The federal government has announced $3 million to support a new project led by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program will create intergenerational partnerships for seniors living with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers across Waterloo Region.
Friday's announcement was made by Seniors Minister Deb Schulte.
She said the program will increase seniors' social inclusion and well-being, as well as make a meaningful impact in the community.
"The project will establish meaningful roles for older adults in their community by providing more connections with young people, identifying possible community programs that seniors with mild to moderate dementia can take part in and educating students to increase their knowledge and awareness of dementia." said a release.
It's estimated over 10,000 people over the age of 65 in the region are living with dementia, with that number expected to increase by 34 per cent this year.