Program brings children, older people together

5 months 1 week 2 days ago August 10, 2016 Aug 10, 2016 Wednesday, August 10 2016 Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:03:00 PM CDT in News
By: Christina Salonikas, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - The TigerSide Intergenerational Preschool is educating children in the community about how to interact with their elders.

TigerSide Director Stephanie Ross said her favorite part of the week is bringing her students to The Arbors at Mill Creek Village and watching the different generations mingle among one another.

"They just naturally come together. They want to sit next to the kids and the kids want to sit next to them. Some kids it’s good for them to help," Ross said. 

Mary Swanson, the lifestyle coordinator for The Arbors at Mill Creek Village, said when she first started working it was important to bring the intergenerational preschool to the elders. 

“These kids are around these elders a lot, so they don’t see that they have difficulties. They just see them as people," Swanson said.

Eliza Peck is one of the preschoolers who found a special bond with an elder from day one. 

The first time Ross brought the children to Mill Creek, Barbra Osburn sat next to her and held her hand. Osburn has Alzheimer's and has a hard time remembering much at all. The two of them share a special bond every week.

"With Barbra and Eliza she spells her name every time and then Eliza has to spell her name for her. And it is every single time and sometimes it is several times a visit, and Eliza never questions it. She doesn’t ask. She doesn’t seem to care. She just likes being with her," Ross said.

Osburn's husband, Don Osburn, said his wife used to teach the fifth grade at Midway. Her face lights up every time kids walk into the building. 

"She loves kids. She likes to interact with them, and it makes her very happy. She is a very happy person in spite of her limitations," Don Osburn said.

The young children are teaching the elderly how to use technology. Ross said the other week they brought a Wii and had all the elders dancing to Justin Bieber. 

The elderly are also constantly teaching the children new skills, and how to interact with one another.

Swanson said every day is a new day and, "they [elders] maybe having a day that is challenging for them, but as soon as the kids walk in you can tell that there is something about having the young children here that brightens their day.”

More News

Grid
List
The Missouri Highway Patrol said they were requested by the Columbia Police Department to conduct a death investigation in the... More >>
4 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man started a petition against a magic show featuring rare, white tigers at the University of... More >>
4 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Washington D.C. isn’t the only city subject to cyber attacks. Mid-Missouri's power lines are at risk- but not... More >>
4 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:26:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Members of Decoding Dyslexia Missouri met at the State Capitol on Wednesday for the second annual Decoding... More >>
4 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Breaking political tradition, Gov. Eric Greitens did not present a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year... More >>
5 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:10:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- Officers responded to a robbery Wednesday morning at First State Community Bank on Golden Bear Drive. An initial... More >>
6 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:33:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — There's new life for a plan to have St. Louis taxpayers help fund a new downtown... More >>
6 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:20:06 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a... More >>
7 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:03:08 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man will serve three years in federal prison without parole for pointing a... More >>
8 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:21:09 AM CST in News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a teenager and his mother are under arrest in the death of a Missouri... More >>
9 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:49:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Two masked... More >>
10 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:07:00 AM CST in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities in south-central Missouri are investigating after a woman's body was found in a ditch along a... More >>
10 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:57:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. KMBC-TV reports that... More >>
10 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:54:00 AM CST in News
VANDALIA-The city of Vandalia is declaring a boil advisory until Thursday at 3 a.m. The city’s water pressure dropped... More >>
10 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:43:00 AM CST in News
LIBERTY (AP) — The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school says he was fired for letting a... More >>
10 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:31:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Moody's Corporation has agreed to a settlement following a conduct investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice,... More >>
11 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:11:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The advisory board for Columbia Water and Light is set to meet Wednesday morning to discuss its goals... More >>
12 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:24:00 AM CST in News
EUGENE (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has died after a farm tractor overturned in mid-Missouri. The Missouri... More >>
13 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:07:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
9pm 41°
10pm 40°
11pm 39°
12am 38°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Frequency
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Frequency
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld