Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is back! The ABCTV docuseries that warmed Australia’s hearts in 2019 returns on April 6 with new participants and a twist.
The show tests the merits of intergenerational care for all to see. The first season brought ten four-year-olds into a Sydney retirement home to engage with residents for several weeks of games and activities.
Viewers watched friendships form as residents got out of their comfort zones. Importantly, experts on the show recorded improvements in residents’ mobility, health, and happiness.
The second season turns the tables. This time a new group of seniors, who live in their own homes, are brought to a purpose-built preschool to see whether interacting with young ones can help them stay independent.
The show aims to demonstrate intergenerational care as “early intervention” for older people outside aged care, said producer Endemol Shine Australia (ESA).
“Like the 1.6 million Australians over the age of 65, who live alone at home, our participants find themselves at the crossroads of wanting to live in their own homes but needing help to remain healthy and happy enough to stay there,” ESA said in a statement.
“The goal for Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds, season 2, is to switch the experiment in the name of early intervention, by taking aging adults into the kids’ domain, to reconnect them to their community to help them maintain their independence. With more opportunities for home visits, excursions and community building, this radical early intervention idea will build on the success of the original series.
“Will our experiment find a way to keep the elderly living in their own homes independently while finding a greater connection to their local communities in the process? And can we relieve the stress on Australia’s aged care system by getting in early? Only time will tell.”
Watch the trailer below for a sneak peak!