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JANUARY 2021

SCOA Globe Walk LaunchJanuary 5 1:30 pm
Watch on YouTube

SCOA Coffee Break Series: Conversations with Physicians
January 25 1 pm Free to attend, all 55+ invited. Online via ZOOM

Join us online for a conversation with Sask Geriatric EM Physician Dr. Brittany Ellis and geriatrician Dr. Krista Lagimodiere.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SCOA Coffee Break series made possible by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada

Saskatoon Transit & Bus Buddy Joint Presentation
January 27 2 pm  Free to attend, Online via ZOOM

Want to learn more about taking the bus? Topics covered:fares, trip planning, transit app and trips and tricks along the way. Sign up in advance to receive a digital workbook so you can follow along during the presentation. If you want to be paired with a SCOA Bus Buddy for your first bus trips we can accommodate that too. Email Betty betty@scoa.ca or call 306.652.2255  for more information.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


FEBRUARY 2021

Watercolour Introduction Art Class
Feb 1 1 pm to 3 pm Cost $60 Online via ZOOM

Ccurrently an instructor at the U. of S. College of Arts and Sciences Community Arts program, and at Hues Art Supply, Alison Montgomery has been painting in watercolour for over 30 years. Become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating a painting of a simple subject. Supplies not included, contact SCOA to register and for a supply list at 306-652-2255. You may also audit the class if you do not wish to purchase supplies.

All About iCloud: Technology Workshops
Feb 2 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

What is it? What does it cost? Storage space? Different types: iCloud, Google photos, Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Appetizers
Feb 10 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Feb 10 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little Bite!
D’reen will step you through a series of delicious appetizers that will impress your friends and loved ones. To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255,

iPhone Photography Introduction: Technology Workshops
Feb 16 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app: still pictures, video and how do I see pictures and thumbnails. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

SCOA Globe Walk – February Event
Feb 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

Join us for a presentation about Wanuskewin Heritage Park with archaeologist and forensic anthropologist Dr. Ernie Walker. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Live Zoo Animal Session: Mayfair Hub Club
Feb 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Zoo Animal session with a Saskatoon Zoo Society Educator. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Thrifty Chicken
Feb 24 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Get a Bang for your Buck!
D’reen will step you through three incredibly scrumptious meals, all made from one chicken! To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255.


SCOA Coffee Break Series: Mental Health and Older Adults
Feb 25 1pm Online via ZOOM.

The COVID-19 situation can be very stressful. It is important to take care of our mental health as well as physical health. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Megan O’Connell on mental health and older adults; how you can stay healthy during these challenging times.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


MARCH 2021

Advanced iPhone Photography Technology Workshop
March 2 1:30 pm to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app editing: adjust, filters, crop, markup. Photo app: library arrangement, featured photos, albums. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

Finance and End of Life Planning – Lifeskills Series
March 9 1 pm to 2 pm, No cost. Online via ZOOM

Kevin Maynard, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) will guide us to plan for the future as we face life events. “End of life planning” will be emphasized along with adjusting plans as we are faced with life events, dealing with illness and end of life, remaining in control, Power of Attorney, making estate arrangements including your will and arranging funerals. To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.

SCOA Globe Walk March Event – March 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

More information to come

Easter Bread Making – Mayfair Hub Club – March 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

From Baba With Love: Easter Paska Bread Making with UWAC, Hanka Romanchych Branch Ladies. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


April 2021

Container Gardening – Mayfair Hub Club- April 15 1 pm
Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Container Gardening World with Jacqueline Bantle, Horticulturist, (U of S).
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


NEW TO ZOOM? Dr. Megan O’Connell and her team from the U. of S. will be pleased to assist. Phone Phone 306.966.2496 or email megan.oconnell@usask.ca. For more information and support, please visit the Seniors Help website https://supportoa.ca

age-friendly, Caregiving, Programming

Caregiver Forum 2020

Annual Forum Programming

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the SCOA Caregiver Virtual Online Forum in November (watch for registration reminders in October)
Webinar: featuring Virtual Reality for Pain Management and Dementia Dr. Susan Tupper (PT, PhD, Saskatchewan Health Authority)

SCOA Caregiver Forum Virtual Reality for Pain Management and Dementia
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thank you to grantors and partners: Saskatoon Community Foundation, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation [SHRF], Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation

age-friendly, Classes, Programming, Technology

What’s New for Fall 2020

Saskatoon Council on Aging  Fall Class and Program Schedule

This schedule subject to change. Locations/Delivery format: online or onsite at 2020 College Dr. [Field House] or TBD.  Social distancing in effect for classes held onsite, small class sizes maintained. 

