Seniors and children reap rewards from regular visits

 Margaret Meacham loves the energy the kids bring to the group.
Margaret Meacham loves the energy the kids bring to the group.

INGENIA Gardens Seascape residents have been feeling the benefits of monthly visits from children.

Children from Goodstart Early Learning in Halls Head have been visiting the independent seniors rental retirement community every month since February.

The program encourages residents to participate in active play and promotes grandparent-grandchild relationships they may not have otherwise had access to.

Ingenia Gardens Seascape Community Manager Sonia Magee said the monthly playgroup visits were a highlight for many residents in the community.

“Many of the residents at Ingenia Gardens Seascape are geographically isolated from their own grandchildren and miss out on that special connection,” she said.

“The children help bring a sense of play and energy into the community – this helps encourage our residents to be active and socialise – not just with the children but also each other.”

Dora Goddard gives her friend a ride.

Each playgroup sees around 20 children and 10 residents come together for morning tea, followed by a range of activities including arts and craft, Lego, mini-golf as well as visits with residents’ pets.

Ingenia Gardens resident Margaret Meacham is a regular at the playgroup visits and enjoys getting to spend time with the children.

“The children are full of life, we love having fun with them,” Ms Meacham said.

“The playgroup gives me the chance to spend time with the little ones and helps bring the happiness and joy – that only children can bring – into the community.”

The playgroup program at Ingenia Gardens Seascape is one of many initiatives, alongside Ingenia Gardens’ free lifestyle program Activate which encourages residents to connect and prevent social isolation.