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
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
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.

Sincerely,

June Gawdun

General, Important Notices

Parking at Saskatoon Field House

Effective July 12, 2017

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:

  • Plate Registration (in SFH lobby) or Permit Required:
    • Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 3-Hour Parking Limit

Lot #15 (gravel lot along Preston Avenue):

  • Plate Registration (in SFH lobby) or Permit Required
    • At All Times
  • 3-Hour Parking Limit
Elder Abuse, General, Important Notices

Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults

World Elder Abuse Awareness day (WEAAD)

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Saskatoon Council on Aging  marks WEAAD 2017 by raising awareness. This year’s theme is Starting the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults’. Join us in building the movement for social change across the province, to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize communities in Saskatchewan to take action.

Did you know the percentage of seniors in the population (16.9 per cent) now exceeds the share of children (16.6 per cent) in Canada? Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more seniors in Canada than ever before, a trend that is going to continue well into the future. At the same time as that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of seniors are experiencing abusive situations. And that’s only part of the picture: experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect that is reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

WEAAD serves as a Call-to-Action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006 in a global effort to unite communities in raising awareness about elder abuse and the impact this has on the quality of life of our most vulnerable citizens.

“We all have a vital role to play in creating a peaceful, supportive and just society” stated June Gawdun, Executive Director of SCOA. We invite and encourage you to join us on June 15  in our efforts to Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults.

How you can help Start the conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults: Join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Annual General Meeting, General, Important Notices, membership

Membership News

A motion regarding membership and fees was approved by members at the Annual General Meeting. on May 25th. Changes to our membership system are effective from that date. The fee structure for membership emerged from recommendations to assist SCOA  resolve its financial concerns, particularly to help the organization overcome the Saskatoon Health Region’s withdrawal of $75,000 of grants to support core operations.

SCOA Membership Fee System effective May 25, 2017

  • Individual Full Member: $25
  • Individual Associate Member: No fee
  • Non-profit Organization Member: $25
  • Corporate Member: $250
    Individual Full Members and Individual Associate Members receive discounts:
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  • With the exception of the Individual Associate Members, all other members shall have the right to vote at any general meetings and the Annual General Meeting of SCOA and are eligible to be a member of the Board of Directors.
  • An exemption from paying an Individual Full Member fee is granted to anyone 90 years of age or older.
  • The membership period runs from April 1 to March 31.
  • Renewals are to be effective April 1 of each year.
  • No membership cards are to be issued but membership is recorded by SCOA.
  • No charitable donation receipts are to be given for a membership fee.
  • Volunteer time will not be counted as a way to obtain Individual Full Membership without paying the required fee.

Payment Methods: Full Member, Corporate Member or Organization Member only

1.Mail the form and fee (if applicable) to:
Saskatoon Council on Aging (Saskatoon Field House)
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4

2. Pay with credit card– visit the SCOA office or phone (306) 652-2255.

Health Services, Important Notices, Partners

New Partnership: Bourassa & Associates

Bourassa & Associates

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is pleased to welcome Bourassa & Associates as our organizational sponsor and partner.

Locally owned and operated since 1986, Bourassa & Associates Rehabilitation Centre is a provider of premium rehabilitation services.  University-trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and exercise therapists are ready to assist with your muscle, joint or nervous system disorders. Whether your goal is to reduce pain, improve function, retain independence, heal an injury, or improve your mobility, head to toe, they have you covered.

Most commonly, Bourassa & Associates sees people for spinal and peripheral joint conditions and injuries.  This could include rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder, foot pain, a spinal condition causing back and leg pain, to osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. A typical course of care includes manual therapy treatment, tailored exercise prescription, and education.

Areas of specialized focus include: (but are not limited to)

  • Credentialed manual and manipulative therapists;
  • Credentialed acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation (dry needling) practitioners;
  • Treatment of work and motor vehicle accident injuries;
  • Treatment of TMJ (jaw) dysfunction;
  • Balance/dizziness/vestibular dysfunction;
  • Pelvic health (male and female);
  • Sports injuries;
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, brain injury);
  • Bridging to appropriate medical specialists when required.

Please visit their website bourassarehab.com for detailed descriptions of services.

Bourassa & Associates has developed a special program for those individuals requiring a total knee or hip replacement. We also have a Senior’s Exercise Program that runs twice per week and includes a group led warm up and a supervised exercise program. For those pet lovers, we also offer physical therapy for dogs, with a practitioner who is credentialed in Canine Rehabilitation.

To book an assessment, call the clinic at (306) 665-1962 or follow the link on the website at bourassarehab.com.  Although a medical referral is not required for assessment and treatment, you may wish to check with your insurance provider to determine if they require a referral for coverage.

Bourassa & Associates offers the following discounts on services for 

Saskatoon Council on Aging members.

  • $70.00 IA (regular $80.00)
  • $50.00 ongoing treatment (regular $55.00)
  • $55.00 acupuncture (regular $63.00)
  • $70.00 TA 2 (regular $74.00)
  • $ 55.00 classes for 2 sessions ($60.00)

All older adults requesting the discount will need to complete a SCOA membership form

SASKATOON DOWNTOWN 306/665-1962 414-750 Spadina Crescent E
(Medical Arts Bldg)
SASKATOON EASTSIDE 306/665-1962 #2-117 Slimmon Road
(Orthopaedic Associates)
SASKATOON MARKET MALL 306/665-1962 68-2325 Preston Ave
SASKATOON WESTSIDE 306/665-1962 #2 3315 Fairlight Drive

The Saskatoon Council on Aging extends our appreciation to Bourassa & Associates for their support and look forward to a rewarding and exciting partnership.

