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COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

The safety of older adults and the community is paramount. The Saskatoon Council on Aging is playing their part to flatten the curve for our healthcare system. We have cancelled programs and activities until June. Our phone lines remain open and staff are working remotely. Any senior needing help to get groceries or need a friendly volunteer caller may contact a new volunteer group called the YXE Community Response to COVID-19. Their email is yxecovid19help@gmail.com. Their hotline is 306-361-4357. There are also many other organizations that are helping. To keep updated visit our website www.scoa.ca and click on the COVID-19 banner.

Resources for Seniors

Spotlight on Seniors

Now in its 20th year, Spotlight on Seniors is a one stop show for active aging for baby boomers, older adults and caregivers.

Over 70 exhibits provide information on healthcare, housing, recreation, travel and finances. Enjoy non-stop entertainment and activity with Bridge City Cloggers, Free Flow Dance Studio, fitness demos with Forever in motion, urban poling and much more!

When: October 1, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $10 at the door
Hosted by the Saskatoon Council on Aging and TCU Place.
For information phone 306-652-2255 or visit www.scoa.ca

Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA]
Temporary Location:
From June 17, 2019 to September 13, 2019 our office will be located at the Community Health Centre at Market Mall – phone # and email stay the same, 306.652.2255

Spotlight on Seniors Tradeshow

19th Annual Spotlight on Seniors Tradeshow – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

9 am to 3 pm, TCU Place. Admission $10 pay at the door.

“Get Your Groove On” and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, entertainment and socializing. Dozens of displays on health products, housing, hobbies and more! Lunch available for purchase, free coffee and snacks served throughout the day. Lots of free draws and prizes!
Phone 306-652-2255 or visit scoa.ca.

Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
2020 College Drive (Located in the Saskatoon Field House)
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4 Phone: 306-652-2255
www.scoa.ca | www.saskatooncaregiver.ca |
“Positive aging for all in an age-friendly community”

Older Adult Awareness Day

World Older Adult Abuse Awareness Day [WOAAD] Workshop 2018
Hosted by the Saskatoon Council on Aging

Older adults are frequently the target of frauds and scams. Financial abuse is the most common type of elder abuse.

Topics include:
Frauds and scams: Saskatoon Police Service will speak on various types of scams such as door to door, technology, credit cards, mail, phone and how to protect against these threats.
Financial Management: Conexus, Investors Group and Cheryl Kloppenburg will speak on preventing financial abuse and protecting independence. Topics include such as reverse mortgages, estate planning, power of attorney, joint accounts et cetera

Presentations followed by a wellness break and general discussion.

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:30 a.m. to noon
Location: McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor Street East
Cost: $10 registration, phone SCOA 306-652-2255
Refreshments will be provided.


Seniors Tech Buddy Fairs

Presentations on financial fraud and internet safety. One on one help with tech devices by students from local high schools. Learn how to use your laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone, iPhone or other device.

Tuesday April 10th at St. Joseph High School, 115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon
9:15am-9:45am Registration/Check-in
9:45am-11:00am Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
11:00am-12:15pm One on One help with technology by high school students


Thursday April 19th at Bishop James Mahoney High School, 231 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon
10:00am-10:30am Registration/Check-in
10:30am-12:30pm Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
12:30pm-1:30pm One on One help with technology by high school students

$10 fee to cover administration cost

Phone: 306-652-2255 Email: admin@scoa.ca
Or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging (SCOA): 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Field House)

Senior Social Isolation – Survey

The Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Red Cross (Saskatchewan), and the University of Regina’s Lifelong Learning Centre are partners in a collaborative project to reduce social isolation of seniors in south and central Saskatchewan. To assess the impact of our combined efforts, the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) at the University of Regina is conducting an evaluation for the project. Part of this effort involves gathering feedback from interested community members who are involved in issues affecting seniors.

For the purposes of this survey, interested community members are defined as those individuals who through a personal, professional, leadership, volunteer, or community-engaged capacity, find themselves supporting, observing, advocating for, or interacting with seniors in their community.

If you are an interested community member, we are asking for your assistance in this effort. The purpose of this survey is to gather understanding of broader community awareness about the social isolation of seniors. Your participation is completely voluntary and your answers will remain confidential.

This short survey contains a few background questions about you, your community, and what you think can and should be done to help reduce the social isolation of older adults. It will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential.

Click here to begin the Survey

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may decline to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time. We would like to involve as many interested community members as possible in this process, so your unique input is greatly appreciated.

You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us learn more about how to develop the best programs to address social isolation of older adults in central and southern Saskatchewan.

No risks are anticipated.

Your survey answers will be sent to a website where information will be stored in a password protected electronic format. This website does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.

Completion and return of the survey will constitute consent to participate and permission for the researchers to use the data gathered in the manner described.

The survey is being conducted by a team of faculty members with the University of Regina (Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit).

Dr. Bonnie Jeffery (project lead) bonnie.jeffery@uregina.ca
Dr. Tom McIntosh tom.mcintosh@uregina.ca
Dr. Nuelle Novik nuelle.novik@uregina.ca
Shari Caffet (Project Coordinator) sharianne.caffet@uregina.ca
Colleen Hamilton (Administrative Coordinator) colleen.hamilton@uregina.ca

Please feel free to email if you have any questions or comments.

