Preschool in retirement home keeps residents young and happy
A retirement home in Seattle has come up with the best way to keep residents feeling youthful and fresh. They have a preschool in the building!
The home's Intergenerational Learning Center within the Providence Mount St. Vincent senior care center brings the 2 groups together 5 days a week. The senior residents enjoy dancing, storytelling, and conducting art projects with the children.
Filmmaker Evan Briggs decided to film a documentary, Present Perfect, about the home's inclusive environment. Upon filming, she commented on the various interactions she witnessed. She said:
"some were sweet, some awkward, some funny...all of them poignant and heartbreakingly real."
Briggs went on to explain just how unique and rewarding the experience of seeing the two groups function together was. She told ABC News:
"Moments before the kids came in, sometimes the people seemed half alive, sometimes asleep. It was a depressing scene. As soon as the kids walked in for art or music or making sandwiches for the homeless or whatever the project that day was, the residents came alive."
Briggs hopes that this story will stir conversations about how easy it is to educate children while pleasing elderly people simultaneously. She hopes other preschools and retirement homes consider this unique approach in the future.
Watch this video to see the Present Perfect trailer:
The retirement home basically enables its residents to go back to their own preschool days. Watch this video to see more adults in a preschool environment:
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