age-friendly, Important Notices, Services, Technology

What older adults need to know NOW about virtual communication 

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One truth that has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic is how important virtual communication has become. Sometimes it’s the only means of communication possible. In hospital settings and nursing homes where visitors are not allowed to visit, virtual communication becomes the only way (besides trying to talk through a window) to reach a loved one and keep them (or yourself) from feeling totally abandoned.

And please don’t throw up your hands and say: Oh, that’s so beyond me; I’ll just phone; my family will be there for me; I haven’t needed it in the past 20 years and I don’t need it now! Really? You may need it tomorrow if you have to be admitted to a care facility or hospital.

Got your attention?  Let’s start with the common cell phone. I think everyone should have one for safety sake in any case, and should, at the very least, know how to text, send emails, use FaceTime and just for fun, learn how to take photos. These basic functions will allow you to keep in touch with your family and they with you.

So why not prepare now for a worst possible communication scenario?

Even if you never have to endure the trauma of mandatory visiting restrictions keeping you from  a loved one, note that there are many other advantages to a cell phone. Texting is the fastest way to reach the grandkids!! FaceTime brings them right to the edge of your chair. And they can teach you the basic functions of a cell phone! And photos are fun!

Why not give it a try?

Isn’t it everyone’s responsibility to learn to communicate virtually?

You’ll be glad you did!

by Mercedes Montgomery, SCOA Co-President 

Great collection of how to’s for ZOOM 

 

Classes, Lifelong Learning, Programming, Technology

SCOA Winter Classes & Programs

Note: All class/program fees must be paid in advance.
1. Phone 306-652-2255 to pay with credit card, OR
2. Mail a cheque to our office: SCOA, Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4 OR
3. Visit our office at the Field House


Literary Roundtable Discussions – CANCELLED

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This course will examine and discuss three famous short stories—“A New England Nun”, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman; “The Veldt”, by Ray Bradbury; and “The Boarding House”, by James Joyce. Each story is full of mysteries and unanswered questions. All stories are on the internet – please read them before the classes begin. Join Terry Matheson (PhD American Literature) and Brian Cotts (MA Literature) for three fascinating sessions (6hrs).

Wednesdays (April 8, 15, 221:30 pm – 3:30 pm $50
SCOA Boardroom


 Bird Identification – CANCELLED

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Identification and appreciation of local birds. This class will go beyond the basic identification of birds to consider more advanced visual identification and introduce birding by ear, along with some of the hidden aspects of birdsong. We will also cover bird migration and how it changes the mix of species locally over the course of the year. All classes indoors (6hrs).

Wednesdays (April 29, May 6, 13)  1 pm – 3 pm $50


Technology – CANCELLED

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Apple Technology Classes

Beginner one-on-one Apple ONLY classes on Friday afternoons.
Become more confident using your Apple iPad, iPhone, Computer or Watches. Register now for 2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hrs) which includes a take home manual. Must bring your device.
Date: Friday afternoons Cost: $40

IOS 12/13 Apple operating system and iPhone/iPad photography/Cloud Classes
Mystified with the Apple system update (IOS 12/13) Having troubles with photos stored on the “Cloud”? Small group class sessions with 5 people per class – register early.

IOS System Update 12/13
Tuesday, Feb 4 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Cost: $20
iCloud/Photography
Tuesday, Jan 28 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Cost:$20

Tech Buddy – CANCELLED

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Seniors Tech Buddy (Any type of technology device) One-on-one beginner technology workshops with students from local high schools.
Cost: $10 (Fee to cover administration costs) 306-652-2255 to register

age-friendly, Classes, Finance for Seniors, Lifelong Learning, Programming

SENIORS TECH BUDDY FAIRS

Learn how to stay safe online with presentations on financial fraud and internet safety. Get one on one help with tech devices by students from local high schools. Learn how to use your laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone, iPhone or other device.

FREE TRANSPORTATION TO THOSE WHO NEED IT

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Tuesday April 10th at St. Joseph High School
115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon
9:15am-9:45am Registration/Check-in
9:45am-11:00am Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
11:00am-12:15pm One on One help with technology by high school students

OR

Thursday April 19th at Bishop James Mahoney High School – CANCELLED
231 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon
10:00am-10:30am Registration/Check-in
10:30am-12:30pm Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
12:30pm-1:30pm One on One help with technology by high school students
$10 fee to cover administration cost
Phone: 306-652-2255 Email: admin@scoa.ca
Or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging (SCOA):
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Field House)