Community Need in Waterloo Region
Within Waterloo Region, more than 10,000 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia. Most people with mild or moderate dementia live in the community, including many older persons with undetected dementia.
The challenges that dementia brings can make it harder for people to establish or maintain personal relationships. They may lose connections with friends, family members and the wider community. Socially isolated older adults are less able to participate in and contribute to their communities. This results in a significant loss to organizations, communities and society at large.
People with dementia are often seen as incapable. We underestimate their abilities due to our stigmatized view of their condition. This view results in systems and services that promote passivity and dependence. Our objective with SIIP is to foster intergenerational partnerships that promote purpose, growth and resilience for older adults, while creating new experiential learning opportunities for youth.
Who We Are
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a non-profit, charitable foundation tackling some of the biggest issues facing an aging population. By advancing research and driving innovation, the RIA pushes the envelope to discover and share solutions that make a difference to older adults everywhere.
Serving as the SIIP backbone organization, the RIA will bring together individuals and groups across Waterloo Region to identify needs and opportunities within the community and work together to create solutions.
SIIP is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.