SIIP supports community stakeholders in Waterloo Region to collaborate on programs that bring generations together to reduce social isolation among older adults living with dementia, and their care partners. Enabling older adults and secondary and post-secondary aged youth to interact in meaningful ways — sharing skills, expertise and experiences — not only benefits older adults, but also creates experiential learning opportunities for youth that contribute to career development and empower them to be leaders and innovators in the community.
What Are Intergenerational Programs?
Intergenerational programs are “social vehicles that foster engagement between younger and older generations by offering opportunities to interact in mutually beneficial, planned activities in which there is a sharing of knowledge, skills, and experience. Their aim is to increase contact and understanding, to build meaningful relationships, to foster emotional and social growth, and to achieve various educational or community goals” (Cohen-Mansfield, 2015).
Positive outcomes for communities include greater integration and social cohesion. Benefits for youth include positive changes in perceptions and attitudes about aging, prosocial behaviours, more self-confidence and self-efficacy, reduced anxiety, and higher academic scores. Older adults can achieve greater life satisfaction, enhanced emotional well-being, decreased depression, increased self-confidence and efficacy, and increased social interaction, among other benefits.
A few intergenerational programs already exist within Waterloo Region. SIIP will create opportunities to learn more about these programs, as well as initiatives from elsewhere in Canada and internationally, and to spread successful models across communities within Waterloo Region and beyond.
|Creating Caring Communities: A Guide to Establishing Intergenerational Programs for Schools, Care Facilities and Community Groups|
Published by the BC Care Providers Association, this resource contains practical information and resources to support educators, care providers and community agencies in coordinating successful intergenerational (IG) programs that promote learning, understanding, and mutual respect between generations.
The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
|Generations Working Together|
Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.
|Good Practices in Intergenerational Programming: Models Advancing Policy, Practice and Research|
Published by New York City Department for the Aging, this publication offers specific criteria for good practices and features 16 "real world" model programs that exemplify those criteria. The 16 initiatives are multi-dimensional vehicles for delivering needed services, confronting and dispelling age-related stereotypes, forging mutually enriching relationships between young and old, and fostering age-friendly communities.
|i2i Intergenerational Society|
The i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada, based out of British Columbia, was created in 2008 to assist Canadians in the building of bridges between generations. Now i2i is a repository for information, resources, sharing, research and celebration in the field of intergenerational relations.
|Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit|
The Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit represents over 15 years of collaborative research by Dr. Shannon Jarrott of The Ohio State University. The toolkit offers three resources designed to meet the needs of program providers and researchers committed to demonstrating the impact of intergenerational programming and understanding the practices by which outcomes are achieved. Their use can help advocates improve, expand, and sustain intergenerational opportunities in every community.
|Intergenerational Programming Toolkit — Age Friendly Edmonton|
The City of Edmonton is committed to building an inclusive city for all ages. This toolkit, and accompanying resource guide, was designed to assist organizations in the planning and implementation of intergenerational programs.
|Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships|
TIGP promotes intergenerational harmony and lifelong learning. TIGP designs and delivers intergenerational support programs, in partnership with the community, which encourage participation of individuals of all ages, backgrounds and experiences.