Intergenerational Activities Down Under

March 12, 2012
Chris Perna, The Eden Alternative Blog

For 20 years The Eden Alternative has shown that quality of life for elders and children can be significantly enhanced through intergenerational activities. This is part of creating a “Human Habitat,” which is key to the Eden Alternative philosophy. Nursing homes around the world are now seeing the value of bringing children into the lives of elders as in the case of this New Zealand home featured in Aged Care Insight:

“Our commitment to person-centred care and the Eden Philosophy led to starting an Outside School Hours Care program within the facility. The benefits to the children and the residents were very clearly seen, but due to the school-aged care growing, we could no longer work from the activities room at the facility.

Children can be such an important part of creating a life worth living for elders. We hope to see more of this as the evidence is clear that it is a good thing for young and old.

Read the full story… It’s on for young and old

What about you? Please share your experience creating “Human Habitats” through intergenerational activities.


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fiona mccracken
March 22, 2012 2:03 pm

We are a home for 39 residents with varying levels of dementia. to try and increase our intergenerational links, we have set up a local school and resident craft group that meets at our home once a week to do art and crafts.
each week the children walk down from their school to our home, and go straight into the lounge where the resdients are always waiting for them…what a difference a few children around the place makes. there is always a “buzz” in the room..
we are hoping to increase our links with other schools in the area with a senior school providing IT help for our resdients.
whatever we do in our home, nothing is ever as successful and so much fun for the residents as when we have children visit..xx


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