I cried as I watched this video: tears of happiness for the magic of this place, and tears of despair for all the missed opportunities to create joy in the lives of our most vulnerable–the very young and the very old.
“The Mount” in Seattle has proven eldercare and childcare can be combined to create rich, loving, joyful, active, engaged environments that benefit everyone involved.
The Mount is home to 400+ elders and 100+ children (in their own dedicated facility). It’s a model that works. Let’s combine pre-schools, kindergartens, daycares with eldercare facilities in multiple win scenarios.
Isolating the elderly–especially people who absolutely ADORES children–makes no sense.
Let’s create environments and communities that foster engagement and LIVING rather than places where people die a little every day until they finally stop breathing out of sheer boredom.
Just look at the possibilities (thanks to CBC for the story):
Let’s experience present perfect every day.
Every day until we die.