Maintaining Community Connections in Aged Care

Channel 7's Sunrise program reported about a nursing home in the U.S. that has built a pre-school on their grounds. The daily interaction between preschoolers and retirees has proved beneficial to both. Children learn to accept people who are ageing and residents get a 'renewed sense of self-worth' as they experience the joy of regular interaction with children.

One aged care facility in Geelong runs a 'Community Connectedness' program where students from a local secondary school visit weekly, running the footy tipping competition, and just chatting with residents. Students learn about the lives of residents and what it was like to grow up in different times.

These are great examples of people of all ages valuing and respecting each other.