In an Age-Friendly community, public services, media, commercial services, faith communities and civil society are respectful of the diversity of the needs among citizens, including older adults, and are willing to accommodate them in all aspects of society.

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.

You may also find the SSM/AF SK resource LET NO ONE BE ALONE helpful. You may access it at this link.

Letters to Isolated Older Adults: AF Moose Jaw created an email address where they receive and screen generic letters of support & encouragement, scanned pictures, etc. from the public. Participating assisted living centers, care homes, and retirement communities then receive weekly emails with compiled content to print and post, or share with all residents as they see fit. For more information, contact details for AF Moose Jaw are on their Community Page on this website.

Cheer-Up Boxes: In May 2022, AF Moose Jaw supported Salvation Army Moose Jaw, Community and Family Services in successful application to United Way COVID-19 Seniors Response Grant for funding to support purchase and development of Senior Care Packages and Activity Kits that were distributed by Moose Jaw Housing Authority to at-risk seniors. For more information, contact details for AF Moose Jaw are on their Community Page on this website.

Intergenerational Penpals: AF Strasbourg had a successful pen pal project between youth and seniors. To read a newspaper article about this project, or to contact AF Strasbourg for more information, go to their Community Page on this website.

Greeting Cards: In 2020, AF Rosetown held a Christmas Card drive, with overwhelming support from the community, sending greetings to residents of Rose Villa, Orange Memories and Wheatland Regional Centre. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Parking: Under AF Strasbourg’s guidance, specific event parking is set up for people needing to park closer to the program area. People help at events with elevator assists. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

Land Acknowledgement: AF Regina has added a Land Acknowledgement to their Community Page on the AF Saskatchewan website, and includes a Land Acknowledgement in their newsletter. For more information, contact details for AF Regina are on their Community Page on this website.

Reconciliation Events: AF Strasbourg has hosted Reconciliation Events. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Rosetown holds fundraisers to assist local seniors-centred programs, such as the Seniors’ Centre and the Rose Villa landscaping project. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

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 April 2020 and September 2021 which led to sustainable change as it 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.

Toast to Seniors: Beginning in 2018, AF Rosetown partnered with Rosetown and District Health Centre to hold Toast to Seniors events, providing breakfast and/or entertainment for seniors in care homes and the seniors’ centre. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Harvest Festival Royalty: To acknowledge that all seniors are community royalty, AF Rosetown partnered with the Rosetown Museum to name a King and Queen from the community seniors (and Prince and Princess from the community youth) for the annual Harvest Festival. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.