LET’S TAP INTO BEN­E­FITS OF AGE GAP

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WHEN Lil­ian, 81, a for­mer pro­fes­sional first dancer, put on her tap shoes for the I bet time in years and took to the stage, every viewer gave an almighty cheer. to C4’s This was Mon­day’s bril­liant fi­nale Old Peo­ple’s Home For 4 Year Olds, the end of a three-month ex­per­i­ment that mixed preschool kids with the el­derly. The ben­e­fits were in­cred­i­ble. Med­i­cal tests on “ec­static” Sylvia, 102, showed she had im­proved brain­power while nine out of ten vol­un­teers had stronger grips. Ex­perts said th­ese were “mind-blow­ing im­prove­ments”. This made me won­der: a) How can this be rolled out na­tion­wide? and b) Does my 94-year-old grandpa fancy babysit­ting my kids? Funny, he’s not taking my calls...

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