We can learn a great deal from one another, regardless of age.
The African proverb of ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is true in many respects. We can learn a great deal from one another, regardless of age. Great meaning and purpose comes from cross-generational connections, this is especially true with young and old. Playgroup aged children enrich the lives of our elderly, our lonely, our isolated, our sick and older people offer our children so much love, wisdom, knowledge and nurturing. We highly value these relationships and we aspire to create more intergenerational opportunities.
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To support our advocacy work, it is important for us to know the level of interest and demand for this unique and meaningful experience. We invite parents, volunteers, playgroups, aged care services and funders to register their interest with us via the form below.
Do you run an intergenerational playgroup?
There are many benefits of cross-generational playgroups, no less sharing skills, ideas and inspiring movement, fun, human connection, purpose and love. We are looking to collate a list of all existing intergenerational playgroups in Victoria, who are looking for new members. Click the button below to add your intergenerational playgroup to our list.
Playgroup, usually an early years and parenting experience, is destined to shine a light on the benefits of, and the need for, relational-based opportunities to bring together different aged human beings. Playgroup naturally brings generations together, children and their parents/carers, creating and supporting meaningful relationships within and beyond playgroup. How might these ‘building blocks’ of our community impact our society’s seniors when we purposely and intentionally include them at playgroup?
The idea of intergenerational play offers opportunities to bring young children and older people together, setting up enjoyable, fun and creative activities to engage with each other in a safe and supportive environment. This is a win-win scenario: ageing adults have much to offer those at the other end of the life spectrum, including time and patience. A growing body of research and innovative programs are demonstrating that participating in intergenerational activities results in many benefits for ageing individuals, including increased dignity and self-esteem, and reduced stress levels and anxiety.
Intergenerational programs are gaining traction around the world, from primary – senior school children, and more recently intergenerational programs involving preschool children as featured in the ABC documentary (aired 27/8/2019 and 6/4/21), “Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds” (available on iView: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/old-people-s-home-for-4-year-olds).
Intergenerational playgroups uniquely involve the parent-child dyad, and the ageing adults, bringing together three generations together to participate in mutually enjoyable activities. Occurring in an aged care facility or community based service provides seniors, who may otherwise engage only with other ageing residents, with the opportunity to interact and have fun with lively young children and their families. This can be energizing, providing stimulation, enjoyment, and important connections, resulting in positive health and wellbeing outcomes. The potential for increased social capital is also significant.
Ageing can present some challenging characteristics including reduced capacity of mind and body which can lead to the need for assisted living arrangements. An unfortunate consequence of relocating to an aged care facility is that family and friends may not be nearby, which may increase isolation. With physical and/or cognitive decline, social interaction often reduces, which can further exacerbate cognitive decline and reducing emotional wellbeing.
Our ageing adults deserve the opportunity to maintain (or regain) their sense of joy in life and the ability to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Tiny hands may be the helping hand to do so. Playgroup Victoria is committed to advocating for funding for this emerging early years and healthy ageing initiative; our goal is to assist the aged care sector to develop vibrant, thriving and sustainable playgroups to meet the needs of our seniors.
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