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


Events, Programming

Seniors Neighborhood Hub Clubs

Seniors Neighborhood Hub Club (SNHC), Mayfair Branch Wind-up  party

 Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:30 to 4 p.m. – Mayfair United Church, Saskatoon

Thanks to Primrose Chateau for providing such a wonderful lunch!
Carmen Formanek-Loncar – Music Therapy


Guests enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of music, socializing and celebration cake.


Joan Cochrane, Medicine Shoppe demonstrates gentle exercise routines for older adults.

The Seniors Neighborhood Hub Clubs emerged from Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative Phase 2 recommendations: including:
• Increase opportunities and accessibility for older adults to a wider variety of activities and events.
• Explore affordability options for low income older adults.
• Create and support programs that reduce isolation.
• Increase civic programs and services that focus on integration of older adults in to the
• Support the recognition of older adults’ contributions to the community.

SCOA worked with partner organizations to develop and deliver new programs and services that meet the needs of older adults. Examples include:
Pilot projects with two community associations to develop Seniors’ Neighbourhood Clubs to provide access to local community based programs for older adults. Eastview Community Association has now taken over running the SNHC at the eastside location.

• Older adults have more options for activities and other ways of being included in the Saskatoon
community thereby improving health and well-being and reducing isolation
• Development of neighbourhood programs and programs targeted to specific populations
provides greater accessibility and reduces barriers to social participation for older adults
throughout Saskatoon
• Increased social participation of older adults is leading to growing appreciation and
understanding of the range and value of their contributions in the community

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters:

Conexus, Primrose Chateau, Saskatchewan Lotteries and the Medicine Shoppe

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.


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, Programming

Calling for creative volunteers!


Are you a Photographer? Graphic Designer? A person with a background in electronic media, print and /or visual media, a flair

for or interest in using photos to tell a story?  Then we need YOU!

SCOA is looking to refresh our Age Alive Photography Exhibition.  Age Alive presently features wonderful photos of older adults participating in all avenues of positive aging.  It has been displayed at many venues in Saskatoon and is also an excellent teaching tool in our intergenerational work about aging and for connecting with the community.

We wish to renew the display, add diversity to the images of older adults and consider additional dimensions in presentation – audio-visual, electronic, etc.

We’d love to have you join us.

Age Alive Photography Exhibition at WDM

Contact Virginia at the SCOA office (306-652-2255) to let us know you might want to join us. We’ll meet for coffee, look at the display we have now and start to work on a major 2017 refresh!



Mercedes Montgomery, Chair of the Communications Committee, Shan Landry, Board co-chair and Ila Sarkar,  Board member.