Important Notices, Partners, Research, Technology

No Patient Left Behind: Electronic Health Record Use in Saskatchewan

We want to hear from you! No Patient Left Behind: Electronic Health Record Use in Saskatchewan

 Have you ever wanted to see or even access information in your medical record? Are you interested in learning more about what an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is? Or how it works? 

Your EHR is a secure and private lifetime record that gives you access to much of your health data through electronic devices (e.g.: computer, tablet or phone). In Canada, the EHR stores and provides information on your lab results, medication profiles, key clinical reports (e.g.: hospital discharge reports), diagnostic reports from x-rays or other similar tests, and your immunization history. This information can be seen by authorized health care providers and is becoming available for more and more patients to access across the country.  

This technology offers many benefits for patient and health care professionals. For example, the EHR gives patients the ability to see test results and previous and current prescriptions. Access to this data can reduce test duplication and increase communication with doctors and nurses saving time for both parties.  There are also potential challenges with EHR use, including technical difficulties, access to electronic devices and or internet connectivity and concerns about privacy and confidentially. 

Dr. Tracie Risling from the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan is partnering with SCOA on a new research project, No Patient Left Behind: EHR Use in Saskatchewan. This study is about supporting patients across the province to uptake and use their electronic health records. We want to hear from you! How would you want to learn about EHRs? What do think some of the challenges might be when it comes to using EHRs? What type of supports could be developed to support EHR users?

In the coming weeks, Dr. Tracie Risling and her team will be announcing dates for information sessions about EHR use in Saskatchewan and this research project. We are excited to start this research, working with SCOA and looking forward to meeting with those who are interested in sharing their thoughts about this technology and how best to use it.  

For more information on this project contact RisTech Research Coordinator Courtney Carlberg at courtney.carlberg@usask.ca 

This research is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Orientated Research (SCPOR). 

This research has been approved by the U of S Behavioural Ethics Board (BEH 1259). 

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Pain Knowledge Needs of Family Caregivers and Persons with Dementia

The Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA] is pleased to collaborate with Dr. Susan Tupper on the research project “Pain Knowledge Needs of Family Caregivers and Persons with Dementia: Role of Virtual Reality as a Training Modality”. As a leading organization in the province dedicated to supporting positive aging through programs and services that enhance health, dignity, and independence for older adults, SCOA recognizes the importance of this research project for our community members.

Dr. Tupper and the Pain Dementia Virtual Reality Research Team have proposed to create an innovative training program on pain management for family caregivers and people with cognitive impairments related to dementia. Incorporating virtual reality videos into the training materials is an exciting new way to teach family members and people with dementia about pain. The training materials will be developed based on family member input, and their perspectives on the new virtual reality video will help shape the training program in ways that truly support older adults in Saskatchewan. This education will help our families to better cope with pain and prevent suffering and the many negative consequences of living with pain.

In the news: 

CBC Saskatoon May 20, 2019: Pain researcher uses VR to help caregivers deal with dementia patients’ pain. 

CBC Blue Sky May 29, 2019: Managing Acute and Chronic Pain: A panel of Saskatchewan Experts 

The research is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation Advancement Inc.

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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.

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Message from the Executive Director

Thank you for supporting the Saskatoon Council on Aging through your donations and renewing memberships recently.   By giving, you are supporting many of the free programs and services SCOA offers.  If you renew or become a new member you can receive valuable coupons from various vendors as a thank you.  They are available to pick up at our office.

Due to construction the Saskatoon Field House where our office is located will be closed from June 15, 2019 until September 15, 2019.  During this time we will be temporarily working out of the Community Health Centre located in Market Mall.  Our phone numbers [306-652-2255] and emails will be the same and it will be business as usual.

If you are 65 plus and are interested in learning more about the Police and Fire Services we have partnered together to create a fun, innovative program called the Community Police and Fire Academy.  More details are in this edition of the eNews.

Do you want to let Saskatoon know you are a talented country and western music performer? Please take note in this eNews the details about our call for auditions for the Grand “Old” Opry Zoomer Style event we will be holding at the Western Development Museum on March 27, 2020.

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Spotlight on Seniors – Celebrate 20 Years!

Spotlight on Seniors is a tradeshow for older adults (55 and up) hosted by the Saskatoon Council on Aging and TCU Place in Saskatoon.  Now in its 20th year, Spotlight is an important fixture on the autumn agenda for older adults in Saskatoon. The show usually corresponds with Seniors Week in Saskatchewan, a week proclaimed by the province to celebrate the contributions of older adults.

This year the show features a look back at 20 years of Spotlight, great entertainment with Spectacle, Young at Heart and lively dancing with Bridge City Cloggers and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company. Other features include 50/50 tickets, “Wall of Photos” and much more!

1.     Date & location: Tuesday, October 1, 2019,  9 am to 3 pm
TCU Place – 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon
Details: trade show booths, entertainment, displays, free draws, refreshments
Admission: $10 pay at the door

2.     To purchase a trade show booth contact  Joan TCU Place 306.975.1466
Corporate, Small Business and non-profit rates are available.

3.     To become a sponsor which includes a booth and advertising contact SCOA 306-652-0149 or download documents  from this page.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Thanks to our sponsors

Goal of Spotlight on Seniors:

To raise awareness of community services to enrich the lives of older adults and support positive aging.

Background: The first Spotlight on Seniors was held on November 1, 1999 to recognize the International Year of Older Persons (IYOP).  The show was held in a downtown hotel and featured trade show booths and entertainment. Spotlight has expanded since then and the venue has moved to TCU Place, our downtown auditorium in Saskatoon.

Highlights of Spotlight on Seniors:

·        70 + trade show booths

·        Entertainment and music

·        Speakers and demonstrations

·        Refreshments and lunch

·        Raffles and prize draws

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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.

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Get Connected with Volunteering!

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in the New Year,  our volunteer fair is the place to be! Come to our Volunteer Connector and “get connected” with agencies and organizations that are seeking older adult volunteers.

When: February 1, 2019  8 am to 11 am
Where: Saskatoon Field House [court area]
Parking: Free, use main lot, enter your license places in machine in the Field House lobby
Cost: FREE
Refreshments will be available

Phone 306-652-2255 for more information

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