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A Glimpse of Old Age

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) students Will McNeill and George Pullar were among a group that spent time with residents at aged homes sharing stories and laughter while having their perceptions altered about old age and dementia.

A partnership between WAAPA and Catholic Homes allowed students to spend time with residents, their families and staff members at Archbishop Goody in East Perth to complete research for their assignments to create a series of plays on old age.

Catholic Homes senior occupational therapist Elizabeth Oliver said residents enjoyed sharing stories about the good old days. “We often find that many young people don’t have much experience spending time with older people in the community, so it’s projects such as this that help to break down barriers between generations.” Ms Oliver said.

It also gave the residents a sense of connection by contributing to the students depictions of old age.

“For our residents, this is a chance to speak honestly about what old age is like, and for the students to put their findings into practice in a realistic way.”

Guardian Express, August 19, 2014

Students with resident at Archbishop Goody Hostel