When a Preschool Opens Inside a Nursing Home All Heaven Breaks Loose
A hospital chain has found a way of caring for both the young and the old by having them take care of each other – and in the process, built a bridge across generations.
The Intergenerational Learning Center consists of a preschool inside the Mount St. Vincent nursing home in Seattle, Washington. The 400 adults in the assisted-living center join the kids in daily activities from music and dancing to storytelling and just plain visiting.
The Center’s managers say the children learn from their elders and are nurtured by the adults while the invigorated seniors get a new sense of purpose and well-being from the playful tots.
Film maker Evan Briggs has a Kickstarter page to finish a documentary about the place. His film “Present Perfect” portrays what he calls the “very real experience of aging in America – both growing up, and growing old.”
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My daughter and I have often discussed the idea of combining homes for the elderly, homes for children, and pet rescue organizations. I think the combination could be beneficial for many.
LOVE! We warehouse the elderly AND children what a great idea to combine and share the love they both are in such need of! CM you are so right! Add in animals that are being warehoused too! If any one has any info on getting involved in projects such as this I would truly appreciate hearing about it [email protected]
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