Old and Young Perfect Friends
A study by UNSW, Sydney has shown that intergenerational activity that brings older adults and young children together in a structured series of investigative, artistic and educational activities is good for both young and old. It will reduce frailty and improve mood and thinking skills in older adults, and also improve empathy and language development and reduce age stereotypes in the younger participants. The researchers pointed out that a survey among 258 parents, teachers and older adults showed that they perceived children and older adults as perfect companions. A trial intergenerational programme will be run for 10 weeks and led by Ruth Peters, Associate Professor at Neuroscience Research, Australia.