To register: Phone 306.652.2255 pay by credit card or send cheques to SCOA, 2020 College Dr. Saskatoon, S7N 0W4 
Note: Class fees must be paid in advance. Registration begins September 1, 2020.

TECHNOLOGY

2018-ipad-iphoneAPPLE TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
Beginner one-on-one – Apple ONLY
Become more confident using your Apple iPad,iPhone, Computer or Watches.
Register now for 1 classes of 1.5 hrs which includes a take home manual. Must bring your device. Cost: $20

Tuesday afternoons. 1pm to 2:30pm To register: phone 306.652.2255

Watch for new technology sessions in 2021!   

SENIORS TECH BUDDY – ALL DEVICES
Learn how to use your tech device! Older adults work one-on-one with local high school students to learn how to use their iPads, iPhones, Android, tablets, laptops or other mobile devices.
COST: $10
Transportation is available for those in need!
Pending COVID-19 restrictions – sign up list phone 306.652.2255

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For more information and support, please visit the  Seniors Help website


ART CLASSES – CANCELLED 

LandscapeAcrylic Prairie Landscape Art Class
Prairie landscapes can be challenging to paint. Excitement can be created, using an interesting colour scheme of yellow and violet fields. A distant elevator can also infuse the work with a nostalgic feeling of hometown Saskatchewan. Join Cecilia on Memory Lane and looking back to our roots. 8”x10” canvas. All materials included

Monday, Nov 23, 2020 1pm-4pm $50


Virtual Learning for Older Adults programs are supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Saskatoon Community Foundation.

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Live on Zoom: Musical Finale with Harreson James

Calling all Hub Clubbers and older adults

The Saskatoon Council on Aging and the University of Saskatchewan invite you to join our “Virtual” Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club!
LIVE ON ZOOM:
Online Musical Performance with Harreson James
When: May 28th, 2020 at 1 pm NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED:

HOW TO JOIN:  
How to Join the webinar  PDF or WATCH VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

Please click this link to join!     If prompted, enter: Webinar ID: 886 9082 7261

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Do you have a computer, tablet or an iPad? Join us for this lighthearted, entertaining musical performance.

Along with some great tunes, we’ll also be releasing the NEW fall schedules for all the Hub Clubs in the city. Join us for some rockin’ good tunes!

Don’t know how to use Zoom?

Are you joining by ipad or tablet or smartphone for the first time? You will need to be able to download the Zoom app. We can help, but you will need your username and password to download apps.

No problem, click on this link for a step by step demonstration.
A collection of how-tos for using Zoom
Participating in a Zoom Webinar Quick Start Guide

Tech Support  PDF Instructions:
Android – How to install Zoom on a computer or tablet
Computer – How to create a Zoom account
Computer – How to install Zoom and join a meeting
iPad or iPhone – How to install Zoom and join a meeting

Tech Support – Video Instructions:
How to install Zoom on Windows 10
How to use Zoom on Windows 10
How to install and use Zoom on iPad
How to install and use the Zoom app on an Android device

Still having problems with Zoom?

Again, no problem, the University of Saskatchewan is here to assist you with all of your Zoom tech questions.
For one-on-one assistance call Megan O’Connell at 1.306.966.2496?

if you are interested in virtual socialization hubs please click here 

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Telephone Visit Program

Like many other organizations we have cancelled and postponed events until it will be deemed safe by government and health authorities.  As a result of COVID-19, older adults are at high risk for social isolation. They lack opportunities to stay engaged and socialize with others; a key component to health and wellness. They also lack access to current or reliable information as many do not use or cannot access the internet. This may further impede their ability to access basic necessities such as groceries, health products or medical assistance.

