Mixing young and older people can extend lives
- August 28, 2015
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Research shows that developing relationships between older people and the young can be beneficial for the wellbeing of both parties.
New draft guidance from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), due to be finalised in November, says there is good evidence intergenerational activities improve health outcomes – and recommends all local authorities support and provide such schemes.
Research has found that our stereotypical view of ageing – as a downward spiral of illness and lonelieness – is formed early in life. If these views aren’t challenged by mixing with older people, they become a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading to poor health outcomes.
At Moorehall Living, we put a special focus on intergenerational activities and recently won the age friendly award at the Louth Looking Good Awards for a project which saw residents and local schoolchildren co-operate on setting up three new gardens
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