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Friendships between generations a heartwarming scene


It’s a heartwarming scene.

For the past five weeks, Anglican Care residents have been busy swapping stories, singing songs and completing activities with local preschoolers.

An intergenerational program has brought together participants from Scenic Lodge Merewether and Montessori Academy for a morning of play and learning at Marketown Shopping Centre.

Residents who attend the weekly session are aged between 84 and 95.

Anglican Care lifestyle, wellbeing and diversity manager Jane Meldrum said the initiative was the highlight of their week.

“The social, emotional and physical benefits of spending time together are so special and valued and cannot be understated,” she explained.

“The program creates opportunities for engagement with mutually beneficial outcomes.

“It has been shown to improve health outcomes for older adults and young children, including improvements in physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, and communication skills.”

Marketown marketing manager Penny Price said the shopping centre was proud to be a part of the concept.

“You can definitely see the benefits of both generations coming together each week,” she added.

“There have been days when a couple of the older residents have been feeling a bit flat when they arrive, but the minute the children join in their mood improves significantly.”

The intergenerational program was a five-week trial.

However, many of the Scenic Lodge residents have expressed interest in it becoming a regular occurrence.

Ironically, the last session of the initiative falls in Global Intergenerational Week (24-30 April).

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