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Volunteer Connector: Community Links

The Saskatoon Council on Aging held the third annual Volunteer Connector event on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at the Saskatoon Field House.  The cold stormy weather was no barrier for the older adults and communities agencies who participated at the event.

The Volunteer Connector links older adults and community agencies in mutually beneficial partnerships. Older adults find volunteer opportunities to stay active and contribute to worthwhile community causes. Community agencies benefit from the knowledge and experience of older adult volunteers. Older adults are dedicated and skilled volunteers that contribute hours of valuable work to charities and non-profits each year.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners; Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatoon Public Library and Revera. 


The Volunteer Connector was followed by a professional development session that focused on a presentation on ageism by Mercedes Montgomery and Elliot Paus Jenssen.

Key messages from the presentation:

  • Become aware of ageism as a socially constructed, learned prejudice – that can be changed!
  • Understand the harm ageism causes.
  • Recognize ageist attitudes, language (in self and others, in the media and in institutions).
  • Dare to challenge ageism, change the culture.

 

 

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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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Winter 2019 Classes & Programs

Note: All class/program fees must be paid in advance.
1. Phone 306-652-2255 to pay with credit card, OR
2. mail a cheque to our office:
SCOA, Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4 OR
3. Visit our office at the Field House to register in person.


Introduction to Genealogy

Family treeThis is a basic genealogy class and will not be able to concentrate on anyone’s personal genealogy.  This class will cover: where to start, where to find information, what to do and what not to do, different organizational methods, and

how to record information.

Wednesdays (9hrs): Feb 13, 20, 27 – 1pm – 4pm $90


Wool Felt Art 2019Wool Fibre Paint Art Class

Dianne Murphy is a well know local wool fibre artist. You will use natural fibres and the wet felting techniques to create your own “masterpiece”. Participants can bring a picture to work from or just have fun with colouring felts. All materials included.

Monday, February 4, 2019 1pm- 4pm  $50


Wool Owl felt art 2019Needle Wool Fibre Art Class

Dianne Murphy is a well know local wool fibre artist. Using a needle and wool fibres, you will create an owl (or create your own sculpted  masterpiece).  No experience necessary, just come and have fun. All materials included.

Monday, March 4, 2019 1pm-4pm  $50

 


BirdIntroduction to Spring Birding

Birding can be an enjoyable and stimulating lifelong activity. How can you get started? How can you develop more advanced skills?  You may just want to identify birds in your backyard and at the local park or perhaps you want to challenge yourself and venture further afield.  This class will show you how. Whether you are just starting out or seeking to become more adept at bird identification, please join us.

No experience or equipment is required, but if you have a bird field guide please bring it with you.

Tuesdays (8hrs): April 23, 30, May 7 (outdoors), 14 (indoor) 2pm – 4pm  $40


Technology

iphone-71Apple Technology Classes

Beginner one-on-one Apple classes on Friday afternoons.  Become more confident using your Apple iPad or iPhone. Register now for 2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hrs) which includes a take home manual.

Date: Friday afternoons  Cost:    $40


IOS 12 Apple operating system and iPhone/iPad photography Class

Mystified with the Apple system update (IOS 12)? Having troubles with photos stored on the “Cloud”? Small group class sessions with 5 people per class – register early.

Date:    January 22nd    New IOS 12 Apple update (1.5 hrs) 1:30 – 3:00

February 12th  Photography/cloud storage (1.5 hrs) 1:30 – 3:00

Cost: $15 per class

downloadTech Buddy

One-on-one beginner technology classes with students from local high schools.
Program to run in February 2019; a waiting list will be kept.
Cost: $10 (Fee to cover administration costs)
Phone 306-652-2255 to register

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Seniors Technology Program

New sessions starting on March 13th 2019!
10:00 am-12:20 pm at St. Joseph’s High School (115 Nelsodownloadn Rd)
$10 fee to cover administration costs, (payment for the session must be made in advance)

Learn how to use your laptop,smartphone or other device! Includes presentations on financial fraud as well as one on one beginner technology classes with students from local high schools.

Phone: 306-652-2255 Email: admin@scoa.ca
Or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging (SCOA):
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Field House)

FREE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
Thanks to our sponsors and partners: Community Initiatives Fund, Affinity Credit Union, RAP Program

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Remembering When News

RWlogoThink of all the young toddlers you know. Why is it that they seem to pop right up every time they fall? The next question is why does it seem to get more and more difficult as we get older?

The good news is that techniques have been developed that help us, as older adults, get up off the floor if we have fallen and haven’t hurt ourselves. Knowing how to position our arms and legs before we even try to roll over and get into a sitting or crawling position can make a big difference.

The Remembering When program has prepared two videos; the first one shows some techniques that might make it easier to get up from a fall; the second one demonstrates how to talk someone through the process and assist them up if they have fallen.

·       Getting up from a fall: 

·       Helping someone up from a fall: 

The techniques shown in the video are important to understand and practice long before you need them. Take the time to go through them thoroughly and practice them regularly so when you need them, you remember what to do and have maintained the abilities/strength you need to be successful.

Steps to follow (Public Health Agency of Canada)

1)    Lie on your side; bend the leg that is on top and lift yourself onto your elbows or hands.

2)    Pull yourself toward an armchair or other sturdy object, then kneel while placing both hands on the chair or object.

3)    Place your stronger leg in front, holding on to the chair or object.

4)    Stand up.

5)    Very carefully, turn and sit down.

If you would like more information about the videos or would like to book a Remembering When presentation focussing on fire safety and fall prevention, please contact Dori Krahn at 206-975-7715 or dori.krahn@saskatoon.ca

The Remembering When program is a partnership between SCOA and the Saskatoon Fire Department.

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Get Your Groove on at Spotlight 2018!

Spotlight on Seniors is the largest showcase for older adults in Saskatchewan.  Held annually, the show is a day of fun for older adults and also promotes health and wellness.
Proudly presented by:
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This year’s show theme is “Get Your Groove On” and focuses on fun physical activities and games.
Featuring:
Hula Hoopsters – Creative movement and demonstrations
and more!
Musical entertainment includes Gopher Broke and Spectacle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
TCU Place  Grand Salon – 35 22nd St. East, Saskatoon
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch available for purchase

  • Product demonstrations
  • Wellness and fitness information
  • Financial resources Information
  • Hobbies and leisure activities
  • Health products
  • Government services
  • And much more…

Also ….
Music, entertainment, free refreshments throughout the show

 

 

 

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Bus Buddy – Get Where you need to go

Bus Buddy Volunteer:

B:  Becoming a participant in the Bus Buddy Program gives you confidence to ride the bus.

U:  Using your bus pass, knowing where to ring the bell and getting on and off the bus safely are learned while riding the bus.

S:  Schedules, Bus Routes, Transfers and Bus Stops are explained so you are ready to ride the bus.

B:  Being with your volunteer for three trips gives you time to asks lots of questions.

U:  Using the bus gives you more independence to travel around the city.

D:  Destinations depend on where you would like to go and on what you would like to do.

D:  Doing errands, going to appointments or meeting friends for coffee are just some of the reasons to ride the bus.

Y:  You are the most important part of the Bus Buddy Program.

Being a Bus Buddy Volunteer is so much fun. 

I love it!   Kathryn