Leamington care home residents share their pearls of wisdom - The Leamington Observer

Leamington care home residents share their pearls of wisdom

WISE residents at a care home in Leamington have been passing on their pearls of wisdom to the younger generation.

The residents at Priors House, on Old Milverton Lane, have been sharing advice about jobs, hobbies and family life to young volunteers from the Kissing It Better charity as part of a new intergenerational project – Wisdom Booths.

The Wisdom Booths initiative sees Care UK homes across the UK share their advice with younger generations after a national survey found 88 per cent of people nationwide are grateful for what they’ve been told by their elders and 56 per cent will always rely on them for advice, regardless of how old they are.

The pearls of wisdom at Priors House included 95-year-old resident Edwards Proctor’s advice to “be sensible with your money, but also remember to enjoy life”.

While 93-year-old resident Eunice Shorthouse said: “work hard at your ambitions” and to “never lose sight of your roots”.

She added: “Speaking to the children really brought a smile to not just mine, but everyone’s faces. Interacting with younger people always reminds me of my youth.”

Francine Summers, Home Manager at Priors House, said: “Intergenerational activities are a huge part of life here at Priors House, and it was fantastic to be joined by young volunteers from the Kissing It Better charity to discuss the advice that residents would give to their younger selves.

“Intergenerational relationships have shown to be incredibly fulfilling, as they give younger and older generations a chance to learn from one another. These connections can be especially helpful for older people as they can provide a sense of purpose and spark discussions about their childhood.

“We’d like to say a huge thanks to Kissing It Better for participating, and we look forward to welcoming them into the home again very soon.”

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