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.

Events, fundraising

Join us for Chase the Ace

A fundraising venture to support programs and services of the Saskatoon Council on Aging and the Caregiver Information and Support Services.

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Tickets sold every Thursday 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Market Mall Kiosk,
2325 Preston Avenue, Saskatoon and every Tuesday 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at Preston Park Retirement Residence at 114 Armistice Way, Saskatoon
• Price is $3.00 per ticket.
Draw for the winning ticket and a chance to draw the Ace of Spades will be at
Preston Park Retirement Residence each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
• Winner will receive 20% of the ticket sales and if the Ace of Spades is drawn an
addi tional 30% of tickets sales.
• If Ace is not drawn then the 30% of the ticket sales go into the “Chase the Ace”
Jackpot until it is drawn.

Draws: Tuesdays from October 31 on until Ace is drawn.  Draws each Tuesday at Preston Park at 4:30 p.m.


Max of 6000 tickets sold or until ACE of Spades is drawn.
Lottery Licence Number: RR17-0350


Call 306-652-2255 for more information or visit the Saskatoon Council on
Aging at 2020 College Drive (in the Saskatoon Field House)

age-friendly, General, Services

Driving alternatives

Retiring from driving can have challenges however there are many options to maintain an active life.

Saskatoon Transit Services/Access Transit
Office: 226 23rd Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J4
Phone: 306-975-3555

Access Transit
Call 306-975-3555 and press:

  1. For Trip Booking
  2. For Cancellations (24 hours)
  3. For Registration
  4. For Customer Care Line

Volunteer Driver Services
If you receive or are eligible to Home Care services through the Saskatoon Health Region, you may be eligible for the Volunteer Driver services. Call Client/Patient Access Services (CPAS) to inquire.
Office – 210-310 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z2
Phone – 306-655-4346

Comfort Cabs  306-664-6464
United Cabs Ltd. 306-652-2222
Saskatoon Radio Cabs  306-242-1221

Other Transportation Options
Make a list of friends and family members who can drive you to appointments and activities.
Local churches may have volunteers to drive you to church services.
“Buddy Up” with neighbours who enjoy the same activities as you.
Pay for service options such as Driving Miss Daisy 306-653-2479

(Adapted from Driving Alternatives, from the  Saskatoon Health Region Occupational Therapy Department.)

Events, fundraising, Partners

Festival of Wreaths Mix & Mingler

Festival of Wreaths Mix & Mingler

Opening the holiday season

Festival of Wreaths Mix & Mingler, November 28th, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Adorn your door with one of our beautiful home made wreaths!  Proceeds will support the Saskatoon Council On Aging, a non profit organization dedicated to the promotion of dignity, health and independence of older adults.
Event held at Preston Park 1, 114 Armistice Way, Saskatoon.
RSVP to Preston Park 306-933-0515 or SCOA 306-652-2255, 

You are invited to party with us on November 28th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. VIP present wreath awards, meet and greet Saskatoon’s newest VIP’s

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Musical entertainment, enjoy holiday classics with Maurice Drouin

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Extra happy happy hour, exceptional Christmas spirits at Santa pricing

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Live auction, raffle, silent auction, Chase the Ace

Note: Bidders do not need to be present to win prizes.  Advance wreath purchase available.

Sneak peek preview open house
November 21, 2017 from 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.,

Check out this year’s wreath designs, purchase or advance bid on your favorites, place your holiday wishes in the wishing well, enjoy cookies and sugar rimmed cocktails!
Your invitation to the preview party is complimentary.
Further information is available at the Preston Park Market Mall kiosk or call 306-933-0515.  Don’t wait, RSVP the preview event, be inspired by creative door decor.   Home made baking will be served.

 Wreath Wishing Well  *    Shop the Wreath Ornaments * Chase the Ace     
Themed Design   *   Exciting DIY events



Events, fundraising, Partners

2nd Annual Festival of Wreaths

Preston Park Retirement Residence is excited to host the Festival of Wreaths November 21 – 28, 2017.  All events held at 114 Armistice Way, Saskatoon.

wreathAdorn your door with one of our beautiful home made wreaths!  Proceeds will support the Saskatoon Council On Aging, a non profit organization dedicated to the promotion of dignity, health and independence of older adults.


