age-friendly, aging in place, Caregiving, Health Services

November is Fall Prevention Month

Fall Prevention Month logo

“Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians with 20-30% seniors experiencing one or more falls each year.”

[https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/aging-seniors/publications/publications-general-public/seniors-falls-canada-second-report/seniors-falls-canada-infographic.html]

The good news is that falls can be prevented – All of us play a role in preventing falls.

Fall Prevention Month website

Some tips to prevent falls – Public Health Agency of Canada
Falls Prevention – Saskatchewan Health Authority

What to do after a fall – Public Health Agency of Canada

How to safely help someone up from a fall [Look under Falls Heading] videos produced by Remembering When, a Fire and Fall Prevention Program

McMaster Healthy Aging Portal – Fall Prevention Resources

age-friendly, Classes

Calling all artists!

ART CLASSES – Phone 306.652.2255 to register
Payment must be received at registration

rose

Acrylic Rose with Dew Drops Art Class
Learn colour mixing and soft blending techniques. Use a muted background to enhance this pretty flower, enjoy learning how to blend soft petals and a dew drop or two, to really make this happy flower sing. A great gift for a loved one. 8”x10” canvas.
All materials included.

Monday, Nov 9, 2020 1pm-4pm $50
Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, main floor

Landscape

Acrylic Prairie Landscape Art Class
Prairie landscapes can be challenging to paint. Excitement can be created, using an interesting colour scheme of yellow and violet fields. A distant elevator can also infuse the work with a nostalgic feeling of hometown Saskatchewan. Join Cecilia on Memory Lane and looking back to our roots. 8”x10” canvas. All materials included

Monday, Nov 23, 2020 1pm-4pm $50
Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, main floo
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age-friendly, covid-19, Important Notices, Research

Re-opening Saskatchewan – A Call to Action for a More Age-Friendly Community

As we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) believes there must be a partnership among older adults, government and key stakeholders to address issues that impacted older people during this crisis.

SCOA wants to ensure that:
1. Voices of older adults are heard;
2. Diversity of perspectives of older adults is reflected in government public policy;
3. Older adults are engaged as co-leaders in developing policies that impact them directly.
Now is the time to seize the opportunity to improve policies, protocols and programs to address ageism, enhance the age-friendliness of communities, enable healthy, positive aging and support the well-being of older people across the province. Plan to talk to candidates in the upcoming provincial election! The pandemic is an opportunity to shift thinking, reset priorities and take action. Please use this information as you question candidates in your riding. 

Classes, Technology

Learn to use your iPad or iPhone

Have an Apple iPhone, iPad or watch? Like to learn more or get some useful tips about your devices? Take a class with us! The Saskatoon Council on Aging offers one-on-one instruction for beginners.

Learn how to use your Apple devices

Class times – Tuesdays 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Saskatoon Council on Aging, 2020 College Drive.
Cost: $20

TO REGISTER PHONE 306.652.2255

*Please bring your own device, Apple ID & Password!
(BEGINNER CLASS – little or no experience). Includes a take-home manual. 
We request that you wear a mask to access our office. If you do not have a mask, we have a limited number available. Physical distancing measures in place to ensure safety.

age-friendly, Events, Lifelong Learning, Technology

Join us online for upcoming webinars

Border collies from Blue Caleb Kennels

Mayfair Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club

We’re going to the dogs!
Join us online for the Mayfair Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club September 17 at 1 pm.
All those 55+ are invited!

Our one hour program features the talented canines of Blue Caleb kennels. Watch these savvy dogs perform tricks and demonstrate obedience with the help of trainers Dave Haddon and Betty Fast. Joan Cochrane from the Medicine Shoppe will present tips and exercise of the month. 
Please login in approximately 15 minutes before the webinar – 12:45 pm. 

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

If you need help with ZOOM the day of the webinar, contact Dr. Megan O’Connell and her team at the U. of S. – 306.966.2496 or email megan.oconnell@usask.ca

Thank you to sponsors and grantors: Community Initiatives Fund, Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation, Sask Lotteries, The Medicine Shoppe and Primrose Chateau.

Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs are an age-friendly initiative of the Saskatoon Council on Aging.


Coffee Break with SCOA

Coffee Break with SCOA Series

Learning Technology with Dr. Megan O’ConnellOctober 6, 2020 10 am
Physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. Discover opportunities of technology and how you can join in! Dr. Megan O’Connell of the University of Saskatchewan discusses how older adults can get connected and benefit from technology. 
Please login to the webinar 15 minutes prior – 9:45 am. 

