At our nursery in Budleigh Salterton we are integrating regularly with the Age Concern (next door to us) and practice intergenerational care. It is the practice of bringing the young and elderly together by introducing nurseries and care homes to one another. Intergenerational care is thought to have officially started in 1976, when Shimada Masaharu merged a nursery school and care home in Tokyo with great success. This started a wave and soon more intergenerational care facilities opened in Japan and the US, with everyone in the know applauding the positive effects of the practice. Today there are intergenerational care facilities in countries across the globe, although it’s fair to say it has yet to become a mainstream practice.
According to Japan Times (2016) the benefits include: