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Primary school invites in elderly people to work with young pupils
by Sally Weale, Education Correspondent

The Guardian    Translate This Article
11 December 2017

On 11 December 2017 The Guardian reported: A primary school in Essex is piloting a new project that brings elderly people suffering from isolation, depression and early dementia into the classroom to work with four- and five-year-old children, with the aim of mutually benefiting all. Previous projects have involved children visiting care homes, but Downshall primary school in Ilford is thought to be the first to host a day centre for older people, who read books, sing songs, and do puzzles with children. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of education and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The potential benefits for children include positive changes in perceptions and attitudes about older people, increased self-confidence, better behaviour in school, increased self-management skills, and higher standardised reading test scores. ...

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