Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds 2018
One popular resident, Victor
Young Meets Old
On British television‘s Channel 4 Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Old children is back for a second series and it as popular as ever.
Series 1 was nominated for a B.A.F.T.A. and perhaps this year it will actually win an award.
The series makes for heartwarming viewing as older people living in a retirement village and a group of 3 and 4-year-old children share quality time together.
The oldest resident of the retirement village is aged 102/103 with most of the others aged well into their 80s and 90s. The young visitors are just four-years-old and as cute as can be.
When you see young and old together the dividing years just melt away and some firm friendships are made along the way.
The 2017 Series
Series Two 2018
Series two is made up of five episodes and is also available on catch up.
The retirement village is a different one to the first series in 2017. This year Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds is being filmed at Lark Hall Village, in Nottingham.
Lark Hall is reportedly one of the biggest retirement villages in the U.K. It has over 400 residents ranging in age from 60 to 102-years-old but just 11 residents have been selected to take part.
Research has reportedly shown that mixing elderly and young people together can be beneficial for both age groups.
However, the main purpose of this study is to discover if the older residents will benefit from regular activities with a group of four-year-old children.
After a couple of episodes the older people are obviously growing ever more alert and confident, and regaining some of their strength, while the children are continuing to learn many things from the residents, and it seems to be a winning combination.
At various time intervals during the series psychologists, medical professionals and researchers study how everyone taking part is developing.
With a nursery set up in the retirement village the children arrive each day and with the older residents undertake various activities, or to put it another way they enjoy a series of adventures.
In one episode it is shopping and rather than use the small retirement village shop the group spread their wings and take a trip to the supermarket getting to grips with self service tills along the way.
This group of young and old shop for an upcoming party, buying cake mixes and the like. It is a hands on experience for the children and the adults and yes it is an adventure.
Most adults take freedom of movement for granted but older age can have a negative impact on that freedom. Fear of falling, sometimes after a couple of falls, can seriously dent a person’s confidence. The activities undertaken during this series and study help restore confidence, strength, balance, mental and physical well-being and also make the older residents feel useful and loved again.
The elderly residents regain their sparkle and zest for life and the results are startling
Episode 1, 2018
When you see some of the unlikely friendships blossoming it is impossible to stay detached. I defy anyone to watch Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Old children and not have at least one ah moment.
Friendships such as four-year-old Scarlett and 84-year-old Beryl, which seems to be a match made in heaven.
With 10 pre-school children and 11 elderly residents some of the friendships are very individual but all are entertaining for the audience.
Channel 4 describes the series thus -
One of the UK's biggest retirement villages opens a nursery where the classmates' ages range from three to 102. What can the very young and the very old learn from each other?
The answer is they can learn a great deal and for the older people that means how to live again rather than just exist.
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© 2018 Ethel Smith