Noosa Council

Seniors, children enjoy a day out on the farm

WHO can say no to some cute farmyard animals?

It's that kind of thinking that brought locals from both ends of the age spectrum together on the Sunshine Coast earlier this week.

Children from the Noosa Leisure Centre and Busy Bees Childcare Centre joined Noosa Community Support's aged care clients for a day of fun at Old Macdonald's Travelling Farms.

The two groups met a wide variety of animals including chickens, pigs, lambs and goats.

Noosa Community Support Centre-Based Care Supervisor Geoff Brittain said the excitement of the younger generation created a beneficial atmosphere.

"Research shows that when young children and older adults spend time together both generations benefit," Mr Brittain said.

"Young children's energy and enthusiasm is sure to bring a smile to even the most serious of faces, plus older Australians enjoy sharing stories and passing on their knowledge and skills to youngsters, who benefit from the additional adult role models.

"It's a simple concept that more and more aged care and child care providers are embracing."

Noosa Leisure Centre, Noosa Community Support and Noosa Library Service helped bring the two age groups together.

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