Intergenerational relationships are blossoming at one of Metlifecare’s latest retirement villages.
Preschoolers from Little Steps Montessori watched on as Greenwich Gardens on Auckland’s North Shore was built.
When the Unsworth Heights retirement village finally opened, the youngsters visited to meet the new residents and see the building.
Greenwich Gardens’ village manager Ruth Scandrett said the experience was wonderful for both young and old.
“They’d [the preschoolers] made all these pictures of the building works and written stories about the cranes,” Scandrett said.
During the visit, the children shared these pictures and put on a concert for the residents, who then shared photos of the construction and helped the children dress up in hard hats and hi-vis vests.
The 30 children visited the roughly 40 residents for the first time in August and plan to continue visiting regularly.
Scandrett said developing the relationship between young and old is beneficial to both.
She said some of the residents don’t see their grandchildren regularly or have grandchildren who are grown up. So the arrangement offers a chance for them to connect with a different generation.
“It’s wonderful to see the residents and the children engaging and enjoying each other’s company, it’s great fun for everyone,” she said.
The preschoolers are continuing to watch the site works at the village and have planned future visits, including a Christmas-themed one.