You may have recently seen on the TV and in the press the benefits of children interacting with the elderly. Many studies have concluded that this social interaction cannot only decrease loneliness but can also delay mental decline as well as promote a number of health benefits including reducing frailty.
There are also a number of benefits to children including increased confidence, risk-taking and the opportunity to mix regularly with elderly people, which some children may not have the chance to do on a regular basis.
In December 2018 some of the children from Tops Bournemouth visited Fayrewood Ward at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital to take part in arts and crafts with the elderly patients. Fayrewood Ward is a rehabilitation ward that caters for up to 31 patients.
The children from Tops Bournemouth will be taking part in the ‘Joining Generations Programme’ by visiting Fayrewood Ward once a week for 6 weeks to take part in activities with the patients. Over 6 weeks, there will be a range of activities offered including music, craft, singing, ball games, and boogie mites.
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