CHILDREN from Little Tinklers Nursery in Corbridge entertained residents at Charlotte Straker House with a fun afternoon of songs and games.

The manager of Charlotte Straker House, Marilyn Hunter, said the children’s visits were a highlight for residents.

“The joy and excitement that they bring has become a highlight and you can see the positive stimulation it creates.

“Many of them talk about it for days afterwards.

“We like to provide lots of different activities for our residents, and this is one of our most popular afternoons.”

Research has shown that adults who experienced close inter-generational interaction were less prone to depression and had better physical health, as well as being happier with their present life and more hopeful for the future.

Nursery owner Georgina Lester added: “Bringing children and elderly people together is a very natural concept and it definitely has benefits for both age groups.”