Profile: Intergenerational Partnerships
Partnerships with schools and youth-based organizations ensure that youth are educated about dementia and equipped with knowledge and understanding at a young age. This helps to promote empathy and reduce stigma in younger generations.
Partnership highlights include:
- Incorporating dementia education throughout their curriculum from grades K-12
- Creating a ‘Dementia Friendly Schools’ checklist for other schools to use
- Visiting and volunteering with seniors living at Wentworth Manor, forming intergenerational relationships, increasing social engagement and further reducing stigma associated with dementia
Rundle College has demonstrated leadership in creating intergenerational partnerships with The Brenda Strafford Foundation’s Wentworth Manor in the Calgary Westhills pilot community. Some highlights of intergenerational activities between Rundle College and Wentworth Manor include a ‘Seniors Tea’ at Rundle College, where students host senior residents for an afternoon of refreshments, conversation and entertainment. Rundle College students also partner with the Wentworth Manor Therapeutic Recreation department to facilitate the renowned ‘Opening Minds Through Arts’ art therapy program, designed to promote meaningful interactions between senior participants and student facilitators, as well as provide an outlet for creative expression for those with dementia.