Friends of all ages

Melville Times - - OPINION -

AGE is no bar­rier for the friend­ships bloom­ing at Cooinda aged care home in Wil­lagee, thanks to a new part­ner­ship with a lo­cal play­group.

Res­i­dents at the not-for­profit Brae­mar Pres­by­te­rian Care home have been striking up friend­ships with young­sters from a lo­cal kin­der­garten as part of an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional part­ner­ship which aims to en­cour­age com­pan­ion­ship and con­nec­tions be­tween young and old.

Brae­mar chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Belcher said the ben­e­fits of the part­ner­ship ex­tended both ways, with the chil­dren and res­i­dents en­joy­ing their time to­gether and form­ing strong bonds.

“We’re de­lighted by how well our in­ter­gen­er­a­tional part­ner­ship has been re­ceived by both the res­i­dents and chil­dren alike,” he said.

“Older peo­ple love hav­ing chil­dren around; it en­ables them to tell sto­ries about their own child­hoods and to share their hob­bies, tal­ents and life les­sons.

“We re­ally no­tice a trans­for­ma­tion in the res­i­dents when the chil­dren are around, par­tic­u­larly our more with­drawn se­niors, who quickly in­ter­act with the young­sters and clearly en­joy their com­pany; the part­ner­ship is prov­ing a great suc­cess all round.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d474037

Phyl­lis Min­uta and Wil­liam Pham (2) get on like a house on fire.

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