age-friendly, Caregiving, Health Services

Caregivers Week 2018

CSandHealthMarch 18 to 24, 2018 is designated as Caregivers Week in Saskatchewan. This week celebrates the work of informal caregivers who provide unpaid care for loved ones, neighbors or friends. Statistics Canada (2012) reports there are over 8 million Canadians who provide care to family members or friends. Most caregivers provide care for aging parents or in-laws with women most likely to assume the caregiver role. Throughout this year’s Caregivers Week, the Saskatoon Council on Aging presents a workshop series for resources and support to assist caregivers in their vital roles.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  CADTH “Fundamentals of online Health Care Research”
CADTH [Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health ]is a not-for-profit organization who provides credible, objective evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.This introductory workshop, open to anyone, will provide participants with basic tips and tricks for locating evidence, reading evidence with a critical eye, understanding evidence, and applying evidence to the real world.
Presenter: Kathleen Kulyk, RN, BSN, MN, CADTH Liaison Officer, SK
Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Drive 1 pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE (Drop in – no registration)


Thursday, March 22, 2018- ABC’s of Dementia/First Link presented by the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan
Dementia is a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders. Physical changes in the brain cause dementia.
Learn the ABC’s of dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy.
Mayfair United Church – 902 33rd Street West
1 pm – 3:00 pm Cost: $10 registration fee. To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit


Friday, March 23, 2018 “Easing the Stress” of Caregivers”
All Day Workshop 
Emmanuel Baptist Church – 1636 Acadia Drive
10:00am – 3:00pm Cost: $20 (Lunch included)


Morning Presenter: 10:00 am
“Practical tools for easing the stress of caregivers” – Tanis Walmsley Social Worker Community Services, SHR
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Afternoon Presenters: Mindful Exercises with Dave Wake, Canadian Mental Health Association
Music Therapy with Wes Froese
Forever in…motion stretching exercises with Kimberley Willison
Facilitated discussion groups

To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit

Help for Family Caregivers:

Introducing a new EI Family Caregiver benefit – Read more ….

Health Services, Important Notices, Partners

New Partnership: Bourassa & Associates

Bourassa & Associates

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is pleased to welcome Bourassa & Associates as our organizational sponsor and partner.

Locally owned and operated since 1986, Bourassa & Associates Rehabilitation Centre is a provider of premium rehabilitation services.  University-trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and exercise therapists are ready to assist with your muscle, joint or nervous system disorders. Whether your goal is to reduce pain, improve function, retain independence, heal an injury, or improve your mobility, head to toe, they have you covered.

Most commonly, Bourassa & Associates sees people for spinal and peripheral joint conditions and injuries.  This could include rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder, foot pain, a spinal condition causing back and leg pain, to osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. A typical course of care includes manual therapy treatment, tailored exercise prescription, and education.

Areas of specialized focus include: (but are not limited to)

  • Credentialed manual and manipulative therapists;
  • Credentialed acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation (dry needling) practitioners;
  • Treatment of work and motor vehicle accident injuries;
  • Treatment of TMJ (jaw) dysfunction;
  • Balance/dizziness/vestibular dysfunction;
  • Pelvic health (male and female);
  • Sports injuries;
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, brain injury);
  • Bridging to appropriate medical specialists when required.

Please visit their website for detailed descriptions of services.

Bourassa & Associates has developed a special program for those individuals requiring a total knee or hip replacement. We also have a Senior’s Exercise Program that runs twice per week and includes a group led warm up and a supervised exercise program. For those pet lovers, we also offer physical therapy for dogs, with a practitioner who is credentialed in Canine Rehabilitation.

To book an assessment, call the clinic at (306) 665-1962 or follow the link on the website at  Although a medical referral is not required for assessment and treatment, you may wish to check with your insurance provider to determine if they require a referral for coverage.

Bourassa & Associates offers the following discounts on services for 

Saskatoon Council on Aging members.

  • $70.00 IA (regular $80.00)
  • $50.00 ongoing treatment (regular $55.00)
  • $55.00 acupuncture (regular $63.00)
  • $70.00 TA 2 (regular $74.00)
  • $ 55.00 classes for 2 sessions ($60.00)

All older adults requesting the discount will need to complete a SCOA membership form

SASKATOON DOWNTOWN 306/665-1962 414-750 Spadina Crescent E
(Medical Arts Bldg)
SASKATOON EASTSIDE 306/665-1962 #2-117 Slimmon Road
(Orthopaedic Associates)
SASKATOON MARKET MALL 306/665-1962 68-2325 Preston Ave
SASKATOON WESTSIDE 306/665-1962 #2 3315 Fairlight Drive

The Saskatoon Council on Aging extends our appreciation to Bourassa & Associates for their support and look forward to a rewarding and exciting partnership.

Health Services, Important Notices, Partners, Programming

Remembering When Program

Remembering When News:

On May 1, 2017, the Fire Chief Morgan Hackl, presented a report on the Remembering When program to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services asking them to forward it to Council for their information. Janet Barnes and Dori Krahn were in attendance to answer any questions that Council members had. The report summarized the partnership between SCOA and SFD with regards to Remembering When and explained the steps we’ve taken so far.

Council members who are part of this committee expressed their support for their program and stated that the services we provide are valued and necessary.

The Remembering When™ program is a partnership between the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) and the Saskatoon Council on Aging. Our goal is to supportUntitled aging in place by providing fire safety and falls prevention education and support.   Janet Barnes from SCOA and Dori Krahn from SFD have made a number of group presentations including the Eastview Neighbourhood Club Hub, Scott Forget, McDonald Tower, McEwen Tower, Liberty Court, the Ilarion, Chalet Gardens, Preston Park 1, Luther Riverside Terrace, and Sienna Pointe. After a group presentation there is an opportunity to request a home visit to assess your specific situation and offer supports and referrals if needed. We know we will need help and have trained a number of SFD volunteers and Saskatoon Services for Seniors staff to make home visits.   We have booked  two community presentations for May and are doing some follow up for the older adults that the firefighters are lifting after they have fallen and haven’t hurt themselves.

Dori and Janet have met with a number of potential partners  to build the capacity of the program and  if possible, integrate fire safety and fall prevention into existing programs that offer home visits.  We received an SGI/ABI grant to help purchase exercise bands and night lights to provide to the individuals that receive a home visit and have found a partner to provide smoke alarms if they are outdated.

Watch for the Safety Down the Aisle Fashion Show!   We have booked a show at McClure Place on June 13 at 2:00 p.m., Spotlight on Seniors in October and the Century Club in December. 

Please join us if you can for one of the community presentations:

May 29, 2017- Sobey’s Community Room- Stonebridge – 3100 Preston Avenue South-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – McClure United Church Sanctuary, 4025 Taylor Street E
 2:00 p.m.

If you are interested in having a Remembering When™ presentation for your group or would like more information, please contact Dori Krahn (306)975-7715.


Remembering When is a program designed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that uses nostalgia to promote eight fire safety and eight fall prevention messages through group presentations and home visits. The goal of the program is to help older adults eliminate fire and fall hazards in their environment so that they can stay in their homes if they would like. Through the program, we also teach what to do in the event of a fire and how to get up from the floor if you have fallen and are not hurt.