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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Health Presentation/Wellness Checks: Each month, AF Strasbourg hosts a health presentation at the library followed by Q&A. The presentations are on various health-related topics. Monthly Wellness Checks are provided by a Nurse Practitioner. Foot care will be provided by a retired Nurse Practitioner following the presentation, for a small fee. AF Strasbourg paid the initial cost for this footcare. The fee individuals pay helps offset this initial investment. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

Blood Pressure Checks: At one of the monthly Toonie Lunches, the local Emergency Medical Services group provided free blood pressure checks to anyone who wanted. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

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Wellness Day:

AF Shaunavon held a Wellness Day on October 12, 2023, with a variety of topics aimed at helping older adults to stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. A free lunch and take-home bag of goodies sponsored by stakeholders in the community was provided. Click here for contact details.

“Orientation to Caregiving” Workshop presented by AF Saskatoon will provide caregivers and future caregivers with resources and support, covering topics such as basic care needs, self-care for caregivers, and caregiver burnout prevention. Click here for contact details.

“Wellness” Workshop presented by AF Saskatoon explores ways to maintain mental and physical health and wellness as you age through nutrition, movement, and mindfulness utilizing a life course perspective: “Making the healthy choice the easy choice.” Click here for contact details.

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Mental Health Workshop for Farmers: Talk, Ask, Listen is a Farmers’ Mental Health workshop put on in a farming community for everyone. This is a great way for AF Strasbourg to reach out to our community’s farmers and families. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

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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.

Beyond the Pandemic final report. This completes the work begun by AF Saskatoon with the Beyond the Pandemic White Paper. To find a link to the Final Report, as well as contact details, please go to this link.