Here at Bridgewater Day Care, we look forward to our weekly visits from the children at Little Angels Nursery. We absolutely love watching their interaction and the joy it brings. But what are the benefits to both young and old?
The concept of intergenerational care may seem like a new phenomenon, but it actually began in Japan back in 1976. Yet, even before this, it was (and in many cultures still is) commonplace for multiple generations of one family to live under one roof and share caring responsibilities between family members.
Today, we have become accustomed to generations being much more segregated with family members often living miles – sometimes oceans – apart from each other. This can mean whole generations of children are growing up with minimal contact with grandparents and an increase in the number of older people living alone.
Yet the benefits of having these two generations interact, who on the surface may appear to have little in common, are many.
Benefits for the Older Generation
Having the undivided attention of a young curious child, full of questions, excitement and wonder is uplifting for many of our clients. It alleviates their loneliness and increases their own sense of self-esteem that they have valuable things they can teach, and interesting stories to share.
At Bridgewater Day Care, we pride ourselves on bringing joy into the lives of our clients and making them smile every day. There is nothing more guaranteed to do this than a gregarious little three-year-old giving you a heartfelt hug.
Have you ever tried to keep up with a four-year-old? Well, many of our clients certainly gave it a try when our visitors from Little Angels attempted to teach us all the dance moves to the ‘Baby Shark’ song. Definitely more fun than the average exercise session!
Benefits for the Younger Generation
A Patient Listening Ear
Our older generation are one of the best groups to spend time with young children. They have years of wisdom to pass on and are at a point in their lives where they have the availability and patience to do so, providing exactly the kind of stimulation that young children thrive on. Children who regularly interact with older people see improvements to their language development, and literacy and social skills.
Spending time with older adults gives young children an insight into the aging process and can help to dispel many of the myths and prejudices they many hold towards the older generation. Whereas the proportion of the population over 65 is growing exponentially every year, it is the younger generation who will determine what our future society looks like.
We love our intergenerational sessions here at Bridgewater Day Care and find them mutually beneficial to all. Find out for yourself by booking a free taster visit. Our FREE taster sessions are available at a day that suits you either in the AM or the PM for a period of 2 hours. To take advantage of this free service please give us a call and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements and answer any queries you may have.
For more information please contact us on 01942 723 115 or email email@example.com