Making a positive and widespread impact by making people’s senior years more socially connected, intellectually stimulating, emotionally fulfilling, and spiritually transcendent.

The Institute for Integrative Aging (IIA) recognizes the multi-dimensional aspects of aging (physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual), considering the societal factors that impact aging (socio-economic, urban vs. rural issues, cultural identity). In addition, IIA recognizes the need for workforce development to help address the needs of a growing older adult population.

The Institute for Integrative Aging at Saint Joseph’s College is an intergenerational, experiential learning environment where our students will be prepared to support an aging population, innovate to develop solutions to the challenges of aging, and obtain the skillset and knowledge to develop the longevity economy.

Fitness, Wellness, & Social Enrichment

Watch this video produced by communications student Emma Auclair ’22. Emma collaborated with her CO219 Media Production class to produced this video about the SilverSneakers fitness program.

SilverSneakers fitness class participants work with handweights


A health and fitness program designed for older adults in partnership with Tivity Health.

seniors swimming in the Alfond Center pool

Other Things to Do

The SJC Community extends beyond your SilverSneakers Fitness Class.

Upcoming Events

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Generations Ukulele Club

January 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What’s Going On

students at a ukulele classTake A Ukulele Class

Experience the joy of music, learn a new skill, be social, and have fun! Learning to play the ukulele is a cumulative process. Sign up for a six-week ukulele class: Beginners and Beyond Basics. Next class starting in January.

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Group photo at Connectivity Summit on Rural AgingSJC receives the 2019 Community ConnecTivity Award

Tivity Health® recognized Saint Joseph’s College of Maine at the 2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging for extensive work to promote healthier aging and social connectivity for older adults. Saint Joseph’s College is one of 19 organizations nationwide recognized for community-based programs that successfully promote healthier aging and social connectivity.


Aging Well in Rural America- by Tivity Health2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging

Aging Well in Rural America: A Collection of Stories from the Heartland.

Presented by Tivity Health and Health eVillages


silver sneakers group photo at first potluck dinnerPotluck Dinner

The Buxton News covers the Institute’s first potluck dinner for the Silver Sneakers community members. The harvest-themed gathering was held in Xavier Hall on November 1.


older adults board a chartered bus from Saint Joseph's campus and traveled to the Ogunquit PlayhouseThe Institute for Integrative Aging (IIA) creating events enhancing social connectivity and building community

On August 22, 29 older adults  from the Lakes Region boarded a chartered bus from Saint Joseph’s campus and traveled approximately 50 miles to the Ogunquit Playhouse to enjoy a beautiful luncheon followed by  a performance of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

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