KIDS IN STEP WITH EL­DERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - CHRISTMAS -

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.

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