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is working with community organizations on a new project to support isolated older adults. We will launch a Telephone Visit program that matches seniors with trained and screened volunteers from community organizations. The volunteers will connect with older adults once or twice a week to chat. Conversations can be short or long and can cover any topic from pets to gardening. The volunteers are not social workers, doctors or any other health care professional. They are just regular people that want to help and touch base with older adults.  The only information that will be shared is a first name and a phone number. Seniors can also pick the best time for volunteers to call.

SCOA will be a central intake agency to provide callers with referrals and support relating to COVID-19.  If the senior is experiencing isolation they would be connected to friendly volunteers that would be a “telephone buddy” .

To register phone SCOA 306.652.2255 

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program
In partnership with United Way of Saskatoon and Area.

Background: 

The Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA] serves the approximately 80,000 older adults 55 and over in Saskatoon and area. The coronavirus outbreak has profoundly impacted the lives of older adults. They are at a high risk to become socially isolated due to necessary social distancing measures designed to keep them safe.

Prior to the crisis, SCOA provided many opportunities for older adults to socialize and stay connected. We presently have a membership of 4500 older adults. We keep people informed through our one stop information and resource centre, caregiver information and support centre, newsletters, directory of services for older adults, spotlight on Seniors trade show and our websites.  Our programs and services including seniors neighborhood hub clubs, century club, life- long learning programs and globe walk program keep older adults socially connected, engaged, active and healthy.

 

 

 

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Using technology to reduce social isolation

Seniors are particularly impacted by social distancing measures to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many older adults feel more isolated than ever before. The Saskatoon Council on Aging is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan for an exciting new project to help older adults stay connected and access social opportunities.

SCOA will undertake a pilot project with researcher Megan E. O’Connell, a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan.  The pilot involves showing older adults how to use the popular video conferencing app Zoom. Clinical psychology graduate students under Dr. O’Connell’s supervision will call older adults and walk them through getting them set up to use Zoom. Online or virtual groups will be organized for a variety of topics of interest to older adults including health and mental health.  Group sessions will be limited to 8 older adults and will allow time for questions and socialization.

To take part in the project phone Dr. O’Connell 1.306.966.2496

For more information and support, please visit the  Seniors Help website

The project will promote interactivity between older adults and sharing information through presentations. Technology will also reduce the social isolation experienced by many older adults. They will also experience increased mental engagement a
nd improved health and well being. Older adults will also learn new skills and find out new services available to them.

Social Conection

 

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COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

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COVID-19 Resources for Seniors
A one page handout with essential phone numbers and information

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Community Directories

Face Masks

Fitness 

Forever in Motion Home Fitness and Leisure Resource Guide- PDF
Forever in Motion Facebook Group  Join the group for fitness videos, health and wellness information and more

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Grocery Delivery Services 

CHEP Good Food Delivery
CHEP’s food access programs provide home delivery. Delivery is FREE! Saskatoon only. To order, message us, call 306-655-4575 or email marketsoutreach@chep.org

New Horizons Delivery for Seniors
CHEP Good Food is designated Food Security Lead for Seniors by United Way of Saskatoon & Area as part of the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. Through this program, we are able to deliver ‘good food’ to Seniors FREE OF CHARGE. 

1. By phone (306-655-4575), or
2. Use 
the online order form. 
New Horizons for Seniors Order Form. The link can also be found on CHEP.org by scrolling down through Good Food Delivery.

Salvation Army – Grocery and Pharmacy Delivery
Please email us at covid19response@salvationarmysaskatoon.org or phone (306) 477-2363 and inform the operator you are in need of assistance.

White Buffalo Youth Lodge 306.653.7676
White Buffalo Youth LodgeCheck for current services available – lunch and supper delivery

World Sikh Aid Foundation
Volunteers deliver food free of charge to people who can’t get out or afford to buy their own groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phone 306.880.3898 | 306.715.3366 | 306.241.6537

Grocery Stores that deliver

Where to find Saskatchewan sourced food essentials during the pandemic
How to Buy Groceries without going to the store Information Sheet by Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism


Health Services

Lumeca
A Saskatchewan based app that gives Saskatchewan residents free, confidential access to health care professionals through their mobile devices

Self-Assessment Tool: COVID-19 – Government of Saskatchewan


Mental Health Resources


Pets


Pharmacies

  • YXE City Cabs Free Prescription Pick-Up for seniors: (306) 444-3333
  • Medicine Shoppe [any location] – Free prescription delivery
    https://www.medicineshoppe.ca/ 
  • Earl’s Pharmacy – Free prescription delivery 306-244-1531
  • London Drugs – a program to help seniors who may be isolated and in need of medications.  Caregivers and family members can email SupportSeniors@LondonDrugs.com 
  • Shoppers Drug Mart – Fee delivery of medications to your home and help answer your questions via phone. Phone local store[s] for details.

