Talented tots music to ears of residents

Letitia Busniak, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian

They’re from opposite ends of a generation, but for residents at Geraldton’s Juniper Hillcrest, having a group of tiny tots visit is the highlight of their week.

The little musicians from the Bloom Wellness and Wisdom’s Music Makers program visit their senior friends on Fridays for an intergenerational music session.

Parents bring their babies and toddlers, ranging up to four years, for the sessions.

Co-ordinator Jacquelinne Correy said after leaving, staff had reported Hillcrest residents couldn’t wait to see their little friends again.

“I had the staff contact me and tell me how their residents look forward to the visits and how much more alert and co-operative they become after the sessions,” she said.

“I guess it makes them feel young again and they really love seeing all the little ones.

“It’s a fun time and they sing along and get really involved with playing with the kids.”

It’s not just a benefit for the senior participants, however, with the youngsters also taught fine motor skills during the lessons. The sessions use instruments, play equipment and balloon balls to interact with the senior residents.

Mrs Correy said as the children were so young; they were more open to gaining the most from the experience.

“Not only is it good for their motor skills, but it’s also nice for the kids who might not have any grandparents to experience that sort of environment,” she said.

“The kids will run around and give them a high-five and just really enjoy their company.

“They are quite young, but it’s obvious they’re all having fun.”

Term 3 sessions start at the end of the month.

For more information, visit the website at www.bloomwellnessandwisdom.blogspot.com.au or email Mrs Correy at bloomwellness@bigpond.com.

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