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Join Us! Become a full member of SCOA

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Did you know?  Growing older can be the best time of your life.

The key to aging well is staying active, engaged and informed. The Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA] is a non-profit organization that promotes positive aging for all in an age-friendly community.

Our programs and services can help you feel great, as you grow older –
Stay active, engaged and informed with us!

5 Great reasons to be a full member!

1. Access learning, fitness and social opportunities for older adults

  • Keep your mind active: SCOA offers technology classes, crafts, Life skills workshops
  • Keep your body active: The SCOA Globe Walkis a free monthly fitness challenge – Join a team, stay fit and have fun!
  • Social activities promote health and well-being:  Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs, are free monthly socials – now in 5 locations city wide!

2. Stay informed with information that matters to you! You receive…

  • The latest happenings and community events delivered right to your
    inbox with a monthly eNews
  • Coming of Age newsletter with useful articles, classes & programs for seniors and news

3. You receive discounts from participating sponsors and our special coupon pack

4. You have a vote at our annual general meeting and learn more about your community

5. You help us build an age-friendly communitywhere older adults are valued and included

Make your voice heard – Be part of a friendly, growing community of older adults [3600+]

You can help us build a better future with older adults –
Become a member today!
Single memberships $25/Couples $35/Corporate $250/Nonprofit $25/Associate Free
Memberships renewed yearly [April 1 to March 31]

  1. Phone 306.652.2255 to pay with credit card

  2. Sign up online scoa.ca

  3. Visit our office 2020 College Drive[ Field House ]

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Seniors Tech Buddy News

Seniors Tech Buddy Program

Learn how to use your tech device! Older adults work one-on-one with local high school students to learn how to use their iPads, iPhones, Android, tablets, laptops or other mobile devices.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
10:30 am-11:15 am—Presentation on Financial Fraud
11:30am-12:25pm– Student Support (one on one help with technology)

Where: St Joseph’s High School, 115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon

Cost: $10 fee to cover administration costs

To register, Phone 306-652-2255 or email leslie@scoa.ca
Transportation is available for those in need!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Community Initiatives Fund, SaskTel, Affinity Credit Union, Restorative Action Program [RAP], St. Joseph’s High School 

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Virtual Reality – A real option for pain management

by Susan Tupper, PT, PhD, Strategy Consultant, Pain Quality Improvement, Saskatchewan Health Authority

The idea of being transported to another reality, where you can see, hear, and touch a virtual world as if it were real has been the topic of science fiction since the short story Pygmalion’s Spectacles was penned by Stanley Weinbaum in 1935. Since the mid-1960s, the technology of interactive videos has grown to include flight simulators, video games, exposure treatment for phobias, medical education, and pain management. You may be wondering how virtual reality can affect pain. What can a video do to change arthritis or a disc bulge? The answer to that question lies in knowing how pain works.

Most people think that pain and tissue damage, such as arthritis, are perfectly intertwined. More tissue damage will lead to more pain and vice versa. Fortunately, it’s not that simple. Information about danger or damage to our tissues travels along specialized nerves to the spinal cord and eventually to approximately 20 different areas of the brain that work together to create the experience of pain. We’ve learned a lot about pain over the past 40 years and now know that the signals coming from the tissues are modified at the spinal cord and brain to either increase the signal or completely block it. This is very useful to help us respond appropriately to our environment. For example, if you’re running down the road and sprain your ankle, it’s important to be able to feel pain so you can take care of your ankle until it feels better. However, if there’s a truck speeding toward you, it’s more important to NOT feel pain and get off the road. Once you’re safely out of harm’s way, the ankle pain will slowly appear. Though the tissue signals play a role, the brain determines whether or not we feel pain. The good news is that we can manipulate the brain to change pain. This is where virtual reality comes in.

Our research team is exploring how virtual reality can be used to help people with dementia manage pain. We also want to use virtual reality to train family care providers to recognize pain and better manage pain in themselves and their loved ones.

We are currently recruiting family caregivers for 30-60 minute interviews. We are particularly interested in hearing from male caregivers, those living in rural communities, or those of non-European heritage. The interview can be held on the phone or in a location that’s convenient to you. For more information on how to participate, please contact Dr. Susan Tupper (study lead investigator) at susan.tupper@saskhealthauthority.ca or 306-655-1041, or Kirstie Gibson (research assistant) at kig579@mail.usask.ca or 306-202-6330.

Our team includes researchers from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, St. Thomas More College Department of Psychology, and Luxsonic Technologies Inc.. We received funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the Center for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the Eunice Bilokreli Research Fund  through the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine to support this work. We appreciate the support that SCOA and the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan have provided as study collaborators.

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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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Spring 2019 Classes

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.


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

 

downloadTech Buddy
One-on-one beginner technology classes with students from local high schools.
March 13, St. Joseph’s High School
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