December 30, 2017

British primary school bringng in elderly to work with kids

Guardian - A primary school in Essex is piloting a new project that brings elderly people suffering from isolation, depression and early dementia into the classroom to work with four- and five-year-old children, with the aim of mutually benefiting all.

Previous projects have involved children visiting care homes, but Downshall primary school in Ilford is thought to be the first to host a day centre for older people, who read books, sing songs and do puzzles with children.

The Downshall project, called Bringing Together, Learning Together, Growing Together, is inspired by research from Japan, where there has long been a focus on developing models of social integration between generations in response to the ageing population.


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