Some have grandparents who live overseas; others want to hear old stories and one just wants to know what it is like to live in a resthome.
Albany Primary School students visited the Aria Gardens Home and Hospital to start the community's first ever Adopt-a-Grandparent scheme.
"I would like to make somebody else feel better, especially if they don't have grandchildren," pupil Jaya Hewetson says.
Monthly activities such as quizzes, arts and crafts sessions and an afternoon tea are planned until the programme finishes with a Christmas party in December.
The children sang to the residents before they were matched up. The pairs exchanged handmade gifts and released a helium balloon with their names attached.
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