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Bridging the age gap with fun and board games

If you thought the likes of Monopoly and Snakes & Ladders belonged to a certain generation, think again. Mount Maunganui Primary School recently visited Arena Living’s Ocean Shores retirement village, and it was the love of a classic board game that brought the generations spanning 86 years together.  

“The kids were so excited for the visit that they held a countdown in the lead up to the trip,” says Ocean Shores village manager Sandy Quigley. “They put in a huge effort to make the visit special, bringing home baking for the residents and even board games they’d made themselves at school!”

“It was pretty obvious everyone was having a ball, there was happiness and laughter flowing all throughout the room,” says Sandy.

The school trip was led by Mount Maunganui Primary School’s ‘Community Heroes’ programme, an initiative to get the children to practice inquiry learning – the children collectively decided on taking a trip to Ocean Shores Retirement Village being interested in the stories of people who’ve grown up in different times and hoping the residents would enjoy their company. And enjoy it they did, for the children found the ultimate focus group to test their board games as the residents’ collective board game experience spans many years.

Sixty students aged nine to 11 and 30 residents aged from 75 to 97 years old were part of the day’s events and despite the evident age difference, humour and energy filled the room. The visit got the residents feeling youthful again and the children got an experience that you can’t get in a classroom. The life experience of the Arena Living residents left the students in awe.

“The visit made for a lovely afternoon all around” says Sandy. “We’re already looking forward to the next one!”.

Ocean Shores is one of five Arena Living Villages and would like to thank Mount Maunganui Primary School for sharing a couple of hours of their time with the residents.

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About Eve Williams

Eve Williams
Eve Williams is the Production and Social Media Administrator for Eldernet. She is currently studying towards her Masters at the University of Canterbury. She has a passion for learning new things.

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