Visit to Nine Mile Senior Living Center

Each month the DuckTape Friends and Kinder Plus classes take a field trip to the Nine Mile Senior Living Center.  While there, they sing songs, do an art project and share a snack with the residents.

Each month the DuckTape Friends and Kinder Plus classes take a field trip to the Nine Mile Senior Living Center.  While there, they sing songs, do an art project and share a snack and conversation with the residents.

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Intergenerational care centers (preschools housed in nursing homes, childcare and adult day care housed together etc…) are popping up all over the country.  There are so many benefits for both children and the elderly when they spend time together.   A New York Times article about the ONEgeneration care center (a center that houses both child care and adult day care) notes that children who spend time with the elderly are more patient, express more empathy, exhibit more self-control and have better manners.”

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The Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) in Seattle, Washington is a preschool that occupies the same space as the Providence Mount St. Vincent retirement home. Each day, children aged infant to 5 years-old interact with elderly residents, learning about kindness and camaraderie between the ages, while bringing joy to otherwise isolated residents.

Over 400 elderly residents currently call the assisted-living center home, many spending their days away from their families. With the children of ILC, these residents become more active than they would on their own, engaging in fun, creativity, and experiencing the wonder of young minds.

In turn, the children receive a wealth of experience and benefits. Children in the ILC program become open-minded and confident about the aging process, more tolerant to individuals with disabilities, and as the program believes, more compassionate people. They can also look to the residents as role models, and enjoy more adult interaction and attention than one classroom teacher could provide.

**Taken from an article published on http://www.inhabitots.com/preschool-housed-in-a-retirement-home-offers-children-the-elderly-a-magical-opportunity-to-learn-from-each-other/     by , 06/16/15

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