This Senior’s Week, we are encouraged to nurture our intergenerational connections as a show of solidarity in the face of a pandemic.
This week, as Centacare celebrates its 8,000 older clients and connects young and old through activities across its regions, aged care Support Worker, Tony, 53, says the connections he forms with our seniors is a gift.
Tony works at Centacare’s Aspley and Enoggera community centres and helps run ‘Talk N Tools’ and ‘Menshed’, two of the more popular activities on offer at the centres’.
“I have the best job in the world,” said Tony. “I work with older people, men and women, to restore furniture and other projects we think are worth doing. I have to pinch myself every morning, knowing I’m about to spend my day forming connections with the most remarkable people in our community.
“I recently had the unique opportunity to work side by side, for eight weeks with one of my clients, Colin. This was because group activities were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
“Colin is 83 and is living with advanced stages of dementia. We worked in the Enoggera shed to finish a bench seat that the Aspley group had started back in January. Colin and I worked three hours on a Monday and three hours on a Wednesday sanding back and varnishing the slats. We started in April and finished in May. I noticed Colin was quite restless in his home environment during the lockdown and so we came up a plan to rescue the seat, which we did.