Annie Middleburg is a resident at the Humanitas nursing home in Deventer, Netherlands. She is part of a unique social experiment where Dutch college students and senior citizens live, eat, and spend time together as part of their everyday experience.
Annie’s 84-years-old… but she says that things are lot more fun when she’s spending time with youngsters like 22-year-old Jurrien Mentink.
He’s one of six students who lives rent free at the Humanitas aged care home in Deventer near Amsterdam. In return, they are required to spend at least 30 hours a month socialising with the older residents.
“Students struggle to find housing in the Netherlands, especially in big cities,”Jurrien said. “I pay nothing to live here.â€
Amsterdam was short of 9,000 student rooms in 2014 alone, and two years earlier, the Dutch government cut care funding for people over 80. The two housing shortages prompted Humanitas to come up with this cheap way of providing better care, and company, for their residents.
“I think that the students influence the whole tone of the conversation here,”CEO Gea Sijpkes explains on the thinking behind her idea. “So that it’s not only about death, sickness and old age, but also about youth, about parties, about girlfriends.â€
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