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PBS recently highlighted an intergenerational program in Seattle where a child care center for 125 children is operated within the Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home. Here are a few insights from the video:
"All of us have common needs to be recognized. All of us have common needs to be loved, and all of us have common needs to share life together. And so these children bring life and vibrancy and normalcy. It's a gift. It's a gift in exposing young families to positive aspects of aging, and it's a gift of also having children seeing frailty, normalcy, and that's part of that full circle of life."
Now you might ask, would parents want their children to be in an early childhood program in a nursing home? Apparently so, the waiting list for the program includes 400 families!
Contributed by Kirsten Haugen
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