Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships

What is SIIP?
Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) is a community initiative that brings generations together to promote social inclusion for older adults living with dementia, and their care partners, in Waterloo Region, Ontario. SIIP will enable older adults and secondary and post-secondary aged youth to interact in meaningful ways — sharing skills, expertise and experiences. This not only benefits older adults, but also creates experiential learning opportunities for youth. Participating in SIIP can contribute to career development and empower youth to be leaders and innovators in the community. Find out more about SIIP »
Map of Waterloo Region
Map of Waterloo Region, courtesy of Waterloo EDC

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.

Find out more about the SIIP Team and our Community Advisory Group.

Stay in Touch!

Sign up to be notified about SIIP news and events, including our Community Think Tank and Call for Proposals to fund intergenerational partnership projects.

SIIP is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.