A week of holiday cheer to get you in the decorating spirit…


Tuesday, November 21: Sneak Peak Open House and advance bidding begins, Chase the Ace Draw

Wednesday, November 22: DIY Wreath and Door Swag Design with professional designer

Thursday, November 23: Silver White Winters display

Friday, November 24: Door Bells and Sleigh Bells display with crisp apple strudel

Saturday, November 25: Holiday Door Swag Display

Sunday, November 26: Balloon Wreath Winning, pop for prizes

Monday, November 27: Wreath wrap up – last chance to pre-purchase your favorite wreath

Tuesday, November 28: Merry Mix & Mingler – Live auction, raffle, entertainment and more!

Don’t wait, RSVP for any of the events 306-933-0515 and be inspired by creative door decor.   Home made baking will be served.  

 Wreath Wishing Well  * Shop the Wreath Ornaments  *  Chase the Ace   ♣

November 21, 2017 from 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. – Preston Park 1, 114 Armistice Way 
Check out this year’s wreath designs, purchase or advance bid on your favorites, place your holiday wishes in the wishing well, enjoy cookies and sugar rimmed cocktails!
FREE to attend – Further information is available at the Preston Park Market Mall kiosk,  or call us directly at 306-933-0515 or Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255.



age-friendly, General, Important Notices

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Saskatoon Transit is exploring new ways in which to promote sustainable alternatives to car use and to support friendly forms of transportation such as walking, ride sharing, and public transit. There is huge potential in this area for older adults to become more active in multi-modal transportation and Saskatoon Transit desires to be a catalyst for this kind of change. This summer there will be several opportunities for you to test drive transit and Experience Saskatoon Transit as a 1st or 2nd time transit rider.

Older adults have numerous challenges as they consider a change in their mode of transportation. These include: having a support system to find a new way of being independent and mobile, coping with higher volumes of traffic, and adapting to a new way of life without  driving. Experience Saskatoon Transit is a first step – positive experience that will help you overcome these initial challenges of travelling on transit.

Who can benefit from this travel training experience 

    • Older adults and their families
    • Those already using transit but lacking confidence or having some anxiety about transit
    • Those with a physical and/or cognitive disability
    • Those with a mobility aide (ie: walker, wheelchair)
    • Those who would like to learn about public transit but who are still capable of driving
    • Those who are new to Saskatoon and/or have never tried transit before

Details about Experience Saskatoon Transit

  • In partnership with SCOA and the Bus Buddy program, Saskatoon Transit will be offering 2 hour Experience Saskatoon Transit sessions this summer
  • In this 2 hour travel training session you will be introduced to Saskatoon Transit staff, learn about bus fares, how to board and disembark a bus, travel on a transit route, and participate in a lively “Transit 101” discussion. Each session is limited to 6 per group and availability is on a first-come basis. The times and duration of each session may vary.
  • Available Dates & Times are: Wednesday, August 16 (10:00 am – 12:00)

Thursday, August 24 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, September 13 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Thursday, September 21 (10:00 am – 12:00)

To register a spot for yourself or a group (4-6) for one of these dates, or for more information about Experience Saskatoon Transit, please contact one of the following:

Cory Shrigley
Customer Support & Engagement Manager
Saskatoon Transit
Tel. 306.975.2990  cell 306.380.7100

Bonnie Grove
Age-Friendly Community Development Coordinator
Saskatoon Council on Aging
Tel. 306-652-2522

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About the Program 
The Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Bus Buddy Program is a safe and personal introduction to the Saskatoon transit system through the assistance of trained and qualified Bus Buddy volunteers.

How it Works
Senior volunteers are screened and matched with seniors who want to learn how to ride city buses.  The Bus Buddy Volunteers accompany the participant on several bus trips until she/he is comfortable taking the bus alone. Orientation and training will be provided at the Saskatoon Council on Aging.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to volunteer or learn how to use the bus call the Council on Aging at 306-652-2255 for more information

Fall Programs 2017

Registration for all programs must be paid in advance.
Space is limited. Call SCOA at 306-652-2255 to register. 

