OLD AGE IS CHILD’S PLAY
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.