Seattle, Washington's Providence Mount St. Vincent is a senior care living facility with over 400 residents. It is also home to the Intergenerational Learning Center: a child care center and preschool where children interact with their elderly neighbors in planned and spontaneous activities, including storytelling, music, art, lunch, and visiting.
The ILC writes on their website that:
"These activities result in mutual benefits for both generations.This enhances the opportunities for children and people of all ages to have frequent interaction and is an integral part of the Mount's intergenerational community.
The ILC offers children opportunities:
To learn about the normal aging process;
To accept people with disabilities;
To be involved with people who are two or three generations apart;
To become part of an extended family;
To help them reduce their fear of older adults; and
To receive and give unconditional and unbounded love and attention."
Recently, a film about the ILC was made.
"Present Perfect" is the name of the documentary directed and produced by Evan Briggs, who calls his film "a story at once simple and intricate, about the poetry that lies in the day-to-day interactions between the very young and the very old — those at the beginning of life and those nearing the end — and ultimately, what those relationships can reveal to us all about the way we live now."
Briggs is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter to complete the edit on his project.
Here's a trailer offering a glimpse of life at the center.
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