Fall Programs Handout

NEW: Introduction to Birding with John Patterson

We will consider the appeal and beneficial aspects of birding, what you need to get started and how to tailor the activity to fit your own interests and skills.  Using winter birds and waterfowl as examples, we will develop identification skills – observe field marks and bird behavior, recognize bird song and understand the role of habitat in finding and identifying birds.  We will also review binoculars, field guides and smartphone apps that can enhance your birding experience. Includes outdoor session.
Tuesdays—September 5, 12, 19 (2 pm—4 pm) 6 hours Cost: $30


Canada Safety Council 55 Alive Mature Driving: Renew Your Driving Skills for Today’s Traffic

The 55 Alive Driver Refresher Course is designed to help Canadians 55 years and over to maintain their independence and their driving privileges.
September 13th or September 27th 9 am -5 pm (7 hours)
$10 fee for SCOA Administration costs
Call the Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255 to register

cameraDigital Photography Class with award winning photographer Roberta Wells
Create beautiful images using photographic composition guidelines. Advice on downloading images, photo manipulation, printing and how to resize, save and send in email. Class emphasis will be on having fun, taking beautiful pictures and sharing them with family and friends. Includes outdoor shooting.
 Mondays – 2pm – 4pm: Oct 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13 (12 hours) Cost: $110


downloadApple Technology Classes
BEGINNER one on one APPLE classes on Fridays
Become more confident using your Apple iPad or iPhone.
2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hours) includes a take home manual
Cost: $40

INTERMEDIATE classes for Apple iPad or iPhone

Topic : Photography and Cloud Storage
October 24 & 31 (11 am— noon)

Topic: Security/Texting/Email
November 14 & 21 (11 am – noon)
Cost: $20

Facebook and WhatsApp classes
Stay in touch with family and friends.
Learn how to share photos and videos, send messages and get updates on Facebook. WhatsApp used by over 1 billion people in 180 countries.
2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hours)  includes take home manuals.
Classes start Thursdays, October 26th


c700x420Celebrating Creativity with Acrylic
This new class is for beginners and beyond. The Acrylic workshop will inspire you to “loosen-up,” have fun and paint more! You will learn new techniques and approaches to painting with acrylic, awakening your passion for painting. There will be demonstrations, practicum and group sharing.
Contact SCOA for your art supplies list. Enrollment limited.
Dates: Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, Nov 7                                                                                  Time: 1:00 – 4:00    (12 hours)
Cost: $95

 5bb657a8614085c90201787ff64b84cfMandala Art Class
Gisele Bauche will be leading a Mandala Art class this fall. Creating mandalas is an ancient art form and a personal symbol that expresses who we are in the moment.  Mandalas are about our journey connecting our inner life to our outer life.  This class will offer relaxing meditations, time to create Mandalas, reflection and sharing.  You will have the opportunity to relax, let go, be inspired and to allow your creative spirit to run free. Contact SCOA for your art supplies list; Mandala patterns provided.
Dates: Tuesdays,  Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5,  2017                                                                               Time: 1:00 – 4:00  ( 12 hours)                                                                                                               Cost: $95.00


age-friendly, Important Notices, Partners

Saskatoon part of WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities

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Saskatoon has been accepted as part of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities!  The application, which included the great work from the Age Friendly Saskatoon Initiative was submitted by the City of Saskatoon with the full support of Mayor and City Council.

Age-friendly communities feature accessible transportation, affordable appropriate housing options, inviting outdoor spaces, quality community and health services, employment and volunteer opportunities, and access to social activities and public events.

SCOA has recently formed an Age Friendly Community Development Committee  with several key stake holders who have an interest is building a positive future for older adults that will continue to ensure that Saskatoon is Age-Friendly.

Our summer student, Thomas, will be contacting members over the summer months to update your information.  Please consider supporting our organization and becoming a full member.  Your support goes directly towards SCOA’s programs and services.

Watch for more exciting updates on our brand new fall programs in the next eNews!

SCOA is very thankful to have many different types of supporters through volunteering, grants, sponsorships and donations  Through providing support it allows SCOA to build a better future for older adults.


June Gawdun

General, Important Notices

Parking at Saskatoon Field House

Effective July 12, 2017

Parking when using the Field House:

Patrons using the Field House can park in the north lot or Lot #15.  There is no fee for Saskatoon Field House patrons, however the following must be adhered to:

North Lot:

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration (or Permit) Required:
    • Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lot #15 (U. of S Lot: along Preston Avenue):

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration or Permit Required At All Times

License plates must be registered in the parking terminal located in the Field House.

The City of Saskatoon is committed to providing access to the Leisure Centres and appreciates everyone’s patience during the construction of the Merlis Belsher Place.