August 15, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
When the school children from Peregian Springs Primary visit our clients at Arcare Peregian Springs, you just know it’s going to be a good day.
The grade two and three students regularly visit our clients. Sometimes it can even get a little noisy with all the chit chat and the excitement.
But everyone always has a great time, you can just see it on their faces with their big smiles.
By bringing together two very different age groups, we are able to create a bond and friendship through the regular intergenerational visits.
By inviting the school students, we are also bridging the gap between any stereotypes or misconceptions people have of aged care.
Have a look at the video below. From it you’ll be able to tell that the students themselves also benefit from the intergenerational interactions.
Everyone is engaged and interested, and in the end, they can share their common interests and build genuine friendships.
We believe that giving the old and the young opportunities to interact is very meaningful to all.
Whether it’s creating relationships and emotional connections, the most important part of it is being able to enjoy the conversations and the laughs together.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.