KIDS IN STEP WITH ELDERS
DANCING, singing, fun and laughter will be in abundance at Mercy Place Lathlain when a dozen youngsters from a local dance school will entertain seniors during a specially choreographed performance.
The five to 10-year-olds from the Victoria Park-based Kiddy Groove dance studio will entertain the elderly residents with songs, dance routines and a number of jazz performances on December 15.
Mercy Health state manager Vicki Fitzgerald, said intergenerational experiences were fun for old and young alike, in addition to helping dispel negative stereotypes of ageing and having a positive effect on both children and seniors
“Interacting with seniors enables children to develop positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and a strong community focus,” she said.
“On top of that, there is a very special bond that exists between children and seniors of their grandparents’ generation, and that really shone through during the festive performance.”
Kiddy Grove owner Charmaine Hauptle, said the children had been rehearsing for weeks and were excited to be performing in front of residents at Mercy Place Lathlain just prior to Christmas.
“All of the children have loved practising their routines and are really looking forward to it,” she said.