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Goodbye Freedom 55.  Hello Freedom 70+

by Murray Scharf

As a result of the increasing longevity and healthy-life period of older adults, the work opportunities and financial needs of older adults have changed significantly.  For the cohort of people born in the 1920s, the life expectancy was less than 65 years and for those reaching retirement, the life expectancy was three years for males and eight years for females. Thus, “freedom 55” had some valence.

However, for the current cohort of retirees, those born in the 1950s, the average person was expected to reach 65 and, on average, enjoy 13 years of retirement for males and 17 years for females.  The current cohort entering the workforce are expected to live well into their 80s with nearly one quarter living to the age of 100.  A ‘Third Age’ has been inserted into our lives.  Thus, “Goodbye Freedom 55; Hello Freedom 70+.”

In recognition of this ‘Third Age’, the Saskatoon Council on Aging, in partnership with Radius, Saskatoon YWCA, the Saskatoon Chapter of the Saskatchewan Retired Teachers, and the North Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, has undertaken The New Horizons: Seniors Encore Career Project.  The purpose of the Project is to facilitate the engagement of older adults in the workforce and in entrepreneurial pursuits.  The general aim is “to consider ways of redesigning life so that long lives become a gift that is energizing, creative and fun.”

The Encore Careers Project encompassed two stages: an exploratory stage to assess the needs of older adults, and a second stage to explore career transition options.  In the exploratory stage, focus groups and individual interviews were held with selected samples of older adults. The focus was on the older adults employed, seeking employment or wishing to enter into entrepreneurial endeavours.  In the second stage, the focus was on service agencies and employers.  The Project is ongoing with a focus on workshops and the employer dimensions.

It was soon realized that one of the major needs was for the development of a pathways and agencies document that could serve as a road map for individuals and agencies seeking support and services.  As a result, the Directory of Service Agencies was developed.  This document will be made available through the SCOA website: http://www.scoa.ca/publications.html.

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Memberships are renewed annually – April 1.
Individuals 90 years of age and up are exempt from membership fees and receive all full benefits.

Membership fees may be paid:
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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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Two great cookbooks!

Back by popular demand just in time for the holidays! Two great cookbooks to choose from: Living Simply or A Taste of Time. You may decide to get both!  The books are $20 each and proceeds go towards SCOA`s programs and services.

Living Simply is a great gift for anyone who is venturing out on their own for the first time, has recently assumed new family responsibilities or is new to Canada. Prepared by the Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists (Saskatoon), this book is more than just great recipes. It also offers practical tips and basic home skills on anything from how to safely thaw meats to reading labels. 

A Taste of Time features treasured family recipes and the stories that make them memorable. Enjoy over 222 recipes, unique anecdotes and quirky tips. Each section of the cookbook is marked with beautiful, original drawings by local artist Helen Johnson.

Don’t hesitate – reserve your copies of these treasures today! Call 306-652-2255.