age-friendly, aging in place, Annual General Meeting, Important Notices, Programming, Services, Uncategorized, Volunteering

June 2019: Message from the Executive Director

I recently celebrated 25 years of working for SCOA with the Board of Directors. When looking back at the past 25 years I have seen the agency grow in many ways. I am truly blessed to have the pleasure of working with very talented volunteers and staff that are key to many successes we see today. SCOA has been working to create an age-friendly community that supports older adults to stay active, engaged and informed. We all win in an age-friendly community

Highlights:

  • Our organization has grown from 300 members in the beginning years to almost 4000 members!
  • This past year SCOA has assisted 35,042 individuals through phoning our Resource and Information Centre, emailing us, stopping by, visiting our websites, attending our presentations, events, workshops, courses and participating in our programs.
  • We will be holding our annual general meeting June 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Crossmount. Come join us and find out how we are building a better future with older adults and changing the conversation about aging.
Annual General Meeting, Important Notices, Partners, Research

May 2019: Message from the Executive Director

We have been busy getting ready for our Annual General Meeting to be held June 5 as you will read later in this newsletter.  Come join us and see what we have been up to the past year.  We are also gearing up for our annual fundraiser at the Western Development Museum called Grand “Old” Opry – Zoomer Style to be held March 27, 2020.  We currently are looking for bands and singers to audition for this event.  Please note if you are interested to audition to contact our office by June 3rd.

In the next few editions of this newsletter, you will find some notices from the University of Saskatchewan looking for focus group participants.  We are happy to be a partner with the U of S for these research projects. The projects range from accessing your electronic health records to how to recognize pain when caring for someone with dementia to how to manage medications if you have had a serious illness and have cancer.  You will hear more about these projects in future once the researchers are ready to start recruiting for participants.

Annual General Meeting, Events, Important Notices, membership, scoamembership

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting for Saskatoon Council on Aging

Where: The Crossmount Village – From the Western Development Museum drive 5 kilometres (3 miles) south on Lorne Avenue.

Date: Wednesday June 5, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. Business Meeting
2:15 p.m. Refreshments
2:30 p.m. Presentation by Bourassa and Associates Rehabilitation Centre – Your Lower Back Through The Ages
3:30 p.m. Adjourned

Support SCOA by renewing your membership at this meeting. Buy or renew a membership and receive a coupon pack valued at $117.00 and be entered to win  a prize. 

Annual General Meeting, Classes, Events, Important Notices, Lifelong Learning, membership, Partners, scoamembership

SCOA Membership Drive!

Get your membership coupon pack! 

Coupons available while quantities last.  [ Value of  $117.00 +]   starting January 31, 2019.

      membership sponsors

Buy a full or couples membership by March 31, 2019 and be entered to win 1 of 2 Tim Hortons gift cards!
Full membership fees: $25 Couples: $35 – Visit our membership page 

Members receive the following benefits:
– Discounts at our participating partners Bourassa & Associates, YWCA and YWCA
Bourassa & Associates
– A vote at our annual general meeting [Full members only]
– Coming of Age publication and monthly eNews
– Opportunities to learn new things and meet new people
– You help us provide programs and services for older adults!

SCOA is a vibrant, growing community of older adults. SCOA works to make life better for older adults in Saskatoon and area. All our initiatives promote positive aging:  quality of life, good health and the ability to fully participate in life’s activities.
By taking part in our services and programs older adults can:

  • Increase skills and independence with technology workshops and lifelong learning

  • Access information in our Resource Centre

  • Stay fit and healthy in our SCOA Globe Walk

  • Enjoy social outings with Century Club and Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs

  • Learn about community services and make new friends at Spotlight on Seniors

Your membership fees assist SCOA to continue to provide programs and services for a rapidly expanding population of older adults.

Annual General Meeting, Caregiving, Events, Health Services

Executive Director’s Report – May 2018

Did you know – SCOA’s Positive Aging Resource Centre and Caregiver Information and Support Centre are unique to Saskatchewan?

One in five Canadians are caregivers and they are an essential link in the health care chain, though often forgotten. Many caregivers are sandwiched between employment and caregiving duties which creates extreme stress. If stress continues, caregiver burnout often results. Inability to find information and support is the cause of much caregiver frustration.

Our Centre provides information and support for older adults and caregivers in Saskatoon and for other provinces. This past year SCOA had over 22,902 visitors and requests for services at our Positive Aging Resource Centre in Saskatoon!

Caregivers enjoyed recent workshops provided by SCOA.  Some comments:
“it’s great to realize that I don’t have to be perfect; all so good, such a variety, thank you; I learned about taking time for me; it’s great to share tips from other caregivers; this information is exactly what we need to be a caregiver with less guilt; really important to be able to discuss in small groups – sharing time; liked the practical tools of self care and the phrase “things have changed and I have changed.”

We are grateful for the support of the Royal University Hospital Foundation Community Mental Health Endowment Grant program and for the opportunity to provide workshops to the many caregivers throughout the city. The most significant success of providing caregiver workshops is that they reduce isolation and facilitate the opportunity for learning, and social networking. This means less isolation, better connections to resources and tools, and the opportunity to share their experiences with other caregivers.

Annual General Meeting, General, Important Notices

SCOA Membership

SCOA Membership Fee System 

  • Individual Full Member: $25
  • Individual Associate Member: No fee
  • NEW – Family/Couple Full Membership: $35 [receive full benefits]
  • Non-profit Organization Member: $25
  • Corporate Member: $250
    Individual  and Couples Full Members,  and Individual Associate Members receive discounts from Bourassa & Associates Rehabilitation, YMCA and YWCA.
  • With the exception of the Individual Associate Members, all other members shall have the right to vote at any general meetings and the Annual General Meeting of SCOA and are eligible to be a member of the Board of Directors.
  • An exemption from paying an Individual Full Member fee is granted to anyone 90 years of age or older.
  • The membership period runs from  April 1 to March 31.
  • Renewals are to be effective  April 1 of each year.
  • No membership cards are to be issued but membership is recorded by SCOA.
  • No charitable donation receipts are to be given for a membership fee.
  • Volunteer time will not be counted as a way to obtain Individual Full Membership without paying the required fee.

Payment Methods: Full Member [includes Couples], Corporate Member or Organization Member only

  1. Mail membership form [Download membership form SCOA websiteand fee (if applicable) to:
    Saskatoon Council on Aging (Saskatoon Field House)
    2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4

2. Pay with credit card– visit the SCOA office or phone (306) 652-2255.

Background: A motion regarding membership and fees was approved by members at the Annual General Meeting. on May 25th. Changes to our membership system are effective from that date. The fee structure for membership emerged from recommendations to assist SCOA  resolve its financial concerns, particularly to help the organization overcome the Saskatoon Health Region’s withdrawal of $75,000 of grants to support core operations.