Bringing joy to young and old, and quickly catching on around Australia is an innovative new approach to unite the newest and oldest generations.
Known as ‘intergenerational playgroups’ – they are essentially traditional playgroups that are being held within aged care facilities in order to bring together the very young and the elderly to encourage friendship, help prevent feelings of isolation and simply bring a smile to the faces of both aged care residents and children.
PROVIDING A SAFE AND POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE
These get togethers offer older adults in residential care a form of community interaction and engagement, and at the same time help ease the ever-present demand for playgroup venues. This also offers families of young children, where parents, grandparents and great-grandparents may have passed or who do not live locally, with the opportunity to engage and interact with older people and provide a safe and fun environment for positive shared experiences.
PROVIDING IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
Research suggests that intergenerational playgroups improve outcomes and quality of life for older people, particularly those experiencing isolation and loneliness, dementia and a general feeling of disengagement from the community. The results speak for themselves with an increase in feelings of dignity, higher levels of self-esteem and a sense of community participation.
DELIBERATE PLACEMENT FOR INFINITE CARE’S PLANNED QUEENSLAND FACILITIES
With such far reaching benefits to the wider community, our Toowoomba and Cornubia facilities, due for 2018 completion, have been deliberately planned in locations close to child care centres in order to encourage these types of inter-generational activities.