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Dick’s Story

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As a caregiver, Dick Strayer knew what it was like to feel alone and not know where to turn. He is a founder of the Saskatoon Council on Aging’s [SCOA] Caregiver Support and Information Centre, a program that provides support for seniors who are caregivers. Through his work with the program, he spoke with hundreds of caregivers in Saskatoon and area.

“One of the best medicines is for caregivers to talk to other caregivers. Caregivers experience feelings of loneliness and it is great to find out that you are not alone, that there is someone there to help and where you can get advice.”

I’m a firm believer in the cause and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization. They deserve all the support that I can give them.”  ~ Dick Strayer

Dick’s vision for the future would be a provincial Caregiver program, training for caregivers and for people to know more about SCOA’s work.

“I devoted a lot of time to something that I truly believe in. It’s had an effect on my life no question.”

Dick gives to SCOA because “I’m a firm believer in the cause and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization. They deserve all the support that I can give them.”

“SCOA and Caregiver are at the top of my list always.”  ~ Dick Strayer

You can help us build a better future for older adults and caregivers – Donate now!

How to donate:
1. By Phone: 306.652.2255
2. in person at our office in the Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive
3. Online at CanadaHelps 

Dick’s caregiving story

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Caregiver Week 2019

Caregiver Week March 17-23, 2019


Caregiver Logo 2011Care for the Caregiver Forum – Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Caregiver App Launch: Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Caregiver Self-Care presentation : Jeanne Beaudoin (Saskatchewan Health Authority)
  • “The Vulnerability of Caregiving”: Facilitated group discussions

Circle Drive Alliance Church – 3035 Preston Ave. S.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Registration 9:30 am)
Music by: Harpist Heidi Derksen, Cellist Jillian Gushulak
Cost: $20 (Lunch included – must pay in advance)
To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255

Our thanks to Saskatoon Community Foundation


Caregiver Workshop – Monday, March 18, 2019

Cliff Wright Library presentation “Services for Caregivers”
Parkinson Canada presentation “Information for Caregivers”
Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Dr.
1pm-3pm
Cost: FREE
To register call 306-652-2255

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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.

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Caregivers Week 2018

CSandHealthMarch 18 to 24, 2018 is designated as Caregivers Week in Saskatchewan. This week celebrates the work of informal caregivers who provide unpaid care for loved ones, neighbors or friends. Statistics Canada (2012) reports there are over 8 million Canadians who provide care to family members or friends. Most caregivers provide care for aging parents or in-laws with women most likely to assume the caregiver role. Throughout this year’s Caregivers Week, the Saskatoon Council on Aging presents a workshop series for resources and support to assist caregivers in their vital roles.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  CADTH “Fundamentals of online Health Care Research”
CADTH [Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health ]is a not-for-profit organization who provides credible, objective evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.This introductory workshop, open to anyone, will provide participants with basic tips and tricks for locating evidence, reading evidence with a critical eye, understanding evidence, and applying evidence to the real world.
Presenter: Kathleen Kulyk, RN, BSN, MN, CADTH Liaison Officer, SK
Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Drive 1 pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE (Drop in – no registration)

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Thursday, March 22, 2018- ABC’s of Dementia/First Link presented by the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan
Dementia is a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders. Physical changes in the brain cause dementia.
Learn the ABC’s of dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy.
Mayfair United Church – 902 33rd Street West
1 pm – 3:00 pm Cost: $10 registration fee. To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit www.saskatooncaregiver.ca

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Friday, March 23, 2018 “Easing the Stress” of Caregivers”
All Day Workshop 
Emmanuel Baptist Church – 1636 Acadia Drive
10:00am – 3:00pm Cost: $20 (Lunch included)

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Morning Presenter: 10:00 am
“Practical tools for easing the stress of caregivers” – Tanis Walmsley Social Worker Community Services, SHR
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Afternoon Presenters: Mindful Exercises with Dave Wake, Canadian Mental Health Association
Music Therapy with Wes Froese
Forever in…motion stretching exercises with Kimberley Willison
Facilitated discussion groups

To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit www.saskatooncaregiver.ca

Help for Family Caregivers:

Introducing a new EI Family Caregiver benefit – Read more ….