The Power of kids
November 6, 2018
I hope you have all seen the recent series on TV called ‘old people’s home for 4 year olds’. It gave us a fascinating insight into how kids can rejuvenate the elderly by giving them a new sense of purpose and improved stability and strength because of the games they play with the children. Personally, I would like to see more inter-generational contact amongst the elderly and young children and I would be more than happy to be involved in any such initiatives in the home care environment.
In the absence of a more formal structure I would encourage the families of those we look after to do whatever they can to encourage the younger members of the family to visit those under our care. Bring a game of Monopoly or some paint and paint brushes – anything that young and old can do together and watch them play together. We did the same last week when my elderly mother visited our kids. She had great fun making cheese straws for the Halloween party, helped Rose paint an autumn leaf and helped Joe with some of his reading homework. Unfortunately she lives 250 miles away so she can’t do this every week but the memories have rejuvenated her until the next visit.
I would to love hear from anyone who has similar heart-warming stories they would like to share or any ideas they have on how we can bring the young and old together in the homes of our clients.