of your time. Call us at (306) 664-8588.

MEND! Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!

We know keeping kids healthy is hard — MEND empowers children and families to become fitter, healthier and happier!

Learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices for your entire family. Check out MEND!

MEND 2-4 (2 to 4 year olds)
MEND 5-7 (5 to 7 year olds)
MEND 7-13 (7-13 year olds)

MEND is a is a FREE program for families and children ages 2 to 13. The mission of MEND is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives. MEND programs are designed for specific age groups and provide a supportive environment for families to interact, learn skills to change behavior, and make healthy lifestyle choices through healthy eating and increased physical activity.

You will learn about:
· Healthy eating and mealtime habits
· How to read food labels
· What serving sizes look like
· Building self esteem
· Active play
· Positive parenting
· Behavior change strategies
· Healthy growth

MEND offers programs for the following:
· MEND 2-4 is a perfect program if you have a picky or fussy eater! The MEND 2-4 program uses play-based learning plus behavioural and parenting skills training (Mind) to help families become physically active (Exercise) and make informed food choices (Nutrition). It’s all based within a practical, fun and supportive philosophy of inspiring and motivating change (Do it!) in a community setting. The program runs once per week over 10 weeks. Each session is 90 minutes long

· MEND 5-7 program is a healthy lifestyle program for 5-7 year olds who are at risk of, or are above a healthy weight and their families. The program empowers children and families to gain skills to make healthy lifestyle choices around healthy eating, physical activity and self-confidence. The program has 10 sessions spread over 10 weeks. Each session is 1 hour and 45 minute long. Families will learn healthy eating and mealtime routines, reading food labels, what serving and healthy portions look like and being an active family!

· MEND 7-13 is a healthy lifestyle program for 7 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. MEND 7-13 program combines physical activity, healthy eating and behaviour change to facilitate safe, effective weight management and lasting lifestyle change. MEND 7-13 is not a diet and does not encourage rapid width loss. Families learn skills and information that support long-term lifestyle changes. Families are better equipped to feel fitter, healthier and happier for the rest of their lives. It involves two – 1 or 2-hour sessions every week for eight weeks.

Details can be found on the MEND web site www.kinesiology.usask.ca

VIDO-InterVac public meeting

The Community Liaison Committee for VIDO-InterVac invites you to a public meeting Tuesday October 14 at McNally Robinson Bookstore at 7 pm.

InterVac is a bio-containment Level 3 (CL3) facility where scientists study certain diseases and develop and test vaccines. The term CL3 describes the type of safety measures and equipment needed within the facility to ensure the safety of workers and the community.

The Community Liaison Committee is a diverse group of citizens including experts in emergency measures as well as citizens at large. The CLC is an independent committee established by the University of Saskatchewan to ensure communication on safety issues related to InterVac is open and transparent. The CLC continuously seeks information on activities of community concern, as well as monitors issues related to safety and any incidents of potential public interest. This is especially timely as operations have recently begun.

Dr. Andrew Potter, director, and several senior scientists will be available to answer questions.

Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) Clinical Training

Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R)
Clinical Training – October 8-10, 2014

Hosted by Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan

The ADI-R is a semi-structured, standardized measure of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviours synonymous with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is widely considered a ‘gold standard’ measure for gathering important developmental and behavioural information for assessment and diagnosis of ASD. Developed by some of the foremost researchers and clinicians, the ADI-R provides a highly accurate evaluation of current and past behaviour in individuals from 12 months of age to adulthood, from individuals who are nonverbal to individuals who are verbally fluent. By completing the standardized interview with an informed caregiver, you can obtain information that informs diagnosis, treatment planning, and educational placement.

– Learn of the differences between clinical and research use of the ADI-R
– Learn how to administer the semi-structured interview
– Learn how to code the specific items within the measure
– Observe a video-taped administration of the measure
– Obtain supervised practice with administration that will support your future use of the measure as you work towards independent clinical use

Cost: $550* (lunch provided)
Location: 2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon
Phone: 306 652-4114
Email: reception@ldas.org
Training Dates:
Wednesday, October 8: 8:00 – 5:00
Thursday, October 9: 8:00 – 5:00
Friday, October 10: 8:00 – 2:00
Interested professionals who have specific program questions are encouraged to contact LDAS
Please note: The ADI-R is a protected measure, and only registered professionals (or students working towards registration) are able to attend this training.
*You must bring an ADI-R training manual.*
**Seating is Limited – Register Early**

ADI-R Training document