We’ve been watching with interest the experiment that is the… Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.
This five-part TV series has created a nursery within an elderly retirement community at Lark Hill Village in Nottingham, the largest retirement village in the UK and home to more than 420 residents ranging in age from 60-102.
Over a ten-week period, a team of experts hope to create a longer-term template for others to follow in a bid to transform the care of older people across the UK. Committed to supporting intergenerational opportunities, there is a belief that the experiment will offer mutual benefits for both the children and adults involved.
The series has been inspired by a revolutionary American scheme which brought together the very young and the very old in an attempt to prove scientifically that these two generations can transform the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the older residents for the better. Ten older adults and ten four-year-olds will share daily activities designed by experts who will measure and analyse the older groups’ physical and mental progress throughout, as well as analysing frailty, memory and mood. Lark Hill Village is operated by a Charitable Trust that has pledged to roll out a wider programme of intergenerational activity across its villages and is encouraging people to take a moment to spend time with others outside their age group.
We applaud the experiment and look forward to the results. Bearing in mind our last blog about the mental health of the elderly and the key factors affecting this, we can certainly see how this experiment could help.