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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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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)