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A Seniors Strategy for Saskatchewan

What would you like your future to look like?

Have your say at forums/focus groups planned in various locations in Saskatchewan to get your input. Hosted by the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism.

The purpose of the forums is to engage older adults and the community to develop a provincial strategy to build a better future with older adults in Saskatchewan.

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CarFit is Returning to Saskatoon – Learn how to improve your safety behind the wheel

New Photo wtih SSOT CAOT CarFit LogoCarFit will be in Saskatoon on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Affinity Credit Union Campus, 902 7th Avenue North.

At a CarFit clinic, a team of trained CarFit technicians will work one-on-one with the driver demonstrating how to properly adjust mirrors, seat, steering wheel, head restraint plus more tips to help stay safe behind the wheel.

The CarFit program recognizes that older drivers are often the safest drivers. They are more likely to wear their seatbelts, less likely to speed, plus less likely to drive impaired. However, as drivers mature, age-related changes in vision, flexibility, strength, and range of motion can make drivers less comfortable and reduce their control behind the wheel. CarFit provides education and tools to assist mature drivers in understanding and applying the built-in safety features of their vehicle.

At the end of the 12-point checklist, occupational therapists can help with individual needs and provide information about local resources to help with driver safety.


Book your appointment today for your FREE 20-minute checkup. Receive a bonus gift for participating in the clinic. Register by contacting Lona Gervais at 306.310.6222 ext. 0909 or lona.gervais@caask.ca.


Here’s what one of the drivers from the clinic in North Battleford had to say about his experience:

“This was my first CarFit, and I was impressed to see how well organized and efficient the course really was. From a walk around circle-check, to proper mirror positioning, I learned a thing or two about the orientation of my vehicle. CarFit isn’t only meant for an older age group, there were things I learned I didn’t know until going through the steps, and finding my safest fit!”
– Kevin Dunn, 2018 Saskatchewanderer

As a long-time safety advocate for motorists of all ages, CAA Saskatchewan is proud to host CarFit clinics in partnership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists. Thank you to the Saskatoon Council on Aging for their sponsorship of the September 15 clinic. For more information, visit caask.ca/carfit.

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Experience Transit 2018

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, cycling, ride sharing, and public transit. There is huge potential in this area for older adults, new Canadians, students, and any individuals new to transit to become more active in multi-modal transportation. Saskatoon Transit is leading this kind of change. This summer there will be several opportunities for you to test drive transit and Experience Transit as a 1st or 2nd time rider.

People new to transit are faced with challenges as they consider a change in their mode of transportation. These may include: having a support system to find a new way of being independent and mobile, understanding bus routes, fears and anxiety, and adapting to a new mode of travel. Experience 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 or have never tried transit before
  • Those who have English as a second language

Details about Experience Saskatoon Transit

  • In partnership with different Saskatoon community organizations, Saskatoon Transit will be offering 2 hour Experience 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 persons per group and availability is on a first-come basis. The size of each group, duration of session and start/end times may vary.
  • Available Dates & Time:

Wed., June 20, 2018 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs. June 21, 2018          (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Wed., July 18, 2018  (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., July 19, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Wed., Aug. 15, 2018  (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., Aug. 16, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) 

Wed., Sept. 19, 2018               (10:00 pm – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

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

Cory Shrigley                                                           

Customer Support & Engagement Manager                                 Customer Service Center

Saskatoon Transit                                                                           Saskatoon Transit

Tel. 306.975.2990  cell 306.380.7100                                            Tel. 306.975.3100

Email: cory.shrigley@saskatoon.ca                                                Email: transit.services@saskatoon.ca

 

 

 

 

age-friendly, Events, Partners

SCOA Globe Walk – Celebrating 5 Years

The SCOA Globe Walk Celebration Luncheon was held at the Western Development Museum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the project and some amazing milestones:

  • 2014 47 Teams 1210 Participants 145,538 miles
  • 2015 60 Teams 1789 Participants 285,525 miles
  • 2016 75 Teams 2486 Participants 437,000 miles
  • 2017 79 Teams 2640 Participants 481,785 miles
  • 2018  83 Teams 2850 Participants 500,000 miles (est.)

