We believe that this is more important than ever before in all continents of the world. People are living longer but older adults and young children are having less and less contact with each other. Parents and grandchildren are migrating to cities and countries far away from grandparents. For many grandparents it is also sometimes difficult to keep in touch with grandchildren.
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Like Doria Ragland, who cancelled the yoga classes she teaches in LA and hired a dog-sitter to travel to London last month, mothers will travel as far as necessary to attend the birth of their grandchildren, and to spend time with them as they grow up. Even so, modern scattered families mean that even with the best of effort, many young children now grow up without benefiting from time spent with older adults. In , Shamuda Masaharu decided to merge a nursery school in Tokyo with a nearby care home for the elderly while the nursery was renovated. This was purely a practical decision, but almost at once, staff in both establishments noted social and cognitive improvements in both old and young. The older residents became more alert and interested in their surroundings, and talked and smiled more often.
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These are external links and will open in a new window. A community project in Kent is bringing young and old together with the help of biscuits and dancing. The "Love Grows" projects aims to encourage friendships between generations and challenge the perceptions of what it is like to be young or old. England selected Local News Regions Kent selected. Video duration
Children from Plant Parciau nursery in Caernarfon, Wales, took this one step further when they took part in an experiment which was aired on Welsh television at the end of last year. The programme, Hen Blant Bach, aimed to investigate the potential for bringing young children and the elderly together to share daycare on a regular basis. A group of six children aged three and under travelled to the Maesincla Daycare Centre for three consecutive days, taking part in activities overseen by academics from Bangor University. The resulting documentary focused on the clear benefits to the pensioners that arose from taking part in joint activities such as hat-making, cake-decorating, and sharing photographs and stories. But there were also many benefits for the children, says child psychologist Dr Nia Williams, a researcher and part-time lecturer at Bangor whose field is child psychology.