OLD AGE IS CHILD’S PLAY

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THIS had been on my radar since last year, and I’m so glad that it’s just as heart­warm­ingly fab­u­lous as I en­vis­aged. It’s the half­way point of the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional ex­per­i­ment and this week, as­sisted by the children, the adults will con­front one of the most preva­lent and dev­as­tat­ing as­pects of old age – low mood and de­pres­sion. When the ex­per­i­ment started, they were tested and more than a third of the par­tic­i­pants in­di­cated de­pres­sion. It actually hurts my heart to see them con­fess their lone­li­ness. But Move and Groove, a silent disco that har­nesses the joy of mu­sic and dance, swiftly lifts the mood. For­mer choir singer Mau­reen has spent her life per­form­ing mu­sic, un­til it was “swept away from her” by illness. Now, she’s sing­ing and danc­ing, beam­ing with joy. “I have great hope in getting back to my nor­mal self … this is what I need ev­ery day, so it’s up and on­wards from here,” she says. It’s just de­light­ful watch­ing old and young get their groove on any which way – whether it be sit­ting, stand­ing, or lean­ing on their walk­ers. Af­ter spend­ing an afternoon cook­ing up a storm for a morn­ing tea, it’s time to welcome some spe­cial guests – the children’s par­ents. And the sur­prise is that the ex­per­i­ment is ben­e­fit­ing the children. Shirley beams when Ty­rone’s mum tells her that she’s his favourite (she’s one of my favourites too). Hon­estly, if you haven’t tuned in yet, catch up on iView. It’s just the most beau­ti­ful show.

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