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