Month: March 2022

‘We deserve dignity’: Figtree woman’s bid to put joy back into aged care

Valma Fell‘s life was touched by dementia three times; first, when her brother-in-law was diagnosed with the “new illness” of Alzheimer’s in the 1960s, again when another brother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimers decades later, and finally when her own husband, former Illawarra Mercury General Manager, Ian Fell, was diagnosed in 2006. “We had very different …

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Echoes Montessori raises social awareness of the deep value of intergenerational care

Our project, Echoes Montessori, is a thoughtfully developed early learning and care program within a meticulously designed environment that will inspire, engage and delight those in our community. Yet we also hope that Echoes Montessori, and its partnership with the Encore apartments for independent retirement living, will be just the beginning. Our dream is to …

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‘Now more than ever we need connection’: Joint childcare and aged care to open

What do residents and students at a new centre opening at the end of the year have in common? “We are strangers and we are old, probably ugly too,” jokes 88-year-old Barry Smith. He and his wife, Rose, live at an aged care home that is about to have a childcare centre, which will cater …

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An unlikely partnership builds bridges

An intergenerational mentorship program in Toowoomba is turning lives around. On a shaded park bench in Toowoomba, a young woman talks animatedly to an older man who nods his head and listens. At first glance you might not think they have much in common. But they are part of an award-winning mentoring program that’s gaining …

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Rekindling the art of letter writing through intergenerational friendships

At a time when children and seniors are being told to stay away from each other to reduce the spread of COVID, its time to get creative about how they can stay connected. Staying in touch by phone or video calling is one way, but another solution that is becoming popular again is good old-fashioned …

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Intergenerational learning via video conferencing

Prior to COVID-19, many schools organised students to engage in meaningful activities with elders in residential aged care homes. Since COVID-19, the message from health departments has been to restrict the physical visits of family, friends and children. This has also resulted in the cessation of visits from school students for the past two years. …

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