In an Age-Friendly community, there is local access to social and health services needed to stay healthy and independent. This includes access to health services such as physicians, nurse practitioners, and public health nurses, either in the community, or with affordable transportation or online connection readily available. Mental health services, specialized supports such as cancer support groups, dental care, foot care, occupational therapy and physical therapy, etc. can be accessed either locally or by affordable transportation or online connection.

As well as health care, this domain includes affordable meal delivery, affordable and reliable grocery delivery, access to medication delivery, emergency services, general safety, etc.

In the sections below, you will see examples of what AF Saskatchewan communities are doing in this domain. For each example, there is a link to that community’s individual page and to their contact details, for more information.

Rides to Vaccination Clinics: AF Rosetown rented the Wheels for Wheels van on COVID-19 vaccination clinic days to give free rides. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Advocating for Accessibility: AF Rosetown advocates for and assists in facilitation of home and health services that are accessible, available, affordable and timely. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Moose Jaw has taken several steps with Age-Friendly Businesses: spreading information via media, conducting a pilot in banks and pharmacies, and meeting with the Chamber of Commerce. They are researching ways of training businesses to be Age-Friendly. For more information, contact details for AF Moose Jaw are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Strasbourg hosts community events in partnership with LMVBA with free ice cream in the summer, free coffee, free baking. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

In Ponteix, four seniors work in a community garden and share the produce with other seniors who are not able to garden. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website.

In Moose Jaw, partner organizations (SHA, Moose Jaw Literacy, Family Service Bureau, Community Living Division, Moose Jaw Express, Salvation Army) were called on to address isolation and food insecurity in April 2020 and September 2021, which led to sustainable change as applied to needs of seniors during the pandemic. For more information, contact details for AF Moose Jaw are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Saskatoon/SCOA has written a White Paper titled Beyond the Pandemic, urging a focus on age-friendly actions as we move through and out of the pandemic. You can find a link to the White Paper on AF Saskatoon’s page on this website, as well as their contact details for more information.