 In other words, nearly 11,000 Globe Walkers have logged more than 1,849,848 miles.  How’s that for success!

We have circumnavigated the Globe, traveled to the moon and back and orbited the International Space Station. This year we set a different type of goal – “Going for Gold”. We chose to take inspiration from the Canadian athletes participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and work toward our own Globe Walk Olympic medals.  200+ miles = a Gold Medal.

We were honored to have Canadian Paralympian and Olympic Ambassador Colette Bourgonje as our keynote speaker. 

Globe Walk Luncheon

The SCOA Globe Walk would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters:
Sponsors and Funders: 
R.H. Kilburn & Associates, Private Wealth Management – Investors Group
Community Initiatives Fund
Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Supporters:
Saskatchewan Seniors Fitness Association
City of Saskatoon
Forever …in motion

For the second year, our presenting sponsor, Investors Group has generously offered to repeat last year’s very successful “Double Your Dollars“fundraiser.  How generous?  Every dollar you donate to Globe Walk will be matched by Investors Group (see below).  Many thanks to Richard Kilburn!

SCOA Globe Walk Celebration Luncheon

You may donate online via our partner Canada Helps .  Tax receipts are available if requested. You may also send a cheque to our office: SCOA 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4 or drop by to make a donation in person.

If you enjoy the Globe Walk program, please help us continue grow, improve and reach even more older adults.  Take advantage of the opportunity to double the value of your donation.  

If you have not done so already, consider joining a team or forming a new one in 2019.  We are successful for a reason:  the cost is small thanks to our sponsors 
(Globe Walk is a free SCOA program) but the benefits are huge!

Phone Beth at 306-652-0027 for more information or visit the Globe Walk website: scoaglobewalk.net

 

 

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Remembering When News

Upcoming Presentations

 

May 31st at 1:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent Lower Hall

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.

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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. 

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Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers to Older Adults

Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers
to Older Adults

In partnership with SCOA, Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock have received SHRF funding for their project, which combines technology and caregiving. 

Family caregivers are the backbone of the health care system, providing an immense amount of unpaid care, often with very little support from others. A team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, with backgrounds in nursing and psychology are working with the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) and a local technology company, Refresh Enterprises, to develop and test an app that they hope will improve and support the caregiver experience. 

College of Nursing co-principal applicants Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock, alongside co-applicants Drs. Kristen Haase (College of Nursing) and Megan O’Connell (College of Arts & Science), have received Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development funding for this project. They plan to build a community of caregivers where individuals can obtain support, gather information, and find relief through an innovative internet-based smart phone tool.

There will be eight focus group sessions, at the Saskatoon Field House, where they will interview a number of family caregivers to collect data on the type of support the caregivers would like to have available through the app. This project has great potential to impact the health of Saskatchewan residents, as most older adults would like to remain in their own homes, supported by their families and they are looking for creative, online solutions, information and support on how to do so.

For more information, contact Sheila Angelstad, Volunteer/Program Coordinator.
306-652-4411

 

 

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Working with Seniors Video

From 2011-2016, the Saskatoon Council on Aging conducted a five-year research project called the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative to assess the needs of older adults in Saskatoon. Through the research and community conversations that were conducted over the 5 years, hundreds of older adults described what it is like to grow old in Saskatoon, identified the kinds of supports that would provide a better quality of life and recommended actions needed to promote healthy aging.

In 2015 Saskatoon Council on Aging approached Chief Weighill and then Chief Paulson to explore actions recommended in Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative that would enhance the safety of our community from the perspective of older adults. Both Chiefs took action: a working group was formed with SCOA, Police and Fire representatives and a number of activities have come from this group. This video is one.

It is rewarding to work with community partners who are dedicated to serving the older adult population in Saskatoon. SCOA joins with Police and Fire Services, and Preston Park to celebrate the Working with Seniors training video—and the fabulous actors! We celebrate community partnership, community action, and the knowledge that the police and fire services now have a tool to raise staff awareness about older adult issues that will help in their work to create a safer, age-friendly Saskatoon.