The Saskatoon Community Clinic is starting up our group programming again this Fall. Please see our program descriptions and how to sign up below.

Happy Gang and Silver Threads Group

Target group 65+

Happy Gang Silver threads groups has been operating at the community clinic for decades. It is a diverse program organized around general themes of health and wellness, building social connections, entertainment, games and fun activities and guest speakers on health, historical and community topics. A light snack as well as refreshments are served during programming. All COVID safety protocol will be followed in regards to prepping and serving food and refreshments. In addition, social distancing will be followed within the group meeting space and masking when not eating.

If would like to participate, or have any additional questions, please contact Elaine Weisgerber, Seniors Counsellor at 306-664-4232.

When: Every other Wednesday afternoon beginning on Wednesday September 21st

Time: 2pm – 4 pm

Where: Mel Langer Building, 424 1st Ave. N.  Best access – back door facing the alley, blue ramp, blue door.
*Note – potential location change to allow for more space/increase in participants. Will be announced if a change is confirmed.

Participants are asked to contribute $3 towards the light lunch

If transportation is needed, seniors programming staff will arrange a taxi to transport participant to and from the Community Clinic.  Participants are asked to contribute $7 towards the cost of transportation. If cost is a barrier – please speak with seniors counsellor Elaine Weisgerber.

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Women and Words Talking Group

Target group 55+

Our Counselling and Community Services department is starting a talking group for women 55 years and older. It’s a safe, confidential space to share and have your experiences and feelings validated by others. Conflict is a normal part of all relationships and can be a healthy way for people to express their emotions or identify an issue. However, it is not always healthy conflict.  A relationship with unhealthy conflict can involve non-physical behaviours that belittle the other person and can include insults, put downs, verbal threats or other tactics that make the other person feel threatened, inferior, ashamed or degraded. Often, in our long-term relationships, these feelings are not acknowledged It provides an avenue to heard and understood as well as the opportunity to learn ways to cope.  To be eligible for participating in the group you do not have to be in an active relationship you can be no longer in the relationship and still benefit from connecting with others and being validated.

If you are 55+ and would like to participate, or have any additional questions please contact Elaine Weisgerber, Seniors Counsellor at 306-664-4232.

When: Approx. every 4 weeks, on Mondays.
Fall 2022 dates:  September 26th, October 3rd and 31st, November 31st & December 19th

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Where: Mel Langer Building, 424 1st Ave. N.  best access – back door facing the alley, blue ramp, blue door.

If transportation is a barrier – please speak with Seniors Counsellor Elaine Weisgerber for assistance.

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Alzheimer’s, Dementia or any age related progressive cognitive impairment information support group

This group is for any family member, caregiver of an individual who has, or if you ARE an individual who has been diagnosed with an age related progressive cognitive impairment. Living with and supporting individuals with any of these diagnoses is overwhelming and stressful.  There are limited resources in the community that provide tangible practical resources and strategies to cope with and manage daily living as well as promote highest level of quality of life.  This group will provide useful and practical information; to help to develop a better understanding of the changes that are happening. We will also be addressing the social and emotional, as well as every day challenges.  The sessions will be a combination of useful health information, daily strategies and routines to help cope, as well as peer support.

When:  Once a month beginning in September on Tuesdays
Fall 2022 dates: September 13th, October 18th, November 8th & December 13th.

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Where: Mel Langer Building, 424 1st Ave. N.  Best access – back door facing the alley, blue ramp, blue door.

If would like to participate, or have any additional questions, please contact Elaine Weisgerber, Seniors Counsellor at 306-664-4232.

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Anxiety and Depression Group

This group is facilitated by the Counselling Departments Seniors Counsellor and Counselling Student or Primary Care Counsellor. It is a four session series offered in the evenings; interactive, informal, education group for patients of Community Clinic doctors. Qualified, registered mental health facilitator presents information practical, easy to understand about anxiety and depression.  The goal of this psychoeducational group is to increase insight and awareness on ones own state of regulation and dysregulation, identify  regulation strategies. The focus will be on gaining a better understanding of the human stress response system.

Patient participants are required to register for this group, as seating is limited. Referrals can be made to the Department Head or Receptionist of the Counselling Department by; the individual themselves, family, friends, physician or other staff.  Please contact facilitator Elaine Weisgerber, Seniors Counsellor at 306-664-4232.  Facilitator will contact the patient/member to follow up and invite them to attend, if the referral came from healthcare professional or family member.

When: Thursday evenings

1st series: Thursday September 22nd through to and including Thursday October 13th, 2022.

2nd series: Thursday November 17th through to and including Thursday December 8th, 2022.

Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Where: Mel Langer Building, 424 1st Ave. N.  Best access – back door facing the alley, blue ramp, blue door.

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Kohkum’s Group

Strengthening the Circle is dedicated to improving the health and lives of Aboriginal seniors by providing health education and social support. The group meets regularly. Staff can also assist with other health needs including serving as a liaison with community services.  The Kohkums Group brochure describes this Group in greater detail.

As well, there is a wide range of topics related to seniors that are addressed in websites and publications at the federal, provincial and local levels.  To learn more, go to the Seniors page of this website.