The multi-award winning new social experiment, now in its second season in the UK
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.
“Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds” has proved a huge ratings hit on Channel 4 in the UK, and is now in its second season. The show has also won multiple awards including a Broadcast Award, a Televisual Award, an Edinburgh TV Award and two C21 International Format Awards. The format has sold to a raft of territories including France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.
“A moving and uplifting experiment” – The Guardian
Also available on tape: Season 2: 5 x 45’ (Total episodes: 8 x 45’)
Created and produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4 (UK)