The results of the survey will be available in a report in early 2018 on the Saskatchewan Population and Health Evaluation Research Unit website at www.spheru.ca

ELECTRONIC CONSENT: You may print a copy of this consent form for your records.

Clicking on the Community Perspective Survey link indicates that
· You have read the above information
· You voluntarily agree to participate

Seniors Globe Walk

The Seniors Globe Walk was created to provide older adults more physical activity and social opportunitiesand help motivate those 50 years and older to stay active during the winter months when it is most difficult.

From January 9, 2017 until April 27, 2017 teams MOTIVATE each other to walk the equivalent distance of over 500,000 miles in our SPACE STATION ORBITING TOUR (this year’s theme). Participants can stroll or roll, hike or bike, swim or gym; all forms of physical activity count. Each half hour of physical activity counts as one mile. The Globe Walk inspires all 50+ adults to stay active and work with their team to achieve this awesome goal! In 2016, 77 teams with 2486 members (aged 50 to 100) logged 437,069 miles. This year we want to increase both our members and our mileage.

Please consider being a Captain for Globe Walk this year or finding someone in your community who might be able to do this. It’s fun for participants, super easy to join and it’s free! There are even opportunities to walk the track at the Saskatoon Field House or the Martensville Athletic Pavilion. We also have wonderful social events throughout the winter months to keep participants motivated. No team – no problem! Just contact me and I will put your name on a SCOA team.

January 9 – Captain’s Launch (Saskatoon Field House)
February 20 – Forestry Farm Family Walk
March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Walk
April 12 – Surprise Event (Details to follow)
May 10 – Celebration Lunch at WDM

This is a great opportunity to inspire your parents, grandparents, neighbours, your community (and yourselves if you are over 50) to stay fit and healthy as they age.

For more information on how to join or captain a team please visit our website at www.scoa.ca/globewalk or contact Beth at 306-652-0027 or globewalk@scoa.ca.

Council on Aging

The Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) is a non-profit organization and a community leader in the promotion of dignity, health and independence of older adults through programs, services, education and awareness.

Due to the loss of financial support from the Saskatoon Health region, the Coming of Age newsletter will no longer be mailed out to members. SCOA continues to assess alternate distribution methods. E-mail subscribers will continue to receive copies via email.
If you wish to receive SCOA publications by email, contact SCOA 306-652-2255. The Coming of Age can be viewed/downloaded from their website: www.scoa.ca

Coming of Age Fall 2016 newsletter link.

Fall 2016 Programs:
• Beginner Watercolour Sessions
Dates: Tuesdays, October18 & 25 , November 1, 8, 2016 Time 1:00pm – 4:00pm Cost: $95.00

• Painting with Acrylic
Dates: Tuesdays, November 15, 22, 29, December 6, 2016 Time 1:00pm – 4:00pm Cost: $95.00

• Creative Digital Photography
Dates: Mondays, October 3, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14 Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM

• Men’s Cooking Classes:
Easy Meals:
Date: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Grace-Westminster Church (505 10th St E)

Saucy Meals:
Date: Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Grace-Westminster Church (505 10th St E)

• Technology Workshops
Interested in becoming more confident and comfortable with using your iPad/ iPhone, Laptop, Samsung/Tablet? Register now for classes with us!
You will learn how to download APPs and games, share photos, storage etc! Sessions are taught by dedicated volunteers who teach at your pace. Call now to register.

Beginner – One on One
iPad/ iPhone – Laptop – Samsung/Tablet
Dates and times are scheduled individually

Intermediate – Apple – IPad/IPhone Workshop

• Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club!
Join us for free educational presentations, games, refreshments, blood pressure checks by retired nurses, “Ask a Pharmacist Station” and socializing!

• Spotlight on Seniors
When: Tuesday October 4h, 2016 Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: TCU Place (35 22nd Street East) General Admission: $8.00
What: Showcase for older adults –Over 85 booths entertainment, displays, food, and refreshments.

Wednesdays in October, Mayfair Library

• Renew Your Driving Skills for Today’s Traffic.
The Saskatoon Council on Aging in partnership with Saskatoon Safety Council, is hosting two 55 Alive/Mature Driver Refresher Courses
September 13/14 or September 20/21
9am to 3pm, Bring a Bag Lunch COST is Free. Call to Register

Fall programs link

Nature Grandparenting

Grandparents and Grandchildren, take your special relationship outside for some fresh air learning!

This fall SaskOutdoors is pleased to be offering a unique intergenerational nature program in Saskatoon. The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their grandchild (3-5yrs old) in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park. Many grandparents are in a unique position to act as a nature mentor in the lives of their grandchildren. With practical ideas and age-appropriate activities shared each week, grandparents will have fun weaving a connection to nature into the special relationship they have with their grandchild. This program will be facilitated by Jana Miller, former Ecoquest teacher.

This program takes place outdoors. Participants will need to dress for the weather and should be comfortable being active outdoors for an hour. Public washrooms are available on site for use. An information package will be sent out to registered participants in early September.

