age-friendly, aging in place, Lifelong Learning, Programming

Housing Transitions for Older Adults

Life Skills Class “Navigating the changes”

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): Supports for aging in place

Canada has many housing options available for seniors that suit a wide range of budgets, health needs and personal preferences. CMHC staff will provide an overview of housing and financing options to help you make an informed decision. In addition, the presenters will touch on helpful tips to avoid fraud and financial abuse related to housing.

Client Patient Access Services (CPAS):  Housing Transitions

CPAS provides access to, and determines eligibility for Long Term Care Homes (permanent admission and respite care), Community Day Programs, Home Care, Community Therapies, and Volunteer Services. CPAS also provides information on other housing options like, Private Care Homes and Assisted Living Homes. CPAS staff will provide an overview of the role the Health Authority plays in housing transitions for older adults.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019  1pm-3pm
Where: Saskatoon Council on Aging, 2020 College Drive [Saskatoon Field House]
Cost: $10 registration fee 

Phone 306.652.2255 to register

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Grand Old Opry “Zoomer Style” News

Meet our Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style Finalists!

Join us for the Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style! Enjoy an exciting night of fun as our finalists perform in a country and western showcase.  Cheer on and vote for your favourite performer!

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St. George’s Senior Country Band
spectacle
Spectacle
shuboy
Shuboy
royboy
Roy Hargreaves
paddlewheelers
Paddlewheelers
klynne
Joseph Klynne
johnquinn
John Quinn

March 27, 2020 – Western Development Museum 
Doors open 5 pm Cocktails
Supper 6 pm
Performances 7:30 pm
Tickets: $100  on sale Dec. 1

  1. Buy with credit card by phone 306.652.2255

  2. Buy with credit card online scoa.ca

  3. Buy at our office 2020 College Drive.  We accept cash, cheques or credit card.

     

    Partial tax receipts issued. 

 

age-friendly, Classes, Lifelong Learning, Partners, Programming

Community Police and Fire Academy

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For adults 55yrs and up

The 2020 Community Police and Fire Academy will be running between February 12 to April 15, 2020. The 2.5 hour sessions will be held every Wednesday morning between 9:30 am and noon in the Community Room of the Saskatoon Police Service (76 25th Street East) or the Community Room of Fire Station No. 3 (2613 Clarence Avenue South). Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and is free to attend.

Application forms are available online at or at the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) office (2020 College Drive). The application deadline is January 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact either:

Cst Dawn Epp dawn.epp@police.saskatoon.sk.ca  PH 306-975-8032

Dori Krahn dori.krahn@saskatoon.ca   PH 306- 975-7715

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age-friendly, Classes, Lifelong Learning, Technology

Seniors Tech Buddy News

Seniors Tech Buddy Program

Learn how to use your tech device! Older adults work one-on-one with local high school students to learn how to use their iPads, iPhones, Android, tablets, laptops or other mobile devices.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
10:30 am-11:15 am—Presentation on Financial Fraud
11:30am-12:25pm– Student Support (one on one help with technology)

Where: St Joseph’s High School, 115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon

Cost: $10 fee to cover administration costs

To register, Phone 306-652-2255 or email leslie@scoa.ca
Transportation is available for those in need!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Community Initiatives Fund, SaskTel, Affinity Credit Union, Restorative Action Program [RAP], St. Joseph’s High School 

Caregiving, Health Services, Partners, Technology

Virtual Reality – A real option for pain management

by Susan Tupper, PT, PhD, Strategy Consultant, Pain Quality Improvement, Saskatchewan Health Authority

The idea of being transported to another reality, where you can see, hear, and touch a virtual world as if it were real has been the topic of science fiction since the short story Pygmalion’s Spectacles was penned by Stanley Weinbaum in 1935. Since the mid-1960s, the technology of interactive videos has grown to include flight simulators, video games, exposure treatment for phobias, medical education, and pain management. You may be wondering how virtual reality can affect pain. What can a video do to change arthritis or a disc bulge? The answer to that question lies in knowing how pain works.

Most people think that pain and tissue damage, such as arthritis, are perfectly intertwined. More tissue damage will lead to more pain and vice versa. Fortunately, it’s not that simple. Information about danger or damage to our tissues travels along specialized nerves to the spinal cord and eventually to approximately 20 different areas of the brain that work together to create the experience of pain. We’ve learned a lot about pain over the past 40 years and now know that the signals coming from the tissues are modified at the spinal cord and brain to either increase the signal or completely block it. This is very useful to help us respond appropriately to our environment. For example, if you’re running down the road and sprain your ankle, it’s important to be able to feel pain so you can take care of your ankle until it feels better. However, if there’s a truck speeding toward you, it’s more important to NOT feel pain and get off the road. Once you’re safely out of harm’s way, the ankle pain will slowly appear. Though the tissue signals play a role, the brain determines whether or not we feel pain. The good news is that we can manipulate the brain to change pain. This is where virtual reality comes in.

Our research team is exploring how virtual reality can be used to help people with dementia manage pain. We also want to use virtual reality to train family care providers to recognize pain and better manage pain in themselves and their loved ones.

We are currently recruiting family caregivers for 30-60 minute interviews. We are particularly interested in hearing from male caregivers, those living in rural communities, or those of non-European heritage. The interview can be held on the phone or in a location that’s convenient to you. For more information on how to participate, please contact Dr. Susan Tupper (study lead investigator) at susan.tupper@saskhealthauthority.ca or 306-655-1041, or Kirstie Gibson (research assistant) at kig579@mail.usask.ca or 306-202-6330.

Our team includes researchers from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, St. Thomas More College Department of Psychology, and Luxsonic Technologies Inc.. We received funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the Center for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the Eunice Bilokreli Research Fund  through the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine to support this work. We appreciate the support that SCOA and the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan have provided as study collaborators.

age-friendly, Events, Programming

Meet the Eastview Hub Club!

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Eastview Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club Committee

Eastview Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club

When: 4th Tuesday of each month September to April
1:30 to 4 pm
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 3021 Louise Street
Eastview Hub Club is a program of the Eastview Community Association
Contact: hubclub@myeastview.ca

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age-friendly, Important Notices

Executive Directors Message for October 2019

The staff and volunteers have been quite busy over the summer months organizing programs and events for the fall.  I hope you enjoy reading this issue which is produced by our talented Fund Development/Communication Coordinator, Virginia.

Recently SCOA’s Co-Presidents and I met the Honorable Warren Kaeding, Minister Responsible for Seniors.   He advised that he will be an advocate for older adults at the Ministerial Cabinet table bringing the right people together to make necessary connections.  He is working on gathering a snap shot of what each Ministry does for programs for older adults and collate these findings for a central registry for older adults.  You may find the following link useful from the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum that was held this past May.  At the forum new and emerging issues related to older adults and ways to work collaboratively on key projects were discussed.  Reports and policies that have been approved can be found on this link as well as a variety of resources for seniors.   Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum

The Minister also discussed social isolation of older adults.  Our Volunteer/Program Coordinator, Sheila, has been working hard to have social programs established in Saskatoon for older adults!  SCOA is happy to announce that St. Martins Church and Silverwood Community Heights Association have will be part of the Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs bringing the total now to 5 clubs in Saskatoon.  Please check out the Hub Club for more details.