COMMUNITY Vision has developed an intergenerational program to bring together young and old for mutually beneficial outcomes.
The not-for-profit community organisation’s Woodvale Day Centre has been inviting young children to visit and connect with the older generations.
The concept of the program is centred on the idea that old and young can bring new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each others’ lives.
It involves activities such as reading, singing, jigsaws, arts and crafts, and playing with bubbles, blocks, board games, musical instruments and iPads.
“We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly separated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact,” Community Vision chief operating officer Yvonne Timson said.
“Research has proven these interactions can have fantastic benefits for each generation, with children having a better sense of who they are and where they’ve come from and older participants showing an increase in positivity in their lives, as well as improvements in health.
“Activities like this can not only prolong their life but also keep them in their homes for longer without needing to seek out full time care in a facility.”
Community Vision has seen the most success with The Sunshine Group for those living with dementia, which visits the social centre three times a week.
“It’s clear to see the interaction is bringing joy to the group,” head of family day care services Helen Miles said.
“After a few weeks of intergenerational activities, everyone is extremely positive about the experiences and the friendships that are blossoming.”