The UP! Intergenerational Project:

Older woman and young girl smiling, sitting at tea table with cakes

Exploring the Benefits of Intergenerational Interactions in Care Home Residents, Care Home Staff and School Children

The UP! project is an intergenerational programme which aims to make the Pixar animation a reality, providing a platform for older adults and children to make meaningful connections with each other.

Based in mid Essex, this project aims to tackle social and generational isolation in care home residents and promote childrens’ engagement with older people. For one afternoon each week school children are brought together with older adults with dementia living in a local care home. The Positive Ageing Research Institute is collaborating with the school and care home to capture these interactions and explore the benefits to all involved. We aim to explore how schools and care homes might incorporate intergenerational activities to create opportunities for children’s development and the promotion of inclusive, dementia friendly communities.

Watch this video to find out more about the project in Maldon:


Project Collaborators:
All Saint’s Primary School
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
Longfield Care Home

The UP! Project is funded by crowdfunding and contributions from Essex County Council and the Essex Community Foundation. 
The research is funded by the Research Innovation and Development Office (RIDO), Anglia Ruskin University.

News & Updates
A presentation on the project will feature in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 22 October 2019

BBC Essex radio feature on Maldon Up! ,19 June 2019
ITV News: Children help dementia patients in care home as part of new isolation study, 20 September 2018


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