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From Reality TV Inspiration to Real-life Impact: RSL LifeCare's Innovative Program Bridges Generation Gap

on Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Inspired by heart-warming reality TV show, Old People's Home for TeenagersRSL LifeCare has been running a pilot program which brings together students from Heritage Christian School in Port Macquarie and residents of the RSL LifeCare Port Macquarie Le Hamel Village on a weekly basis.

Designed to foster meaningful connections between generations, the pilot program highlights the importance of fostering ‘offline’ connections outside of social media for students, while also helping the elderly fight loneliness – a condition that’s experienced by one in five Aussies aged 65 and over – which can be detrimental to both physical and mental health.

The weekly sessions feature activities such as speed interviews, scavenger hunts, games days and knowledge sessions where students have taught the seniors about technology and the seniors have taught the students important life skills.

RSL LifeCare is looking at potentially rolling out this positive initiative to its other villages across NSW and ACT given the positive reception the pilot program has received.

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