General, membership, Publications, Services

Holiday Gift Ideas

Still looking for last minute holiday gifts? The Saskatoon Council on Aging has a few suggestions that would make wonderful gifts or stocking stuffers for older adults:

A TASTE OF TIME – Not your ordinary kind of Recipe Book

JPEG FRONT coverA Taste of Time is more than a cookbook; it is a keepsake and a tribute to special moments with friends and family.   The first  section  “Heritage Recipes preserve the Family Memories”  has stories about recipes brought over from “the old country” or new recipes discovered in the new land.  On the home remedy side there is the traditional mustard plaster for colds  and also interesting tidbits like 60 uses for salt and 15 uses for Vodka.

The  “Home for the Holidays” section includes stories around interesting traditions families put into their celebrations, including cultural traditions  like Ukrainian Christmas Eve or  special birthday cake recipes.  The last section “Pass Along the Recipes” has sections like Prairie Comfort Food “Casserole & Potluck Dishes”.

Taste of Time is a tribute to all the culturally diverse and memorable recipes and stories from our past. This cookbook can be purchased ($20) from Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255. All proceeds from the cookbook go towards supporting programs and services for older adults!

SCOA Globe Walk Lanyards

Globe Walk Lanyard would be a perfect gift idea for those on your list who are 50+ years!

For the low cost of  $20, the lanyard will give a Globe Walk team member access to the indoor track at the Field House twice a week from January through April.

If they are not a team member, it is easy (and free) to become part of the SCOA team.

To pick up a lanyard, visit the SCOA office in the Saskatoon Field House or for more information, call our office at 306 652-2255.

Give the gift of SCOA Membership

Looking for the perfect gift for  friend, family member or that person who is hard to shop for 55 + ? Consider giving a gift of membership with the Saskatoon Council on Aging.

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age-friendly, General, Services

Driving alternatives

Retiring from driving can have challenges however there are many options to maintain an active life.

Saskatoon Transit Services/Access Transit
Office: 226 23rd Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J4
Phone: 306-975-3555
Website: https://transit.saskatoon.ca 

Access Transit
Website: https://transit.saskatoon.ca/rider-guide/accessibility/access-transit 
Call 306-975-3555 and press:

  1. For Trip Booking
  2. For Cancellations (24 hours)
  3. For Registration
  4. For Customer Care Line

accesstransit@saskatoon.ca

Volunteer Driver Services
If you receive or are eligible to Home Care services through the Saskatoon Health Region, you may be eligible for the Volunteer Driver services. Call Client/Patient Access Services (CPAS) to inquire.
Office – 210-310 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z2
Phone – 306-655-4346

Taxicabs
Comfort Cabs  306-664-6464
United Cabs Ltd. 306-652-2222
Saskatoon Radio Cabs  306-242-1221

Other Transportation Options
Make a list of friends and family members who can drive you to appointments and activities.
Local churches may have volunteers to drive you to church services.
“Buddy Up” with neighbours who enjoy the same activities as you.
Pay for service options such as Driving Miss Daisy 306-653-2479

(Adapted from Driving Alternatives, from the  Saskatoon Health Region Occupational Therapy Department.)

age-friendly, General, Important Notices

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Saskatoon Transit is exploring new ways in which to promote sustainable alternatives to car use and to support friendly forms of transportation such as walking, ride sharing, and public transit. There is huge potential in this area for older adults to become more active in multi-modal transportation and Saskatoon Transit desires to be a catalyst for this kind of change. This summer there will be several opportunities for you to test drive transit and Experience Saskatoon Transit as a 1st or 2nd time transit rider.

Older adults have numerous challenges as they consider a change in their mode of transportation. These include: having a support system to find a new way of being independent and mobile, coping with higher volumes of traffic, and adapting to a new way of life without  driving. Experience Saskatoon Transit is a first step – positive experience that will help you overcome these initial challenges of travelling on transit.

