Residents and team members from Kift Lodge, our independent living retirement house in Hanham, have all REALLY enjoyed weekly visits from nursery children from Mama Bears Day Nursery this term and as these photos show, the children have equally benefited from the sessions.
Said one nursery staff member, “The children always come into pre-school more excited than usual on a Monday, asking when they can see their friends from Kift Lodge. Each week, we take different activities that both the children, and residents, can paricipate in.”
She continues, “Over the last 3 months, we’ve noticed a huge boost in the childrens’ confidence and self esteem, which is fantastic. The benefits are really evident and I hope the residents feel the same. We’re looking forward to returning after the Christmas break”.
A Force of Good for Everyone
Many studies have proven that older people can be a force for good in the lives of younger people, and that intergenerational visits help improve childrens’ attitudes to older people. In addition, the children are more likely to be confident, try new things, develop better empathy, and benefit from improved language and communication skills.
For older people, intergenerational relationships can give them a better outlook to aging, an improved sense of well being and purpose, and the visits also give them the opportunity to pass on life skills, stories and experiences.
Smiles All Round
Said one resident, “The pre-school visits brighten up our day and give us something to look forward to. The children are wonderful and we learn so much from them, as I hope they do from us. We like to join in with the games and read stories with them. It’s lovely to see them become more confident with us”.
“Some of us don’t get to see our grand children very often so having the pre-school children visit us is wonderful and makes us act young again!”.