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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.

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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
Website: https://transit.saskatoon.ca 

Access Transit
Website: https://transit.saskatoon.ca/rider-guide/accessibility/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

accesstransit@saskatoon.ca

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

Taxicabs
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.)

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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
Email: cory.shrigley@saskatoon.ca

Bonnie Grove
Age-Friendly Community Development Coordinator
Saskatoon Council on Aging
Tel. 306-652-2522
Email: bonnie@scoa.ca


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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
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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.

Sincerely,

June Gawdun

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Paving the way to an age-friendly city

An age-friendly community benefits people of all ages. The whole community benefits when everyone lives in security, has sound housing, enjoys good health and continues to participate in society in a meaningful way.

afsi-phase-3-reportThe Phase  3  Age-Friendly Saskatoon Initiative: Implementation and Evaluation report  describes community conversations that SCOA held with older adults and key stakeholders and highlights achievements and successes.

One year into implementation there is evidence of the community impact of the activities of the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative . New partnerships, programs and services and inclusion of older adults in planning illustrate that the Saskatoon community is responding positively to a growing older adult population.

While much remains to be done, and known challenges prevail, the future is encouraging. The community and its citizens are responding.

Official release of the Age-Friendly  Saskatoon Initiative Phase 3 Report

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017  Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Saskatoon Council on Aging Resource Centre
2020 College Drive  (Saskatoon Field House)