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Youngsters join the elderly at care home in Tonbridge to make music

By Lynn Cox

Two lovely ladies born 100 years apart enjoyed a morning of music-making at a project encouraging interaction between the elderly and the very young.

Born in 1914, the 103 year-old a three-year-old born in 2014, joined others at a care home to sing and enjoy some musical fun.

A group of children aged one to five who attend Musical Bumps classes in Tonbridge & Sevenoaks, joined residents at High Hilden residential care home for the afternoon.

The 103 year-old with the three year old.

The 103 year-old with the three year old.

The resident’s enjoyment was clear to see, as they joined in with old favourites like Daisy Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do, One Man Went to Mow, and the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

Research has shown activities combining children and older adults can increase self-esteem and promote friendships for both generations.

Business owner Margaret Lewin said: “There is over-whelming evidence showing the benefit of singing with people affected by dementia; promoting an overall sense of wellbeing, improving communication, cognition and understanding.

The youngsters at the care home.

The youngsters at the care home.

“Add to that the evidence that older adults with intergenerational connections consistently report much less depression, better physical health and higher degrees of life satisfaction – and we feel sure that sharing our classes with a group of elderly residents will have positive outcomes all round.

“We are working towards becoming a dementia friendly business and are looking forward to working in care homes across Kent.”

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