Shopping


Support Services 

  • Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan: Phone/email support to people with dementia, family, friends 306-683-6322; Dementia Helpline at 1-877-949-4141
    email helpline@alzheimer.sk.ca
  • Family Service Saskatoon –Phone counselling
    Phone counselling will be offered during our regular office hours – Monday – Friday,  9am – 5pm. Call (306) 244-0127 within those times for more information.
  • Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations [FSIN] 1-877-626-6448 covid@fsin.com
  • Saskatoon Food Bank – 306-664-6565 Emergency Food Hampers
  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service – Emergency service (306) 933-6200
  • Sage Seniors’ Resources – home health and mobility needs
    Phone: 306-955-7243 Email: sageteam@sasktel.net
  • Saskatoon Council on Aging: Telephone Visit Program – SCOA will match you with a friendly volunteer to chat over the phone.  To register phone 306.652.2255
    Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, in partnership with United Way of Saskatoon and area. 

Technology

Bolt Mobile – Operation Lifeline 
Old phones are being refurbished and sanitized and then donated to people without phones who are isolated in seniors’ homes and hospitals. Currently available to hospitals and care homes only. Donations accepted. If your hospital or care home facility is interested in receiving donated devices, please contact us today by calling 306-668-4653. .

Utilities

SaskPower
SaskEnergy
SaskTel – COVID-19 Update


News Releases

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Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style – Meet Joseph Klyne

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Joseph Klyne

A professional guitarist by the age of 17, Joseph Klyne has had a successful music career for over 40 years. He first made his living playing lead guitar with various rock cover bands in Winnipeg Manitoba circa 1960. Joseph then developed his own “single” act in Edmonton in the early 70’s. In 1977 he moved to Saskatoon. In the mid 80’s his two sons joined and both took their turn playing bass and harmonizing to his exceptional singing and guitar playing. The J.R. Klyne duo performed throughout Saskatchewan into the early 90’s. Joseph’s guitar style is greatly inspired by Chet Atkins.

Grand Old Opry “Zoomer Style”
October 21, 2020
Western Development Museum
Enjoy a gala evening of country and western music presented by a talented roster of seasoned performers.
Doors open 5 pm Cash Bar
Supper 6 pm,  Entertainment 7:30  pm
Tickets: $100 [tax receipts issued $65]

Phone 306.652.2255 pay with credit card
Buy online at Eventbrite
Visit our office in the field house – 2020 College Drive

A fundraiser for the Saskatoon Council on Aging to provide health and wellness programs for older adults.

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Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style – Meet the Paddlewheelers

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Paddlewheelers

Wayne Salloum, Maurice Postnikoff and Doug Porteous came together fifteen years ago for a one time performance.  One thing led to another and the Paddlewheelers were born, a trio who have provided great entertainment in and around Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. Over time the Paddlewheelers added guitarist Evert Van Olst, base guitarist Jonathan Moore-Wright, and percussionist Brent Burlingham. Through guitar, voice, percussion and harp (harmonica) they have a great sound, breaking bread with the audience focusing on music of days gone by. The Paddlewheelers are truly grass roots Saskatchewan.

Grand Old Opry “Zoomer Style”
October 21, 2020
Western Development Museum
Enjoy a gala evening of country and western music presented by a talented roster of seasoned performers.
Doors open 5 pm Cash Bar
Supper 6 pm,  Entertainment 7:30  pm
Tickets: $100 [tax receipts issued $65]

Phone 306.652.2255 pay with credit card
Buy online at Eventbrite
Visit our office in the field house – 2020 College Drive

A fundraiser for the Saskatoon Council on Aging to provide health and wellness programs for older adults.

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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