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Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships

Topics: Culture Change, Dementia

Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) works with organizations across Waterloo Region to provide intergenerational opportunities for older adults living with dementia, care partners, and youth to connect in meaningful ways while reducing social isolation. 

The program provides intergenerational opportunities for older adults living with dementia, their care partners, and youth to connect in meaningful ways while reducing social isolation. It also promotes experiential learning opportunities for youth that go beyond the classroom, contribute to career development, and empower them to be leaders in the community.

The SIIP project has funded the following community-led initiatives to create new intergenerational projects:

African Family Revival Organization (AFRO): Support through the Generations

Support through the Generations is a program that supports Black/African Origin/Newcomer older adults with dementia and care partners to build meaningful relationships with our community's youth. To learn more about the Support through the Generations program, watch this video.

Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Region: Sharing our Voices

Sharing our Voices is an intergenerational art collaboration for people living with dementia and youth. It is offered by the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington in partnership with the Waterloo Public Library and YMCA of Three Rivers. To learn more about the Sharing our Voices program, watch this video.

Conestoga College: Taking Interest in People

Taking Interest in People is an online, virtual group activity program for youth, faculty, people living with dementia, and care partners. Visit the Taking Interest in People website to learn more.

LIVING the Dementia Journey for Young Adults

Living the Dementia Journey for Young Adults is a free, evidence-informed, three-hour, online course, specifically designed with input from young adults and people living with dementia. Visit the LIVING the Dementia journey page to learn more.

Parkwood Seniors Community: The Virtual Village

The Virtual Village promotes intergenerational learning and social connection through a virtual community. To learn more about the Virtual Village, watch this video.

Waterloo Public Library: Technology Lending Library

The Technology Lending Library supports the technology needs of older adults and addresses barriers created by virtual programming. SIIP partnered with Waterloo Public Library to meet an immediate need for a device and hotspot lending library for participants to connect to virtual programs.


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SIIP is a five year project (2019-2024) hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). The RIA serves as the backbone organization, providing support and guidance in the following areas: project management, communication support, and development and implementation of a community-led collective impact plan and evaluation plan.

Program Team

  • Christine Pellegrino, Director, Dementia Programs
  • Dana Zummach, Project Manager

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

The are no "Related Projects" associated with this Program.

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