Participants: Grandparent and grandchild (ages 3-5) pairs
Location: Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park
Wednesday mornings: September 21st – October 26th
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $95.00/pair for 6 six weeks ($16.00/week)
Registration deadline September 19th, 2016

SaskOutdoors website

Seniors Exercise Classes

Come Join Us at the Cosmo Senior’s Centre
614 – 11th Street, just off Broadway

Seniors Exercise Classes
Tuesday: 9:30 and 10:30
Thursday: 9:30 and 10:30
$4 drop in fee

Seniors Yoga
Monday: 8:45 am
Wednesday: 10:00 am
Friday: 9:30 am
Qualified Instructors
$4 – $5 drop in fee

For more information, call Alynne at 306-244-2096

Afternoons, come play cards!
Bridge: call Ruth at 306-242-2294
Kaiser: call Norma at 306-374-7145
Whist & Cribbage: call Ethel at 306-652-7792

Saskatoon Services for Seniors

Saskatoon Services for Seniors is a community-based, not-for-profit organization established in 1988 that supports older adults (55+), seniors and physically challenged individuals’ aging-in-place in their own homes, in their own communities, for as long as possible, and with dignity.

Our services support all older adults, seniors and physically challenged individuals’ by offering services that include:
• housekeeping
• yard work
• snow shoveling
• other specialized services

If you are interested in helping using our services, or support low-income seniors, please consider, volunteering, making a donation (we are registered charity) and becoming a member.
Contact 306-668-2764 or ed.saskatoonservices4seniors@sasktel.net

Volunteer opportunities
We are currently seeking volunteers for:
1. Office administration support
 Answering incoming phone calls to the office
 Updating membership lists by contacting members to verify information
 Filing
Hours: 2-3 per week

2. Peer-to-peer assistance for seniors
 Provide support to seniors who need errands run
 Provide home support assistance to low income seniors who are unable to afford fee-for-services provided by SSFS (e.g. laundry, assistance getting to meals, etc.)
Hours: determined by specific need.

NB: We currently have one senior male who is in need of weekly laundry and light housekeeping est. 1.5 hours.

Saskatoon Council on Aging: 25th Anniversary

We are 25 years old in 2016 – Celebrate with us!
Saskatoon Council on Aging: 25th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Western Development Museum – 2610 Lorne Avenue South, Saskatoon

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Murray Scharf, Ambassador, Cornerstone: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Fund
Entertainment by “Zoomers” – “It’s Too Late Baby,” Band, Penny Rosten Pop Vocal Quarter and Pat Thomson, Zoomer Idol, People’s Choice winner
Tickets: $20, phone 306-652-2255, email admin@scoa.ca or visit us at our office 2020 College Drive (Saskatoon Field House)

Presenting Sponsor: Sage Seniors’ Resources
25th Anniversary Sponsors: Medicine Shoppe, All Seniors Care – Preston Park 1 &2

The Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) is a leading voice of older adults in Saskatoon. With a vision of “Positive Aging for All”, SCOA works to make Saskatoon “age-friendly” – a better place in which to grow older. Our partnerships, projects, programs and services add value to the community and enrich the lives of older adults.

Gramma Drama

Gramma Drama:

Free after school drop-in drama classes for the young and young of heart.
Join Sum Theatre (Nutana’s Artists in Residence) for fun filled drama exercises.
Learn theatre tools to inspire confidence, creativity and a sense of play.
Bring your grandparent (or grandchild) or come alone and make new friends!
This intergenerational drama jam is guaranteed to be full of laugher.

For children 7-10 years
And Adults 50+ years
8 weeks Starting February 29th
Mondays 4:30-5:30
Grace Westminster Church
Registration recommended but not required.
Email: sumtheatre [at] gmail.com


Seniors’ Globe Walk

The Saskatoon Council On Aging is a community leader in the health and independence of older adults. During community consultations for the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative, older adults identified the need for more physical activity and social opportunities during the winter months. The Seniors’ Globe Walk is a response to that need.

Participants in The Seniors’ Globe Walk 2015 will have an “out of this world” experience. Not only will it provide them with an excellent opportunity to stay active but they’ll also have fun being a member of a team working towards a common goal – to walk the distance equivalent to going to the moon.

We’ll begin the walk on January 5th, 2015 and continue counting our steps until April 30th, 2015. 2,000 steps equals approximately 1 mile. For those who prefer other forms of physical activity that cannot be measured in steps or distance they can log one mile for every thirty minutes of activity. Registration is free thanks to funding from The Investors Group, Saskatoon Health Region Community Wellness, and Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation.

Community Organizations are encouraged to form teams of adults 50+. For details on how your community can be active participants please contact Linda, the project coordinator, Phone: 306-652-0027 or E-mail.

Saskatoon Council on Aging Programs

The Saskatoon Council On Aging is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to promoting the dignity, health, and independence of older adults through programs, services, advocacy, and education.

Visit their site and view their e-newsletter for more information on programs. Programs include drop-in information sessions, health and blood pressure clinics, cooking and art classes, caregiver support, and technology classes.