Awards, General, Important Notices

B’nai Brith 2016 Murray Scharf : We’re Proud of You Award

Everyone at SCOA is extremely excited about Murray Scharf being recognized with the We’re Proud of You Award presented by the B’nai Brith.

Murray Scharf is a founding member of SCMurray Scharf01 (1)OA and has carried many assignments for SCOA.  Most recently, Murray acted as Ambassador to promote SCOA’s 25th Anniversary.  This role included appealing to SCOA supporters for a commemorative fund called Cornerstone.  This fund is to support SCOA’s innovations for making life better for seniors.  The supporters responded very positively to this appeal and the results are deemed to be successful.  The fund is a huge step forward for SCOA’s future.

Now SCOA has learned the award comes with a $10,000 endowment to be managed by the Saskatoon Community Foundation.  The interest earned from this endowment will be disbursed to SCOA annually.

“This is great news for SCOA” cited Jim Wasilenko, Chair of SCOA’s Finance and Fund Raising Committee.  “Not only does the award support SCOA forever from the proceeds of the fund, it recognizers an outstanding person working on behalf of SCOA.  The volunteer work by Murray Scharf epitomizes the talents and experiences seniors offer and demonstrates the value seniors add to the community.

Wasilenko added that with the recent partnership with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, SCOA has also started an endowment.  Murray Scharf’s award will inspire others to consider a bequest or a substantial gift to SCOA’s endowment.  “Imagine the impact of giving a gift that lasts forever.”

 Murray, we are all proud of you for your volunteer work in Saskatoon.

Annual General Meeting, Important Notices

Annual General Meeting – Notice to Members

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Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm 
Rusty McDonald Library – 225 Primrose Drive

Click  AGM Notice to Members to download the following documents:

  • Minutes of the last annual general meeting held May 26, 2016
  • Agenda for the May 25, 2017 meeting
  •  By-law revisions
  • Membership fee system

A full annual report with audited financials will be provided and presented at the meeting.

 

Health Services, Important Notices, Partners, Programming

Remembering When Program

Remembering When News:

On May 1, 2017, the Fire Chief Morgan Hackl, presented a report on the Remembering When program to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services asking them to forward it to Council for their information. Janet Barnes and Dori Krahn were in attendance to answer any questions that Council members had. The report summarized the partnership between SCOA and SFD with regards to Remembering When and explained the steps we’ve taken so far.

Council members who are part of this committee expressed their support for their program and stated that the services we provide are valued and necessary.

The Remembering When™ program is a partnership between the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) and the Saskatoon Council on Aging. Our goal is to supportUntitled aging in place by providing fire safety and falls prevention education and support.   Janet Barnes from SCOA and Dori Krahn from SFD have made a number of group presentations including the Eastview Neighbourhood Club Hub, Scott Forget, McDonald Tower, McEwen Tower, Liberty Court, the Ilarion, Chalet Gardens, Preston Park 1, Luther Riverside Terrace, and Sienna Pointe. After a group presentation there is an opportunity to request a home visit to assess your specific situation and offer supports and referrals if needed. We know we will need help and have trained a number of SFD volunteers and Saskatoon Services for Seniors staff to make home visits.   We have booked  two community presentations for May and are doing some follow up for the older adults that the firefighters are lifting after they have fallen and haven’t hurt themselves.

Dori and Janet have met with a number of potential partners  to build the capacity of the program and  if possible, integrate fire safety and fall prevention into existing programs that offer home visits.  We received an SGI/ABI grant to help purchase exercise bands and night lights to provide to the individuals that receive a home visit and have found a partner to provide smoke alarms if they are outdated.

Watch for the Safety Down the Aisle Fashion Show!   We have booked a show at McClure Place on June 13 at 2:00 p.m., Spotlight on Seniors in October and the Century Club in December. 

Please join us if you can for one of the community presentations:

May 29, 2017- Sobey’s Community Room- Stonebridge – 3100 Preston Avenue South-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – McClure United Church Sanctuary, 4025 Taylor Street E
 2:00 p.m.

If you are interested in having a Remembering When™ presentation for your group or would like more information, please contact Dori Krahn (306)975-7715.

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Remembering When is a program designed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that uses nostalgia to promote eight fire safety and eight fall prevention messages through group presentations and home visits. The goal of the program is to help older adults eliminate fire and fall hazards in their environment so that they can stay in their homes if they would like. Through the program, we also teach what to do in the event of a fire and how to get up from the floor if you have fallen and are not hurt. 

 

 

 

General, Important Notices

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Field House Parking Changes Effective Monday, April 24th

Field House Parking Changes  Effective Monday, April 24th

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The University of Saskatchewan is set to begin construction of the new twin-ice facility on April 24, 2017. Saskatoon Field House patrons will see some changes to available parking starting April 24 when a construction fence will be erected and there will be no public access to the south parking lot located on university grounds.

For patrons using the Field House during this time, the north parking lot or Lot #15 (U of S designated lot located east of the Field House) will be available for vehicle parking.  All patron vehicles parked in these lots must register their license plate through the parking terminal located in the lobby at the Field House. There is no fee for Saskatoon Field House patrons to park, but your license plate must be registered though the parking terminal.  Please refer to posted parking restrictions located on site and at the parking kiosk.

The City of Saskatoon appreciates your patience as we manage the parking requirements during the construction phase.  We will continue to work with our user groups and patrons to accommodate parking needs and provide updates as required.

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