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Dutch students choose to live in nursing homes rent-free (as long as they keep the residents company)

March 15, 2015

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi 

NINETY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Johanna beams at the 20-year-old stepping into her room — not a visiting grandson, but rather a housemate at her retirement home.

Town planning student Jurrien is one of six who have chosen to live in the yellow-brick home in Deventer in the eastern Netherlands as part of a unique project that benefits everyone.

The university students pay no rent and in exchange spend at least 30 hours a month with some of the 160 elderly who live here…

Read more at http://www.thejournal.ie/help-the-aged-1814698-Dec2014/

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