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Adult daycare center provides friendship with young caretakers

Nicole Ancheta Nicole Ancheta
Sister Joan of Arc Souza Sister Joan of Arc Souza
Edith Tshudi Edith Tshudi

By Cindy Cha - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - For the past 12 years, the Franciscan Adult Daycare Center provides services for the elderly.

It's an opportunity for them to meet other people and interact with their caretakers. And you'll never guess who those caretakers are.

The adult daycare center is located on the campus of St. Francis School in Manoa. And though it's not a part of the school, the students there, are the ones who take care of the elderly.

Nicole Ancheta, a senior at St. Francis School, likes to play bingo.

It's here at the Franciscan Adult Daycare Center, where she spends her time playing.

Nicole is one of the many students, who volunteer as caretakers for the elderly.

"It's a good experience because I believe that every student should have an opportunity to give back to the community which gives so much back to society," said Ancheta.

The daycare center is separate from the school, but many St. Francis students take part in this unique program.

"We get the preschool children to come in on a regular basis, we get the high school kids who come in on a regular basis to help out and work with them, so it's the inter-generational aspect," said Sister Joan of Arc Souza, St. Francis School principal.

Preschool kids provide the entertainment, which brings a smile to the adults' faces.

"It's nice to see them because my grandchildren live in Pakistan I don't see them much, it's nice to see little kids," said Edith Tshudi, a Franciscan Adult Daycare Center client.

As the kids and the adults give each other high-fives, a friendship develops.

A rare opportunity for the young, and the young at heart.

The Franciscan Adult Daycare Center receives about 35 adults daily.  The average, age is 90 years young. The oldest is 102.

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