Following the new series “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds” which first aired in August, the ABC hosted a screening of the final episode at Parliament House, Canberra co-sponsored by Parliamentary Friends of Ageing and Aged Care and Parliamentary Friends of Early Childhood Learning which brought together our village to showcase the results from the series.

The event was attended by Aged Care and Residential Care services, Early Learning and University representatives, playgroup representatives, and key staff from government departments and Parliamentarians.

Among the speakers, Professor Anneke Fitzgerald from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation and Research Lead for the Intergenerational Care Project spoke about the series and the overwhelming interest and outcomes intergenerational programs offer.

The series highlighted the opportunities and benefits intergenerational programs have for both pre-schoolers and older Australians and explores the mental and physical impacts of social interactions and play based early learning activities.

The social experiment saw the older generation become more active, mobile, happier and hopeful – while the children saw improvements to their social and physical skills, confidence and empathy.

Please click here to read the full “A heart-warming experiment raising our national movement for Intergenerational Playgroups” published on the Intergenerational Care Project website.