Dementia Lifestyle Intervention for Getting Healthy Together (DELIGHT)

About the DELIGHT project:

The Dementia Lifestyle Intervention for Getting Healthy Together (DELIGHT) program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and aims to promote the health and well-being of people living with dementia and care partners through exercise, healthy eating, and sharing strategies to help navigate and live well with dementia. 

DELIGHT was developed in collaboration with people living with dementia, care partners, health care providers, community service providers, and researchers. 

The University of Waterloo and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) are working together to implement and evaluate the DELIGHT program in diverse communities across Canada. 

The DELIGHT program:

The program meets 2 x per week for 8 weeks. Each session includes:

  • 1-hour of exercise 
  • 30-minutes of shared learning focused on physical activity, healthy eating, social engagement and support, mental well-being, or sleep. 

The program can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Learn more about DELIGHT by visiting this website

Participate in the DELIGHT project:

If you are interested in participating in the DELIGHT program, learn more about the various program options at the YMCA Website:

If you are a community organization interested in delivering DELIGHT, please contact: Kassie Harker, Project Manager, at

The DELIGHT program will be implemented in diverse communities. This includes working with communities to adapt the program for people living in rural and remote communities, and for Cantonese and Mandarin speaking communities.

If you are interested in joining a DELIGHT advisory team, please visit the RIA website.

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