Various studies over the past few years have highlighted the clear benefits that older people and children experience when they get together. And who didn’t love the ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ TV shows? Spending time with older people has been shown to boost children’s social and emotional skills and develop their empathy, while older people report improvements in their mood, mobility and overall health and wellbeing.
Intergenerational activities with children of all ages have been a regular feature in Care UK homes for a long time, and our homes continue to forge new links with community groups and schools to bring the benefits of intergenerational fun to more people.
Tiny tots are always doted upon by residents, and that was certainly the case at Mercia Grange when a group of new mums took along their babies for a baby massage session. Residents loved joining in with the session and getting to know the babies and their mums afterwards. Residents are looking forward to watching the babies grow and develop over the coming weeks.
Residents go back to school
In Leamington Spa, residents of Priors House got together with their young primary school friends from the Kingsley School for a summer teddy bears’ picnic followed by games, biscuit decorating and arts and crafts.
Residents of Mountbatten Grange in Windsor have thoroughly enjoyed weekly school-style classes with local children too.
There have been reading classes, where pupils read aloud to the residents, who then supported the youngsters to pronounce the difficult words and explain the meanings. In the discussion groups, pupils asked the residents questions about their life and stories from the past. And in the music class, one resident helped to teach a pupil how to play the piano. This lady usually only leaves her room in the home for music or art sessions, so the classes with the children have been a huge boost for her confidence and wellbeing.
Just before the children of Foley Park Primary Academy headed off on their summer holidays, they invited residents of Brook Court in Kidderminster along to their dance festival. Residents loved watching the talented children, who treated them to a range of moves, from street dance to Irish dancing and even a haka!
Residents also love to chat to teenagers and support them to develop their skills. At Britten Court residents enjoyed a recent relaxing pamper session, courtesy of beauty students from Lowestoft College.
And at Abney Court, residents have been working with the students at Cheadle Hulme High School for Photography & Art on a six-week creative course. Each resident who took part was paired up with a student, who they worked with to produce an artwork for an exhibition at the local Vernon Museum, entitled ‘Memory’. At the exhibition launch, each resident was delighted to catch up with their student partner again, who presented them with a framed picture of their artwork – another memory made.