Willagee: age no barrier to friendship for aged care residents and playgroup kids


Pictured is Phyllis Minuta with William Pham. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d474037
Pictured is Phyllis Minuta with William Pham. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d474037

AGE is proving no barrier for the unlikely friendships blooming at Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care home in Willagee, thanks to a new partnership with a local playgroup.

Residents at the not-for-profit home have been striking up friendships with youngsters from a local kindergarten as part of an intergenerational partnership, which aims to encourage companionship and connections between young and old.

Braemar chief executive Wayne Belcher said the benefits of the partnership extended both ways, with the children and residents enjoying their time together and forming strong bonds.

“We’re delighted by how well our intergenerational partnership has been received by both the residents and children alike,” he said.

“Older people love having children around; it enables them to tell stories about their own childhoods and to share their hobbies, talents, and life lessons.

“We really notice a transformation in the residents when the children are around, particularly our more withdrawn seniors, who quickly interact with the youngsters and clearly enjoy their company; the partnership is proving a great success all round.”