The multi award-winning hit social experiment, now licensed to over 13 countries
Social isolation is one of the biggest problems facing older people living in care homes. This loneliness, combined with boredom and inactivity, has a severely negative impact on their health, wellbeing and life expectancy.
This revolutionary new social experiment attempts to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of retirement communities by bringing together ten older residents with a group of ten four-year-old pre-school children for six weeks.
The old and young volunteers share daily activities designed by a team of experts, including a gerontologist and a geriatrician, who measure and analyze the older groups’ physical and mental progress. The older volunteers undergo a series of baseline tests at the start of the experiment, and their activities are tracked and tested throughout.
The results at the end of the experiment are extraordinary, with significant changes in the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the older volunteers.
“A moving and uplifting experiment” – The Guardian
Also available on tape: Season 2: 5 x 45’ (Total episodes: 8 x 45’)
Formats // Reality
Created and produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4 (UK)