age-friendly, Classes, Lifelong Learning, Technology

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 

Caregiving, Health Services, Partners, Technology

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.

age-friendly, Events, Programming

Meet the Eastview Hub Club!

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Eastview Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club Committee

Eastview Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club

When: 4th Tuesday of each month September to April
1:30 to 4 pm
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 3021 Louise Street
Eastview Hub Club is a program of the Eastview Community Association
Contact: hubclub@myeastview.ca

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age-friendly, Important Notices

Executive Directors Message for October 2019

The staff and volunteers have been quite busy over the summer months organizing programs and events for the fall.  I hope you enjoy reading this issue which is produced by our talented Fund Development/Communication Coordinator, Virginia.

Recently SCOA’s Co-Presidents and I met the Honorable Warren Kaeding, Minister Responsible for Seniors.   He advised that he will be an advocate for older adults at the Ministerial Cabinet table bringing the right people together to make necessary connections.  He is working on gathering a snap shot of what each Ministry does for programs for older adults and collate these findings for a central registry for older adults.  You may find the following link useful from the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum that was held this past May.  At the forum new and emerging issues related to older adults and ways to work collaboratively on key projects were discussed.  Reports and policies that have been approved can be found on this link as well as a variety of resources for seniors.   Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum

The Minister also discussed social isolation of older adults.  Our Volunteer/Program Coordinator, Sheila, has been working hard to have social programs established in Saskatoon for older adults!  SCOA is happy to announce that St. Martins Church and Silverwood Community Heights Association have will be part of the Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs bringing the total now to 5 clubs in Saskatoon.  Please check out the Hub Club for more details.

age-friendly, Partners, Programming, Services, transportation

Bus Buddy Program

About the Program

The Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Bus Buddy Program is a safe and personal introduction to the Saskatoon Transit system through the assistance of trained and qualified Bus Buddy volunteers. Volunteers help participants gain the tools and confidence to travel safely in and around the city of Saskatoon.

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 How it Works

Older adult volunteers will be screened and matched with older adults who want to learn how to ride city buses with ease.  The Bus Buddy Volunteers will make arrangements to accompany the participant on several bus trips until she/he is comfortable taking the bus alone.

Bus Buddy participants will learn how: 

  • To use the City Transit system
  • To plan bus trips anywhere you need to go
  • To read transit routes
  • To locate  bus stops
  • NEW: To use Saskatoon Transit’s mobile app! Download from the App Store or Google Play. Plan your trip in real time using your mobile device. Fast, accurate and convenient!

     

     Click the Saskatoon Transit logo to watch the video for more about the mobile app!

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How to Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer or learn how to use the bus call the Council on Aging at 306-652-2255 for more information

Visit Saskatoon Transit for more information on mobile apps.

 

age-friendly, Events, Health Services, Research

Staying Strong, Balanced and Fast: Fall Prevention

KT poster Fall Prevention Sept 13 2019

Agenda:

1:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Dr. Joel Lanovaz, College of Kinesiology and Dr. Cathy Arnold, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan

1:10 Importance of Research Improving Capacity to Prevent Fall-Related Injury – Cathy Arnold

1:20 Video: A Successful Collaboration and Emergence of FAST (Cathy Arnold and Melanie Weimer)

1:30 Results of first FAST pilot study – Cathy Arnold

1:40 How to measure Fall Arrest Capacity? Joel Lanovaz

Video: College of Kinesiology Labs, Developing Novel Measures (Joel Lanovaz, Jon Farthing, Glennis and Terry Stirling, Danelle Banman, Justin Pfifko)

1:50 FAST 1 and FAST 2 Study Designs and Results – Cathy Arnold and Joel Lanovaz

Video: What do these results mean for fall prevention? (Jenny Basran)

2:10 Introduction of FAST team members

2:20 Acknowledgement of student trainees and their work (Hayley Legg, Danelle Banman, Justin Pfifko, and others not here today)

2:30 REFRESHMENT BREAK and poster viewing

2:50 Welcome and words from collaborators:

June Gawdun, Executive Director, Saskatoon Council on Aging

Kimberly Willison, Lead for Forever in Motion

Cheryl Lehne, Lead for Staying on Your Feet

3:00 Final Words from Participants and PI

Video: (Janet Barnes, Cathy Arnold, Terry and Glennis Stirling, Neil Collins)

3:10 Break out session.. What’s next – Hearing from you (Café style – choose 2)

Questions to consider:

After hearing what you heard today, what would you like to see related to reducing fall-related injuries for older adults?

· Researchers to examine next?

· Health care system to do?

· Community organizations/groups/public to do?

· What would you do differently?

3:50 De-briefing, Closing remarks Cathy Arnold

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).