Inviting community inside: Nursing homes take steps to stop social isolation of seniors

Despite a 95-year age difference, five-year-old Tony Han Junior and centenarian Alice Clark enjoy each other’s company.

After decorating Halloween cookies together Han brings his own masterpiece, smothered in smarties and sprinkles, to Clark and encourages her to try it. Few words are exchanged, but smiles and giggles are constant at the intergenerational program at Youville Residence, a long-term care facility for seniors in Vancouver.

Han Jr. is among a half dozen children visiting this day from the Montessori Children’s Community — a daycare located on the same site as Youville, at 33rd and Heather.

Kim Pemberton reports

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