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Students Rent For Free At The Retirement Home. Why? This Is Brillliant!

A retirement home in the Netherlands allows students at the University rent a place for free in a retirement home. In exchange, they spend at least 30 hours a month with their neighbours. The cause of the project is to prevent negative attitudes towards ageing, according to pbs.org.

The staff at the retirement home says that the student shares a lot of activities with the elderly, like watching sports and celebrating birthdays. But most important of all: They spend time with them when they are sick.

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The newspaper writes that loneliness amongst elderly is strongly related to increasing numbers of death. Gea Sijpkes is director at the retirement home:
– The students bring the world outside this place and there’s a lot of warmth in these relations.

The programme started two years ago. Today it’s 6 students sharing facilities with 160 pensioners.
Design student Jurriën Mantink has lived there for two years.
– The elderly are full of life and as a student you can learn a lot from them, Mantink says to ABC.
– When I get home from school I visit my neighbour for one or two hours.

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