Who can benefit from this travel training experience 

    • Older adults and their families
    • Those already using transit but lacking confidence or having some anxiety about transit
    • Those with a physical and/or cognitive disability
    • Those with a mobility aide (ie: walker, wheelchair)
    • Those who would like to learn about public transit but who are still capable of driving
    • Those who are new to Saskatoon and/or have never tried transit before

Details about Experience Saskatoon Transit

  • In partnership with SCOA and the Bus Buddy program, Saskatoon Transit will be offering 2 hour Experience Saskatoon Transit sessions this summer
  • In this 2 hour travel training session you will be introduced to Saskatoon Transit staff, learn about bus fares, how to board and disembark a bus, travel on a transit route, and participate in a lively “Transit 101” discussion. Each session is limited to 6 per group and availability is on a first-come basis. The times and duration of each session may vary.
  • Available Dates & Times are: Wednesday, August 16 (10:00 am – 12:00)

Thursday, August 24 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, September 13 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Thursday, September 21 (10:00 am – 12:00)

To register a spot for yourself or a group (4-6) for one of these dates, or for more information about Experience Saskatoon Transit, please contact one of the following:

Cory Shrigley
Customer Support & Engagement Manager
Saskatoon Transit
Tel. 306.975.2990  cell 306.380.7100
Email: cory.shrigley@saskatoon.ca

Bonnie Grove
Age-Friendly Community Development Coordinator
Saskatoon Council on Aging
Tel. 306-652-2522
Email: bonnie@scoa.ca


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About the Program 
The Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Bus Buddy Program is a safe and personal introduction to the Saskatoon transit system through the assistance of trained and qualified Bus Buddy volunteers.

How it Works
Senior volunteers are screened and matched with seniors who want to learn how to ride city buses.  The Bus Buddy Volunteers accompany the participant on several bus trips until she/he is comfortable taking the bus alone. Orientation and training will be provided at the Saskatoon Council on Aging.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to volunteer or learn how to use the bus call the Council on Aging at 306-652-2255 for more information
General, Important Notices

Parking at Saskatoon Field House

Effective July 12, 2017

Parking when using the Field House:

Patrons using the Field House can park in the north lot or Lot #15.  There is no fee for Saskatoon Field House patrons, however the following must be adhered to:

North Lot:

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration (or Permit) Required:
    • Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lot #15 (U. of S Lot: along Preston Avenue):

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration or Permit Required At All Times

License plates must be registered in the parking terminal located in the Field House.

The City of Saskatoon is committed to providing access to the Leisure Centres and appreciates everyone’s patience during the construction of the Merlis Belsher Place.

Elder Abuse, General, Important Notices

Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults

World Elder Abuse Awareness day (WEAAD)

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Saskatoon Council on Aging  marks WEAAD 2017 by raising awareness. This year’s theme is Starting the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults’. Join us in building the movement for social change across the province, to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize communities in Saskatchewan to take action.

Did you know the percentage of seniors in the population (16.9 per cent) now exceeds the share of children (16.6 per cent) in Canada? Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more seniors in Canada than ever before, a trend that is going to continue well into the future. At the same time as that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of seniors are experiencing abusive situations. And that’s only part of the picture: experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect that is reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

WEAAD serves as a Call-to-Action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006 in a global effort to unite communities in raising awareness about elder abuse and the impact this has on the quality of life of our most vulnerable citizens.

“We all have a vital role to play in creating a peaceful, supportive and just society” stated June Gawdun, Executive Director of SCOA. We invite and encourage you to join us on June 15  in our efforts to Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults.

How you can help Start the conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults: Join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

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.
    benefits
  • 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 – MembershipFormand 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.

Events, fundraising, General

10 Reasons to audition for Zoomer Idol

Why you should audition….

1. The unique chance to perform for a live audience
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2. Have fun
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3. Meet new people
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4. Do something special to celebrate Canada 150
5. The joy of sharing music with an audience
6.  You’re tired of singing in the shower.
7. You promised yourself you’d step out of your comfort zone and pursue your artistic passions.
8. The chance to work with others
9. Grow as an artist and performer
10. Sense of accomplishment and achievement

Auditions to be held June 26, 27 and 30th, Knox United Church, Saskatoon. Eight talented acts will be selected to perform at Zoomer Idol on October 19, 2017.
Phone 306-652-2255 for auditions! 

About Zoomer Idol