Editor: A few years ago while taking an RCW course in a seniors’ home, I saw first-hand the affect kids had on some of the residents. It was a healing process.
Residents who were exposed to kids left me with the thought that more interaction with children was positive. I know I saw it with my own eyes. It’s a no brainer — it leaves an impact on residents and staff.
I have suffered from depression at times in my life and the sound of a small child’s voice certainly brightens my day. You see sound, visual and touch, stimulates the brain and lessens depression even if just for a short time. It’s all good.
Health care today is about new ideas and taking risks. I am so sure this idea will work, I’d put money on it. Ask anyone who works with seniors.
The impact children have on residents is a great way to brighten an elderly person’s day. While watching the positive affect this exposure had on residents I couldn't help but wish that this healing process would continue.
Let’s wait and see the comments families have when they visit their elderly parents and may notice a difference in a person with depression.