New program connecting children and aged care residents

| 12 May 2016

iCareHealth is proud to sponsor the Adopt a Pop, Gain a Granny; Care for our Greats program, an initiative designed to encourage local primary schools and aged care facilities to develop community links with each other for intergenerational learning. The program has been piloted in the Geelong region in Victoria, and encourages children to connect and learn about history from our older generation, while providing a sense of value and belonging in aged care residents.

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Sophia Bolden

Communications Coordinator

Sophia Bolden is the Communications Coordinator at Telstra Health - ADCC (formerly iCareHealth). With a background in the disability and aged care sector, she brings an understanding and passion for aged care. Sophia recognises the importance of social media and online communication in relating technology and aged care news in the most effective way possible.

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  1. Alison Sherratt

    CCA also have the school children from their 3 colleges, 3 primary schools and 2 pre schools join them on a regular basis our program is Memories of my youth. We find this encourages interaction with young and old and starts to break down the stero types of both age groups. We have specific programs they attend together in the facilies but we also pack the backpacks and head to school to join in class lessons. Great initiative by all

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    • Sophia Bolden

      Hi Alison,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. ‘Memories of my youth’ sounds like a fantastic initiative, and we agree that intergenerational programs can provide a great learning experience for everyone involved. Thank you again, Sophia

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  2. Gilly Smith

    Hi, I am a Diversional Therapist working for a large Aged Care provider in Qld. I was wondering how this pilot program has been going since it started in May? It is wonderful.

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    • Sophia Bolden

      Hi Gilly,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. The ‘Adopt a Pop, Gain a Granny; Care for our Greats’ pilot program has now concluded, with both the school and aged care facility involved happy with the results. The Care for our Greats website contains resources for schools and aged care facilities across Australia to use to roll out the program in their area. The program organisers are hoping to see a wide adoption of the program.
      Thank you again for your comment.
      Sophia

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