Old & Young. Together.
This is the most beautiful thing!
You may have seen this doing the rounds recently…and I only got around to watching the full video today.
I read the article in MNN and I think this is truly an inspired and beautiful idea. As the nature of what “family” is changes, along with how we as a global society interact with one another, I cannot think of a more profoundly positive and educational experience as this.
The idea, implemented by
Mount Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle, Washington in the USA – “
“Five days a week, the children and residents come together in a variety of planned activities such as music, dancing, art, lunch, storytelling or just visiting. These activities result in mutual benefits for both generations.”
“But if it also seems odd, that’s because it’s not something you typically see in Western societies. These two groups of people tend to be almost completely isolated from each other, except maybe during holidays. Of course, that wasn’t always the case. When people lived in family groups — and in those places in the world where people still do — this was and is completely normal. And it makes sense, as both the very old and the very young seem to live at a slower, less focused, more in-the-moment state of being. Putting them together is the most natural thing in the world.”
Read more here.