THE “ADOPT a Grandparent” campaign was a huge hit with members of the elderly day service at St Aidan’s Day Care Centre.
Manager of the unit Bernie Kirwan said that with presents and cards received, all 40 clients were ‘like children’ filled with excitement.
“We’d like to hugely thank all those people that made the effort with gifts and the pre-school children at Kids Junction on the Market Square who made personalised hand-written cards. It was Kay Tyrell who started it last year and spearheaded it again this year.
“Connecting the older people with a preschool in the town is always something I’ve wanted to do but Covid stopped all that. It’s simple fabulous to be able to create that connection between the elderly and the small people, there’s just something magical about the innocence of it.
“The elderly have just had a horrible time with Covid and St Aidan’s being closed and then reopened, so I was aware that they were missing out on coming in to the centre that love it. They were like children about the cards and in the new year we’d like to do something so that the elderly can write back to the kids”.
Bernie said that older people have so much to teach us, being filled with much life experience and wisdom.
“The more time young and old spend together the more they both benefit as children have this warm and infectious energy which brings joy. Our eldest lady is 98 and she’s the most beautiful person, and you can see with her how important it is that young people are given the opportunity to interact with older people. Kids don’t feel threatened by older people, and for the elderly it keeps them interested too. It brings something out in them and they see to have this warm glow in their heart, a burst of love to cheer them up which we all need. The connection and older people in Gorey needs to be talked about more”.
St Aidan’s Day Care centre is still limited in its activities due to Covid-19, but all are hopeful for positive 2022 so that older people are offered a social outlet and family carers are given a break.