The division of the ages is unnatural and surely not good for us. In Seattle, USA, is an example which shows the way: 4-year-olds and 90-year-olds happily side by side in a care community.
‘The Mount’ is a full-time care facility for 400 older adults, but is also home to a preschool for more than 100 children. The school’s 400-student wait list speaks to its popularity and reputation.
The program includes activities children and residents can do side-by-side and counterbalances the loneliness and boredom that so often characterises life in a nursing facility.
“Kids who have early contact with older people are less likely to view them as incompetent — and simply exposing children to positive depictions of elders makes them less likely to exhibit ageism,” says Tiffany Jansen in The Atlantic.
The kids are also prone, she reports, to feel more comfortable around those with disabilities and impairments of all kinds than their peers who lack similar experiences.
You can read more about it and see a video here: