Forrestfield: program generates fun for young and old


Jeremiah Donovan House resident Natalie and Telia Trewarn with Cyrus (1) and Elijah (3).        d469153
Jeremiah Donovan House resident Natalie and Telia Trewarn with Cyrus (1) and Elijah (3).        d469153

An intergenerational playgroup at Jeremiah Donovan House in Forrestfield is generating positive connections between young and old.

Southern Cross general manager of service delivery Carole Baine said the intergenerational therapy sessions had many benefits for residents.

“Our team of occupational therapists have developed a broad program of activities to encourage residents to get actively involved with interacting with the kids,” she said.

“The sessions are a lovely way for residents to retain a connection to younger members of the community while enhancing their health and wellbeing.”

Firs Wattle Grove Playgroup organiser Telia Trewarn said the playgroup would pair up with residents from Jeremiah Donovan House on a monthly basis for the intergenerational therapy sessions.

“Our first session had a fantastic turn-out with more residents then expected attending,” she said.

“It is a wonderful to bring the children in to mingle with the residents to bring joy and spirit back into their lives.”

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