This Preschool Inside A Nursing Home Pairs Young And Old Beautifully (Photos)
When you think of a nursing home, the last thing you normally think of is preschoolers.
As a matter of fact, you think of the complete opposite!
However, Providence Mount St. Vincent, a Seattle-based nursing home, is implementing a program that bridges the gap between young children and the elderly.
It's called the Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC), an award-winning, weekly child care program that allows over 400 elders to interact with children as young as infants.
The ILC program consists of both structured and non-structured activities in which both age groups participate to familiarize adolescents with the concept of age.
It also helps children learn to be accepting of the different disabilities that come with it.
The Providence Mount St. Vincent website reads,
Five days a week, the children and residents come together in a variety of planned activities such as music, dancing, art, lunch, storytelling or just visiting. These activities result in mutual benefits for both generations. This enhances the opportunities for children and people of all ages to have frequent interaction and is an integral part of the Mount's intergenerational community.
How much of a better place would the world be if daily interactions between the young and the old were boundless?!
Check out the photos below for a closer look.