Bishop's Stortford care home residents get a visit from members of baby and toddler group
Elderly residents at a Bishop's Stortford care home have been reaching out across the generations in a bid to break down barriers between young and old.
The OAPs at BUPA-run Premier Court have been enjoying visits from the tiny tots who attend the Little Worship baby and toddler group, based at nearby St James Church in Thorley.
Premier Court's activities co-ordinator Jane Holly, who helped arrange the intergenerational sessions, said she is already seeing the many benefits of bringing the two age groups together.
"Instead of having some of their sessions at the church, the children come along to Premier Court," she explained. "It's wonderful to see the residents' eyes light up as the children arrive and how happy it makes everyone, both young and old, to sing, play and do craft activities together."
"Research has shown that playing with another person releases bonding chemicals, which produce states of love, trust and wellbeing in the brain," she continued. "Why should you stop playing just because you get older?"
Recent surveys have indicated that almost 75% of older people in the UK feel lonely, and it is hoped that giving the youngsters and old folk opportunities to interact and enjoy each other's company with regular visits can help reduce that statistic.
Premier Court general manager Gary Lochowitz said: "The activity sessions bring such great joy to both the residents and the children. It's great to see the generations come together like this and it's had such a positive impact on everyone involved. Great friendships have been formed and they each look forward to the next time they see one another."