The famous Henry Ford said: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
At Macadamia Care, we couldn’t agree more and so we often arrange get-togethers with the younger generation. The interaction is good for our residents and the young can pass some of their energy and enthusiasm on to the elderly, improving the older generation’s cognitive abilities.
Developing connections with a younger generation can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfilment. In fact, linking older adults with youth can provide advantages for both groups.
With this in mind, we recently had young school Children from Stanford Lake College, Haenerstburg who are blessed and privileged enough to travel or go on exchange around the world, sharing their experiences with Macadamia Care Communities!
A young lady – Danica Altenroxel, travelled to Nepal as part of a school group. They had to make their own travel arrangements, visited a school where they upgraded a classroom and painted the flag in African images.
Says Danica: “In June 2018 I had the opportunity to go to Nepal for two weeks on a school tour. It was a life changing experience that opened my eyes to how diverse our world is. I especially enjoyed this trip because we as the students were responsible for finding accommodation and places to eat as well as managing the budget for the tour, which was a great opportunity for learning. Our tour consisted of a trek, community project and touring. I thoroughly enjoyed the trek as it was in a beautiful area with stunning views of the snow-capped Annapurna Mountains. The community project was a great opportunity to get involved in the community and learn more about the Nepalese lifestyle while giving back to the community. We worked at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School where we painted a classroom, built the foundations of a wall and taught a few lessons. During our touring we visited the Monkey Temple, World Peace Pagoda and Phewa Lake which each displayed interesting aspects of Nepalese history and culture. It was an incredible trip which I will always remember and be grateful for.”