Grey hair and tiny feet, what happens when the twain meet?
Magic, I say! Well, not of the wizardry kind but the heart-warming, aww-inducing one for sure. It is not for nothing that famed author Alex Haley once said, “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”
Recently, we came across a few such stories which prove that even if they are not related, the elderly and kids can add value to each others lives like nothing else can.
The first story is from Chennai, India where inmates of an old age home have taken to tutoring kids from underprivileged background. It is a way of giving back to the society in a way that allows them to share their knowledge that inspires these elderly people to take up the initiative. The kids, most of whom belong to slum areas, get some inspirational role models and an improvement in their scores,
The next story came from Seattle where inmates of a nursing home double up as playmates to around 125 toddlers. Yes, we are talking about Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home, the story of which has been doing rounds of social media for the past few months. A preschool is being run inside the premises of this nursing home! The program has benefitted the inmates by making them less prone to feel depressed or lonely. The kids attending this special school tend to be more sensitive and caring, especially towards the differently abled people.
Japan, which was the birthplace of the concept of shared facilities for the young and the old, is also showing renewed enthusiasm towards it, according to this story. At one such centre in Kiji no Sato in Hamamatsu, “The kids learn about respecting the elderly, while the elderly enjoy the stimulation through contacts with the youth,” according to an official.
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