Age is proving no barrier for the unlikely friendships blooming at Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care home in Willagee, thanks to a new partnership with a local playgroup.

For the past few months, residents at the not-for-profit Home have been striking up friendships with youngsters who from part of the local mum and baby kindergarten as part of an inter-generational partnership, which aims to encourage companionship and connections between young and old.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive Officer of Braemar, said the benefits of the partnership extended both ways, with the children and residents involved genuinely enjoying their time together and forming strong bonds.

“We’re delighted by how well our inter-generational partnership has been received by both the residents and children alike,” he said.

“Older people love having children around; it enables them to tell stories about their own childhoods and to share their hobbies, talents, and life lessons.

“We really notice a transformation in the residents when the children are around, particularly our more withdrawn seniors, who quickly interact with the youngsters and clearly enjoy their company; the partnership is proving a great success all round.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care is a community ministry of the Presbyterian Church in WA. Braemar operates three residential care facilities providing 220 residential places.