Did you know that the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) serves over 80,000 older adults in Saskatoon and area? SCOA is a non-profit organization which began operations in 1991 and is dedicated to promoting positive aging for all in an age-friendly community.
Positive aging means feeling good, as you grow older. The key to positive aging is staying ACTIVE, ENGAGED and INFORMED.
- You can stay ACTIVE through SCOA’s Globe Walk Program.
- You can stay ENGAGED through SCOA’s Senior Neighborhood Hub Clubs, Century Club, and Lifelong learning programs.
- You can stay INFORMED through SCOA’s information/resource centre and caregiver information and support centre and our publications.
- Through SCOA’s Age Friendly Saskatoon Initiative the City of Saskatoon now belongs to the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. The network was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide who are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents. .
Some SCOA key projects and partnerships in the last few years that have emerged from the age-friendly initiative include:
- Development of an Age-friendly lens that is used to encourage organizations to become age-friendly.
- Building Respectful Inclusive Communities (training for older adults in congregate living how to combat bullying).
- VIDEO with Saskatoon Fire, Police and Preston Park 1 (training police and fire to work with seniors).
- Development of a Community Police and Fire Academy for older adults
The “Remembering When” project with Saskatoon Fire (volunteers will visit you in your home to educate about fire safety)
- VIDEO with City Transit (learn how to serve older adults and show older adults how to use City Transit).
- Bus Buddy program(volunteers show older adults how to use transit)