There is a new trend which is combining elder care with child care. There is a pilot program in Australia called the Intergenerational Care Project. Here is the link: Intergenerational Care Project
I think it sounds like a great idea! Although, I am guessing it would have its pros and cons.
Would love to hear from my readers! What are your thoughts? Is it a good idea? Or too much work for the carers? What are the advantages/risks?
Video I have a lot of thoughts about this idea. I think it could work out well. I can only speak about my own experience. I observe that seniors with Alzheimer's really adore little kids. Many dementia patients enjoy dolls (it reminds them of their parenting days). Interacting with little ones in a day care would be nice for them. BUT, I do think that it could be difficult for the staff at the facility. I wonder if the behavior of Alzheimer's patients would be "better" as they "parent" the little kids in the facility. Perhaps Alzheimer's patients would be more cooperative regarding their own care. I am glad that Australia is trying to find solutions involving the care of Alzheimer's patients.
I do know that MY intergenerational programs are a BIG hit. We are expanding PUZZLE TIME to 17 states and 5 countries! The kids and seniors really enjoy the whole process. Pairing young people and seniors is a winning idea!
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