Seniors get helping hand to tell life stories
KATHY Beasley was a bit nervous when approached to have her memoirs written by a Year 10 student.
Her son had urged her to write down her life story but, at 93, she found the process too difficult - until Rostrevor College student Clinton Nitschke came along.
"I did it with great trepidation," Mrs Beasley said.
"The first couple of meetings I was ready to nick off, but I began to enjoy it and Clinton was such a help."
She acknowledged the encouragement of aged care provider Allity in telling her story.
Mrs Beasley and Clinton were part of a 10-week pilot program called Write of Passage that Allity will now roll out nationally.
It paired eight Rostrevor College Year 10 English students with nine Allity Walkerville Aged Care residents.
The books were presented to the residents last week, when Allity also announced it would introduce the program at all its homes.
Clinton, 15, said it was "amazing" to work with Mrs Beasley: "I'm extremely grateful I was one of the people who got to experience it."
Allity communications director Janet Leung said the company was "delighted with the results of this intergenerational interaction".
"Studies have shown that contact between generations benefits everyone and in this case we have definitely seen that," she said.
"For residents maintaining the community connection leads to a better frame of mind and to better health.
"For the students, they learned an appreciation for a world that is wider than their own and real friendships have been made."