An Age-Friendly community ensures that all people have opportunities for developing and maintaining meaningful social networks in their neighbourhoods. The needs and preferences of all ages and abilities are considered in planning by local governments, agencies and institutions.

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.

Videos of Events: In Strasbourg, videos are produced for all community events, and people are given links to watch on home computers. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

Seasonal Music: In 2018 and 2019, in partnership with the Lions Club, AF Rosetown hosted evenings of seasonal music, with snacks, beverages and free rides to the event. During the pandemic, this had to be done differently, of course, so a video was produced and distributed. Local businesses helped fund this project. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Street Barbecue: AF Rosetown annually hosts a street barbecue. Entertainment is provided to encourage people to stay and visit. Additional objectives are to raise awareness of Age-Friendly Rosetown and to raise funds to financially assist local organizations and projects that support older adults. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Annual Shopping Night: AF Rosetown worked with the Prairie Centre Credit Union in the warm-up area they provide. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

International Day of Older Persons: AF Moosomin hosted a coffee time, with coffee and donuts, for International Day of Older Persons, Oct. 1, 2021 and Oct. 1, 2022, to celebrate International Day of the Older Person. The Legion Club Room hummed with great conversation and visiting from 10 till noon. It was a great way to get out the word about Age-Friendly! For more information, contact details for AF Moosomin are on their Community Page on this website.

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AF Saskatoon/SCOA leads programs such as Globe Walk, Seniors Tech Buddy, Seniors Neighborhood Hub Clubs and Century Club. For more information, contact details for AF Saskatoon/SCOA are on their page on this website

Story Walk: AF Rosetown helped promote the West Central Literacy Committee’s story walk. It provided an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to get outdoors together safely amidst public health orders, in the middle of winter. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Reading with Children: In Ponteix, some seniors go to the local school to have children read to them, after which the seniors ask the children questions to see if they have understood what they have read. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website.

School Visits: In Ponteix, seniors have brought stamp collecting into the school to help the children in developing their vocabulary and geographical knowledge. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website.

In Saskatoon, a penpal program matches older adults with school age children to exchange letters and cards. This is a fun activity for seniors and children alike and helps create relationships between the generations. For more information, contact details for AF Saskatoon/SCOA are on their page on this website

Through AF Saskatoon/SCOA’s leadership, a partnership with local high schools, the Seniors and Youth Connect program, creates an opportunity for older adults to work one on one with students for help with technology devices. This also helps build relationships among generations and dispel negative stereotypes about aging. For more information, contact details for AF Saskatoon/SCOA are on their page on this website