age-friendly, Awards, Events

Age-Friendly Award Comes Home

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The second annual Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award was presented to the City of Saskatoon in council chambers on January 27th, 2019. Presented by Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA] Age-Friendly Co-chair Candace Skrapek, the award recognizes the city for its commitment to working to provide an inclusive environment for older adults and supporting age-friendly environments that help seniors age actively.

On December 3, 2019, the City of Saskatoon received the award from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) in the provincial Legislature’s fall sitting.

The work that brought this about was the Age-Friendly Saskatoon Initiative [AFSI] project. Led by SCOA, the multiyear project aimed at community change to establish Saskatoon as an age-friendly city. The City of Saskatoon plays a key role to establish clear policy directions for the programs and services needed by older adult citizens.

“By 2025, one-quarter of Saskatoon’s population will be over the age of 65. Planning for this growing, older population is critical.” 1

The city collaborated with the project and implemented some of its outcomes.

To create an age-friendly community, society’s attitudes must shift toward a positive view of aging and older adults. If older adults have opportunities to participate in social and community activities, they maintain connections to other people and the community which contributes to improved quality of life. Due to the enthusiasm, expertise and countless hours provided by older adult volunteers, the AFSI succeeded in its efforts to positively change community conversations about an aging population in Saskatoon.

The City of Saskatoon continues to demonstrate its commitment to this great community work. Following the completion of AFSI in 2017, the City of Saskatoon was granted full membership in the World Health Organization Global Age-friendly Cities Network.

The City of Saskatoon Strategic Plan, 2013 – 2023 identifies “development of age-friendly initiatives to enhance quality of life as people age” 2 as a priority under Quality of Life Strategic Goal.

SCOA looks forward to continuing collaboration to make Saskatoon a truly age-friendly city.  A commitment to respect and inclusion is a true measure of a society’s support for the quality of life of all of its citizens. This latest award marks one more achievement on the journey to an age-friendly Saskatoon.

For further information, contact SCOA 306.652.2255 or visit  our our website
Age-Friendly Saskatoon Initiative:

Read Candace Skrapek’s presentation speech to Saskatoon City Council:
City Council Award 2020

age-friendly, Partners

Working with Seniors Video

From 2011-2016, the Saskatoon Council on Aging conducted a five-year research project called the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative to assess the needs of older adults in Saskatoon. Through the research and community conversations that were conducted over the 5 years, hundreds of older adults described what it is like to grow old in Saskatoon, identified the kinds of supports that would provide a better quality of life and recommended actions needed to promote healthy aging.

In 2015 Saskatoon Council on Aging approached Chief Weighill and then Chief Paulson to explore actions recommended in Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative that would enhance the safety of our community from the perspective of older adults. Both Chiefs took action: a working group was formed with SCOA, Police and Fire representatives and a number of activities have come from this group. This video is one.

It is rewarding to work with community partners who are dedicated to serving the older adult population in Saskatoon. SCOA joins with Police and Fire Services, and Preston Park to celebrate the Working with Seniors training video—and the fabulous actors! We celebrate community partnership, community action, and the knowledge that the police and fire services now have a tool to raise staff awareness about older adult issues that will help in their work to create a safer, age-friendly Saskatoon.