Intergenerational playgroups bring together families with young children and residents in some of Canberra’s Aged Care facilities for a morning of important social interaction. Intergenerational Playgroups are a vital opportunity for parents, children and residents to engage in childhood activities together, create opportunities for children to further develop their skills, parents to create a local peer support network and provide isolated residents vital community interaction.

Research suggests that Intergenerational Playgroups improve outcomes and quality of life for older people, particularly those experiencing:

  • Isolation/loneliness
  • Dementia
  • Disengagement from community

There are a number of studies done on Intergenerational Playgroups and the benefits for aged care residents and attending families.

Research by Skropeta C M, Colvin A and Sladen S (2014) into participation benefits included the following outcomes for older residents:

  • Increase in dignity, particularly with residents who have dementia
  • Increase in longer lasting joy and happiness
  • Higher levels of self-esteem
  • More active participation in the community

For further information on the intergenerational playgroups in Canberra please contact us.