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

New to ZOOM? Dr. Megan O’Connell’s team at the U. of S. will be pleased to assist you the day of the webinar. Phone 306.966.2496 or email megan.oconnell@usask.ca

For more information and support, please visit the Seniors Help website https://supportoa.ca

age-friendly, Annual General Meeting, Important Notices, membership

SCOA Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Online via ZOOM Register here:

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. In advance of the AGM, we will send all registered attendees the AGM meeting materials and step-by-step instructions for joining. Hard copies can be picked up at the Field House by September 9th. You can participate on your computer, ipad, or phone app.
Deadline to register: September 14.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Full members [memberships paid to March 31, 2021] have a vote at the meeting. Renew or purchase your membership –

If you have not used ZOOM before and would like additional help please contact our office 306.652.2255. The staff will be pleased to answer any questions and set you up with a student volunteer to assist you.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM!

age-friendly, Important Notices, Programming

SCOA Globe Walk News

The Saskatoon Council on Aging and the SCOA Globe Walk committee is happy to announce that the SCOA Globe Walk will continue this season from January 2021 to May 2021. 

  • We are in the process of choosing a theme and events will be virtual this year. 
  • Information will be sent out to team captains by October 1st regarding registering their teams and how the events will work.  
  • If you are not on a team we would be glad to put on SCOA’s team. Phone 306.652.2255 or email admin@scoa.ca
  • Information about lanyard sales for walking the track will be sent out to team captains to send to their teams once dates and costs are determined.

For more information visit the SCOA Globe Walk website

age-friendly, Caregiving, Programming

Caregiver Forum 2020

Annual Forum Programming

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the SCOA Caregiver Virtual Online Forum in November (watch for registration reminders in October)
Webinar: featuring Virtual Reality for Pain Management and Dementia Dr. Susan Tupper (PT, PhD, Saskatchewan Health Authority)

SCOA Caregiver Forum Virtual Reality for Pain Management and Dementia
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thank you to grantors and partners: Saskatoon Community Foundation, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation [SHRF], Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation

age-friendly, Classes, Programming, Technology

What’s New for Fall 2020

Saskatoon Council on Aging  Fall Class and Program Schedule

This schedule subject to change. Locations/Delivery format: online or onsite at 2020 College Dr. [Field House] or TBD.  Social distancing in effect for classes held onsite, small class sizes maintained. 

To register: Phone 306.652.2255 pay by credit card or send cheques to SCOA, 2020 College Dr. Saskatoon, S7N 0W4 
Note: Class fees must be paid in advance. Registration begins September 1, 2020.

TECHNOLOGY

2018-ipad-iphoneAPPLE TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
Beginner one-on-one – Apple ONLY
Become more confident using your Apple iPad,iPhone, Computer or Watches.
Register now for 1 classes of 1.5 hrs which includes a take home manual. Must bring your device. Cost: $20

Tuesday afternoons. 1pm to 2:30pm To register: phone 306.652.2255

IOS 13/14 Apple operating system and iPhone/iPad photography/CloudAdvanced Tech classes. Mystified with the Apple system update (IOS 13/14) Having troubles with photos stored on the “Cloud”? Small group class sessions with social distancing – register early.
Class format to be announced. e.g. online, onsite etc. Sign up list : phone 306.652.2255

  1. IOS System Update 13/14 
    Tuesday, Nov 3 1:30pm – 3:00pm Cost: Free  – Online via ZOOM
  2.  iCloud/Photography
    Tuesday, Nov 17 1:30pm – 3:00pm Cost: Free – Online via ZOOM 

SENIORS TECH BUDDY – ALL DEVICES
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. DATE TBA
COST: $10
Transportation is available for those in need!
Pending COVID-19 restrictions – sign up list phone 306.652.2255

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For more information and support, please visit the  Seniors Help website


ART CLASSES

roseAcrylic Rose with Dew Drops Art Class
Learn colour mixing and soft blending techniques. Use a muted background to enhance this pretty flower, enjoy learning how to blend soft petals and a dew drop or two, to really make this happy flower sing. A great gift for a loved one. 8”x10” canvas.
All materials included.

Monday, Nov 9, 2020 1pm-4pm $50
(Socially distanced at SFH)

LandscapeAcrylic Prairie Landscape Art Class
Prairie landscapes can be challenging to paint. Excitement can be created, using an interesting colour scheme of yellow and violet fields. A distant elevator can also infuse the work with a nostalgic feeling of hometown Saskatchewan. Join Cecilia on Memory Lane and looking back to our roots. 8”x10” canvas. All materials included

Monday, Nov 23, 2020 1pm-4pm $50
(Socially distanced at SFH)


LIFESKILLS

Older Adults Lifeskills Class
Webinar discussing “End of life planning” and “Power of Attorney.”
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
Thursday, Nov 12 2020 1pm Cost: FREE
TO REGISTER


Virtual Learning for Older Adults programs are supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Saskatoon Community Foundation.