The goal of SIIP is to support local (Waterloo Region) community organizations to expand or create sustainable intergenerational partnership programs which address social isolation in older adults living with dementia and their care partners. SIIP’s objective is to work collaboratively with organizations and people living with dementia to reduce social isolation and promote inclusion. This community resource hub is not intended to replicate the work of other organizations, however, its intention is to be a resource hub to support people living with dementia and their care partners specifically through intergenerational partnerships and reduction of social isolation. For more information on dementia and other general resources, the Alzheimer Society national library is a great repository. The following sections below were identified as key areas of interest through the Isolation to Inclusion Challenge event which was held in February, 2022.
Community Hub Resources
Community hub. The SIIP website intends to function as a resource depository location that can be utilized by community-dwelling older adults living with dementia, care partners, community members, and the general public. The goal of this community hub is to help promote inclusion of people living with dementia by encouraging involvement in the community and providing an accessible location to share and promote resources.
Impact of Social Isolation Resources
Support the creation of an advocacy campaign on awareness and the impact of social isolation on people living with dementia and their care partners. Various communication modalities will be used to broaden awareness of the impact of social isolation on people living with dementia and care partners. Currently existing resources and toolkits are available below. Newly developed resources will be co-designed with an advisory group and people living with dementia, in order to effectively meet their needs.
Education and Training Resources
Promotion and development of courses for education and training. We will help contribute to creating dementia-friendly communities through easily accessible training opportunities that can be utilized by the general public as well as care partners. Educational resources and training courses/certificates that are currently available are listed below.
Intergenerational, Dementia, or Social Isolation Resources
Below are resources that provide information on dementia, the benefit of intergenerational partnerships, and general knowledge on social isolation and/or older adults.