In Kitakyushu, Japan, nursing home director, Kimie Gordo, came up with the idea of bringing infants into her nursing home after her own newborn granddaughter was visiting and she saw how happy it made the residents. "When I saw the elderly people smile, I realized the power possessed by infants," she said. The nursing home now has a team of about 70 "baby workers," who can inspire even the toughest residents. "Just seeing a baby walking around, they smile and they start to speak," said Gordo. The pint-sized team works flexible hours, strolling around the nursing home with their parents, mostly mothers. They are paid in diapers and ice cream. The kids benefit in many ways, including socializing with other children and getting attention from grandparent-like figures.

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