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What Happens When You Put A Daycare Inside A Retirement Home?

By: Vicki Little

There are two points in our lives when we are especially vulnerable to needing others — when we are very young and when we are very old. These times are also seasons during which our lives tend to be less scheduled and hectic, with more free time and a lot of love to give. Our elderly community in particular still has so much to give when offered the chance. Often retired and with grown children, the elderly can find there’s not enough activity or conversation to fill their days. But what would happen if we mixed children with the elderly and let them give their time and smiles to one other?

Present Perfect is a short film that seeks to answer this very question. Filmed in a preschool that is housed in a retirement home, the trailer is a moving example of how much the young and the old can offer each other — and how happy they are to do so.

Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids.  A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. When she isn’t writing or trying to keep up with her kids she can be found volunteering, reading, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.

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  1. sam
    July 22, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    Love this – thank you for sharing. Would love to see more of this done. My grand mothers would have loved this idea!


  2. Jill Curry
    July 23, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    A Profound, brilliant, and simple idea. This should be replicated all over the country…the world! A win-win for everyone!


  3. Quency Vandaele
    October 11, 2015 @ 8:57 am

    I think this is a lovely video. I fully agree with what they are trying to do. Old people can get so lonely, but they often don’t want to bother their child or family with their troubles. Children can bring such joy to a person that I think that this could really be something interesting. The old people have a lot of love they can give to the children and the children have a lot of time to spend with the old people. That way, no one is bored. Brilliant idea!


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