Local school children visit older people living with Dementia

The sun shined bright as Hogarth Primary School in Brentwood visited older people living with Dementia at ECL's day care centre in Brentwood.

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Older aged female playing table tennis with two children from the local school.

ECL’s senior customers joined the children at ECL Brentwood - Hogarth & Lions for a ‘Royal Tea Party’ in celebration of the Royal Wedding.

Celebrations included playing games in the centre’s garden such as table tennis, hoop games and parachute – helping to stimulate fond memories.

It was lovely to see the children and older people interacting and just all happened naturally.

Karen Travell, Local Business Manager, ECL

The Mayor Elect, Councillor Sheila Murphy arrived to take part in the day’s activities.

The Mayor Elect, Councillor Sheila Murphy standing alongside a customer.

I received a very warm welcome at the Royal Tea Party and immediately sensed a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The staff went out of their way to be caring and to be inclusive to all.

Councillor Murphy, Brentwood

The day was so successful that the pupil’s teacher has invited the customers to attend the school during a dress rehearsal for an end of term play.

The benefits of intergenerational experiences are well publicised with last year’s hit Channel 4 show, filmed in The St Monica Trust retirement home in Westbury-on-Trym, following an experiment where a group of preschoolers attended a nursery inside the home itself, working and playing alongside the elderly residents.

Bringing generations together is something the team at the centre is of great benefit and many of their senior customers have shown new energy and enthusiasm during these events.

Find out more about our Day Centres for older people.

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