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

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.