age-friendly, Programming, Services, Volunteering

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

 

 

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age-friendly, Publications

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.

age-friendly, Events, Partners

SCOA Globe Walk – Celebrating 5 Years

The SCOA Globe Walk Celebration Luncheon was held at the Western Development Museum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the project and some amazing milestones:

  • 2014 47 Teams 1210 Participants 145,538 miles
  • 2015 60 Teams 1789 Participants 285,525 miles
  • 2016 75 Teams 2486 Participants 437,000 miles
  • 2017 79 Teams 2640 Participants 481,785 miles
  • 2018  83 Teams 2850 Participants 500,000 miles (est.)

 In other words, nearly 11,000 Globe Walkers have logged more than 1,849,848 miles.  How’s that for success!

We have circumnavigated the Globe, traveled to the moon and back and orbited the International Space Station. This year we set a different type of goal – “Going for Gold”. We chose to take inspiration from the Canadian athletes participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and work toward our own Globe Walk Olympic medals.  200+ miles = a Gold Medal.

We were honored to have Canadian Paralympian and Olympic Ambassador Colette Bourgonje as our keynote speaker. 

Globe Walk Luncheon

The SCOA Globe Walk would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters:
Sponsors and Funders: 
R.H. Kilburn & Associates, Private Wealth Management – Investors Group
Community Initiatives Fund
Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Supporters:
Saskatchewan Seniors Fitness Association
City of Saskatoon
Forever …in motion

For the second year, our presenting sponsor, Investors Group has generously offered to repeat last year’s very successful “Double Your Dollars“fundraiser.  How generous?  Every dollar you donate to Globe Walk will be matched by Investors Group (see below).  Many thanks to Richard Kilburn!

SCOA Globe Walk Celebration Luncheon

You may donate online via our partner Canada Helps .  Tax receipts are available if requested. You may also send a cheque to our office: SCOA 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4 or drop by to make a donation in person.

If you enjoy the Globe Walk program, please help us continue grow, improve and reach even more older adults.  Take advantage of the opportunity to double the value of your donation.  

If you have not done so already, consider joining a team or forming a new one in 2019.  We are successful for a reason:  the cost is small thanks to our sponsors 
(Globe Walk is a free SCOA program) but the benefits are huge!

Phone Beth at 306-652-0027 for more information or visit the Globe Walk website: scoaglobewalk.net

 

 

age-friendly, aging in place, Events, Health Services, Important Notices, Partners, Programming

Remembering When News

Upcoming Presentations

 

May 31st at 1:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent Lower Hall

If you are interested in having a Remembering When™ presentation for your group or would like more information, please contact Dori Krahn (306)975-7715.

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Remembering When is a program designed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that uses nostalgia to promote eight fire safety and eight fall prevention messages through group presentations and home visits. The goal of the program is to help older adults eliminate fire and fall hazards in their environment so that they can stay in their homes if they would like. Through the program, we also teach what to do in the event of a fire and how to get up from the floor if you have fallen and are not hurt. 

Annual General Meeting, Caregiving, Events, Health Services

Executive Director’s Report – May 2018

Did you know – SCOA’s Positive Aging Resource Centre and Caregiver Information and Support Centre are unique to Saskatchewan?

One in five Canadians are caregivers and they are an essential link in the health care chain, though often forgotten. Many caregivers are sandwiched between employment and caregiving duties which creates extreme stress. If stress continues, caregiver burnout often results. Inability to find information and support is the cause of much caregiver frustration.

Our Centre provides information and support for older adults and caregivers in Saskatoon and for other provinces. This past year SCOA had over 22,902 visitors and requests for services at our Positive Aging Resource Centre in Saskatoon!

Caregivers enjoyed recent workshops provided by SCOA.  Some comments:
“it’s great to realize that I don’t have to be perfect; all so good, such a variety, thank you; I learned about taking time for me; it’s great to share tips from other caregivers; this information is exactly what we need to be a caregiver with less guilt; really important to be able to discuss in small groups – sharing time; liked the practical tools of self care and the phrase “things have changed and I have changed.”

We are grateful for the support of the Royal University Hospital Foundation Community Mental Health Endowment Grant program and for the opportunity to provide workshops to the many caregivers throughout the city. The most significant success of providing caregiver workshops is that they reduce isolation and facilitate the opportunity for learning, and social networking. This means less isolation, better connections to resources and tools, and the opportunity to share their experiences with other caregivers.

age-friendly, aging in place, Caregiving, Health Services, Partners

Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers to Older Adults

Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers
to Older Adults

In partnership with SCOA, Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock have received SHRF funding for their project, which combines technology and caregiving. 

Family caregivers are the backbone of the health care system, providing an immense amount of unpaid care, often with very little support from others. A team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, with backgrounds in nursing and psychology are working with the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) and a local technology company, Refresh Enterprises, to develop and test an app that they hope will improve and support the caregiver experience. 

College of Nursing co-principal applicants Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock, alongside co-applicants Drs. Kristen Haase (College of Nursing) and Megan O’Connell (College of Arts & Science), have received Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development funding for this project. They plan to build a community of caregivers where individuals can obtain support, gather information, and find relief through an innovative internet-based smart phone tool.

There will be eight focus group sessions, at the Saskatoon Field House, where they will interview a number of family caregivers to collect data on the type of support the caregivers would like to have available through the app. This project has great potential to impact the health of Saskatchewan residents, as most older adults would like to remain in their own homes, supported by their families and they are looking for creative, online solutions, information and support on how to do so.

For more information, contact Sheila Angelstad, Volunteer/Program Coordinator.
306-652-4411