Founded in 1991, the Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA] is a community based nonprofit and resource hub for older adults 55 plus.
SCOA promotes positive aging for all in an age-friendly community . . .
- A positive aging approach fosters a positive attitude about growing older.
- Age-friendly communities support older adults maintain health and independence, provide access to services and ensure older adults are valued and included in the community.
We build a better future with older adults . . .
- A challenge to ageism and ageist stereotypes
- Promote human rights for older adults
- Work to prevent elder abuse
- Promote an age-friendly community where seniors’ voices are heard
- Provide programs and services that promote dignity, health and independence of older adults
We serve over 4000 members and the Saskatoon area community (about 80,000) older adults. SCOA operates a Resource Centre and a Caregiver Information Centre as well as a full range of age-friendly programs and services. Our Resource Centre is an information hub for older adults 55 plus with resources on housing, health products, finance and community services.
Age-friendly Community Development
- 409 older adults aged 55+ from Saskatoon and area responded to a research survey and 49 older adults participated in the focus groups to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of older adults.
Technology and Learning
- 44 older adults learned how to use a mobile device
- 62 students and 35 older adults became acquainted through Zoom; older adults learned how to use their technology devices with great tips from the students.
- Life Long Learning Presentations: 847 attended 26 presentations.
- Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Club: 840 older adults participated in monthly virtual social events.
- Telephone Buddy: 220 older adults received a friendly call from volunteers.
- Century Club Program: 200 members enjoyed virtual presentations and received a monthly newsletter and postcard. Each member received personal phone calls to keep them connected.
- Pen Pal Program: 12 schools participated with 220 older adults in a letter-writing program.
Fitness and Health
- SCOA Globe Walk: 43 teams with 687 individuals spent 49,968.3 hours staying physically active between January and April.
- Resource Centre: 2,577 individuals contacted the office for information or to register for a program. 433 Individuals visited the Resource Centre in person.