age-friendly, aging in place, covid-19, Finance for Seniors, Programming

Financial Concerns for Seniors

Addressing Financial Concerns for Seniors

The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (www.cfee.org) together with the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) will host a virtual workshop designed to help seniors develop a better understanding of financial issues relevant and important to them.

Our goal for the workshop is to help participants:

• learn how to set and reach financial goals
• adapt, plan for and manage retirement from a financial perspective
• recognize various expenses and plan a practical budget
• how to continue saving in retirement
• plan and start a second career
• cope with the loss of a partner or spouse
• make estate arrangements

The workshop will also address the financial challenges of living in a COVID-19 pandemic.

This workshop will be presented by Kevin Maynard, Vice-President of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, and hosted on the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

No cost.

Nov 12, 2020 01:00 PM  TO REGISTER

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

McMaster Healthy Aging Portal – Fall Prevention Resources

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

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. 

age-friendly, Events, Lifelong Learning, Technology

WEBINARS & CLASSES

REGISTER FOR CLASSES, PROGRAMS & WEBINARS
Full listing Classes | Event Calendar

JANUARY 2021

SCOA Globe Walk LaunchJanuary 5 1:30 pm
Watch on YouTube

SCOA Coffee Break Series: Conversations with Physicians
January 25 1 pm Free to attend, all 55+ invited. Online via ZOOM

Join us online for a conversation with Sask Geriatric EM Physician Dr. Brittany Ellis and geriatrician Dr. Krista Lagimodiere.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SCOA Coffee Break series made possible by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada

Saskatoon Transit & Bus Buddy Joint Presentation
January 27 2 pm  Free to attend, Online via ZOOM

Want to learn more about taking the bus? Topics covered:fares, trip planning, transit app and trips and tricks along the way. Sign up in advance to receive a digital workbook so you can follow along during the presentation. If you want to be paired with a SCOA Bus Buddy for your first bus trips we can accommodate that too. Email Betty betty@scoa.ca or call 306.652.2255  for more information.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


FEBRUARY 2021

Watercolour Introduction Art Class
Feb 1 1 pm to 3 pm Cost $60 Online via ZOOM

Ccurrently an instructor at the U. of S. College of Arts and Sciences Community Arts program, and at Hues Art Supply, Alison Montgomery has been painting in watercolour for over 30 years. Become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating a painting of a simple subject. Supplies not included, contact SCOA to register and for a supply list at 306-652-2255. You may also audit the class if you do not wish to purchase supplies.

All About iCloud: Technology Workshops
Feb 2 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

What is it? What does it cost? Storage space? Different types: iCloud, Google photos, Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Appetizers
Feb 10 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Feb 10 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little Bite!
D’reen will step you through a series of delicious appetizers that will impress your friends and loved ones. To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255,

iPhone Photography Introduction: Technology Workshops
Feb 16 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app: still pictures, video and how do I see pictures and thumbnails. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

SCOA Globe Walk – February Event
Feb 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

Join us for a presentation about Wanuskewin Heritage Park with archaeologist and forensic anthropologist Dr. Ernie Walker. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Live Zoo Animal Session: Mayfair Hub Club
Feb 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Zoo Animal session with a Saskatoon Zoo Society Educator. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Thrifty Chicken
Feb 24 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Get a Bang for your Buck!
D’reen will step you through three incredibly scrumptious meals, all made from one chicken! To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255.


SCOA Coffee Break Series: Mental Health and Older Adults
Feb 25 1pm Online via ZOOM.

The COVID-19 situation can be very stressful. It is important to take care of our mental health as well as physical health. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Megan O’Connell on mental health and older adults; how you can stay healthy during these challenging times.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


MARCH 2021

Advanced iPhone Photography Technology Workshop
March 2 1:30 pm to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app editing: adjust, filters, crop, markup. Photo app: library arrangement, featured photos, albums. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

Finance and End of Life Planning – Lifeskills Series
March 9 1 pm to 2 pm, No cost. Online via ZOOM

Kevin Maynard, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) will guide us to plan for the future as we face life events. “End of life planning” will be emphasized along with adjusting plans as we are faced with life events, dealing with illness and end of life, remaining in control, Power of Attorney, making estate arrangements including your will and arranging funerals. To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.

SCOA Globe Walk March Event – March 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

More information to come

Easter Bread Making – Mayfair Hub Club – March 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

From Baba With Love: Easter Paska Bread Making with UWAC, Hanka Romanchych Branch Ladies. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


April 2021

Container Gardening – Mayfair Hub Club- April 15 1 pm
Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Container Gardening World with Jacqueline Bantle, Horticulturist, (U of S).
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


NEW TO ZOOM? Dr. Megan O’Connell and her team from the U. of S. will be pleased to assist. Phone 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

Watch for new technology sessions in 2021!   

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.
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 – CANCELLED 

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


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

age-friendly, covid-19, Health Services, Important Notices, Services

SCOA Covid-19 Response

SCOA Re-opening Update 

The safety of older adults and the community are top priorities to the Saskatoon Council on Aging.
Current Saskatoon Council on Aging Response:
As safety is paramount, we voluntarily remain with our office closed to public access.  Our staff continue to work from home to ensure that older adults have access to resources and information. We can be reached by phone 306-652-2255 or by email admin@scoa.ca for referrals. We maintain a dedicated COVID-19 resource page for older adults on our website www.scoa.ca.

We have a plan in place to reopen when it is safe to do so in compliance with guidelines set out by the Government of Saskatchewan. We plan to prepare our facilities in a way that will allow us to maintain the safety of all involved. We also adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures by creating new opportunities for older adults to stay connected. These include our Telephone Visit Program and a program that shows older adults how to use ZOOM technology to join social groups online. 

Once the City of Saskatoon allows SCOA to use their leased space in the Saskatoon Field House [DATE TBA] our organization will continue to operate with the majority of staff working off site and office closed to the public. The office will use a contact-less business model.  

Facilities precautions include but are not limited to:

  • A maximum of two staff members will work out of the office with their work space being more than 2 meters apart.  
  • Shared facilities, office equipment, and common touch surfaces such as telephones, computers, reception desk will receive increased cleaning and disinfection
  • All staff must wash hands upon entry and exit of building
  • Aside from the regular mail services, clients and staff picking up or dropping off items need to schedule times. Pick ups and drop-offs can be done just outside the front entrance of the Field House.  

Classes, Programs and Events 

  • We plan to host fall programs and classes online via ZOOM. Check our website scoa.ca for updates and class schedules 
  • Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style is scheduled for October 21 at the Western Development Museum http://www.scoa.ca/opry.html 
  • Spotlight on Seniors is cancelled for 2020 but will resume in 2021. http://www.scoa.ca/sos.html 

While there is a significant amount of COVID-19 information available, SCOA recommends utilizing only trusted resources to avoid confusion.

We suggest you act upon the recommendations found on the following web pages or other trusted resources.

Potential: SCOA acknowledges the potential challenges brought about by situations such as these. We will continue to do our utmost to remain responsive, flexible, and cooperative in the effort to deliver services and resources to older adults and the community. We will continue to evaluate this model and adjust as necessary as the situation evolves. 

Phone 306-652-2255
Email admin@scoa.ca
Facebook @scoa25
Twitter @scoa3