Learning a second language for healthy and active ageing in older adults

Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley and Skills & Care Greenwich have once again joined forces to lend a helping hand to promote the wellbeing of older people living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

As you are well aware, Home Instead aims to change the face of ageing and is a strong advocate of helping elderlies, not just to #StayNourished, but also #CareAboutDementia! This time, Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley and Skills & Care are working with Dr. Sarah Ann Liszka, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Applied Linguistics & Language Acquisition at the University of Greenwich, on a new seedling project.

Dr. Liszka’s project investigates the benefits of learning a second language for healthy and active ageing in older adults. As a part of the research, Dr. Liszka is providing free English language classes for six weeks, each class lasting for two and a quarter hour, with a focus on improving the participants’ ability to speak and listen in English.

Participants of this project are our very own elderlies that Skills & Care have empowered over the years. They are very keen to learn from Dr. Liszka and a few have already established a close bond with her! Each meeting starts and ends with a shower of Namastes and plenty of hugs!

Dr. Liszka is supported by both Pauline Cahill, our community coordinator and Sneha, our Quality Support Officer, who also did her MA in Applied Linguistics.

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