Bringing toddlers and pensioners together equals happiness


Enjoying some play fun at Radius Millstream are, back, Tama Pirika, 4, with brother Shane, five...
Enjoying some play fun at Radius Millstream are, back, Tama Pirika, 4, with brother Shane, five months, front, Malia Symonds, eight months, Ben Petersen and Cole Parish, both 10 months.
Regular toddler gatherings at an aged care facility in Ashburton are proving a winner for young and old.

Babies and other pre-schoolers attend fortnightly themed play sessions in the resident's lounge at Radius Millstream rest home.

Residents can either watch or join in with activities that include music and parachute sessions, teddy bear picnics and a recent halloween themed gathering.

Future sessions will use playdough, bubbles and water to focus on sensory activities.

Mid Canterbury Plunket community support co-ordinator Sue-ann Carr, who helps run the sessions with Radius Millstream, said the inter-generational get togethers were positive for everyone involved.

"Not everyone has grandparents nearby, and not all grandparents have grandchildren, so it brings vastly differing age groups together.''

Play visits run from 10.30am until 11.30am, are held on the first and third Fridays of each month and are not restricted to Plunket babies.

A fun, festive visit is lined up on December 20.






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