Monday, May 16, 2016

YOUNG AT HEART - Senior+Child Care Centers

"What happens when a nursing home and a day care center share a roof?" PBS NewsHour 5/10/2016


SUMMARY:  What can a 5-year-old learn from a 95-year-old? At Seattle’s Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home, that question is answered daily.  You see, “The Mount” also houses a child care center of 125 tots.  And the full cycle of life on display is magic.  Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.

MARY MCGOVERN, Resident, Providence Mount St. Vincent:  What do you see?

CHILD:  A brown bear.

CHILD:  A brown bear.

CAT WISE (NewsHour):  Mary McGovern is 95 years old, and one of her favorite things to do is read to toddlers.

MARY MCGOVERN:  And what is that? A bird.

CHILD:  A bird.

MARY MCGOVERN:  A bird.  What color is the bird?


MARY MCGOVERN:  Red.  Everybody knows that.

CAT WISE:  Luckily for Mary, she doesn’t need to go any further than down the hall to find her young friends.

MARY MCGOVERN:  Oh, see, look in here is the little kids in there.

CAT WISE:  Oh, yes.

McGovern lives at Providence Mount St. Vincent, a nursing home in Seattle, Washington, that also houses a day care for children up to 5 years of age.

WOMAN:  Thank you, honey.  Thank you.  There you go.  Thank you very much.

CAT WISE:  Every weekday, 500 residents are joined by 125 children in the facility affectionately called The Mount.

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