ONE FOR YOUNG AND OLD

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

IT’S a plea­sure to re­join this re­mark­able so­cial ex­per­i­ment and the beau­ti­ful souls, old and young, who are bond­ing through it. For those who missed last week’s pre­miere, 11 four-year-olds have joined the same num­ber of se­nior cit­i­zens at a Syd­ney re­tire­ment vil­lage in com­bined classes de­signed to test their re­spec­tive skills as well as pro­vide them with rare com­pan­ion­ship and con­nec­tion. Tonight, the class is set a mem­ory chal­lenge and it re­minds a few of the older res­i­dents of all they feel they are los­ing. It’s des­per­ately sad to watch the fear and con­fu­sion that seems to con­trol them, while the four-year-olds have their own ap­pre­hen­sions to deal with; forced to come out of their shell and work with a grown-up to prob­lem solve. The kids and their older class­mates are paired up and sent out to test their mem­ory in a maze and the re­sults are heart­warm­ing. I’ve got a par­tic­u­lar soft spot for lit­tle Ty­rone (pic­tured with 86-year-old Shirley), a shy boy who is so gen­tle with the older res­i­dents, I just want to reach through the TV screen and hug him and his par­ents for rais­ing such a gor­geous child. There are two more episodes to go in this fan­tas­tic se­ries, which hope­fully will be­come a model for real in­ter­gen­er­a­tional pro­grams across other re­tire­ment vil­lages and nurs­ing home fa­cil­i­ties.

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