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Patrick Robinson
The husband of a resident reacts with open arms for a kid wizard, one of dozens of costumed children who toured Providence Mt. St. Vincent on Halloween.

SLIDESHOW: Trick or treaters bring their sweetness to the elderly at Providence Mt. St. Vincent

When different generations come together it can be a very sweet experience.

That was absolutely the case as more than two dozen children who are part of the Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) at Providence Mount St. Vincent donned Halloween costumes Oct. 31, and went throughout the facility to trick or treat with residents and guests.

Wizards, princesses, turtles, and more visited residents on every floor of the facility

Five days a week, the children and residents come together in planned activities such as art classes, music, exercise, story time, coloring, or just visiting. There are so many benefits to intergenerational care. For the children, they are learning about aging and disabilities, and they are not afraid of older adults. For the residents, they are reminded of their children and grandchildren when they were little. Both generations love it.

Opened in September of 1991 with 12 children enrolled the ILC now serves approximately 125 infants and children. The ILC is open to the community as well as employees of The Mount. Most families are from West Seattle.

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