Nursery school brings new life to seniors

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LONDON (CBS) Faye Garcia, 90, never had kids of her own, but she's now surrounded by little ones at the Nightingale House care home.

"You know, you make friends with them," Garcia said.

Last September, the London retirement home first teamed up with Apples and Honey nursery to offer daily programs where seniors and children can play and bond. Care home staffers say the addition of giggles, gurgles and youthful energy boosts the mood and mobility of residents and could help them live longer, too.

"Just seeing the kids and hearing the kids in the home, it just transformed the environment from just being a care home into a proper community," said Simon Pedzisi, the director of care services.

The tots perk up 93-year-old Anna Platman's day.

"Oh, love it. Love it," Platman said, pointing to a friend in a wheelchair. "She was fast asleep just before. Wakes up. Look, wide awake seeing the children."

Nursery director Judith Ish-Horowicz says children learn respect and their confidence grows.

"You have a gift to give to the world, that's how I see it, and I think it helps the children see they have a gift," Ish-Horowicz said.

The blending of ages even inspired Garcia to challenge her pals to a race-- their toy cars against her walker.

"Which was so much fun and they loved it! And they said, 'Again, again!'" Garcia said.

And even though Garcia didn't win the race, she said she's made so many new friends that it's really a win-win for all.

Since the care home nursery opened last fall, retirement communities around the world in countries like Japan, Israel, Sweden and Finland have reached out to Nightingale's Apples and Honey program for more information.