Hi Guys, I found a great video on Facebook today and I decided to re-post it here. I think it is a fantastic idea and we should adapt it all over the world! It can create a positive change and transformation. Research links loneliness to mental decline and increased mortality, and regular social interaction with friends and family has been found to improve health in older adults.
“In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themselves living in a bubble of like-minded and similar-aged peers. This is especially true of university students who leave home at 18 to live with people of the same age – who have quite often had similar life experiences.
Given this, the report that a Dutch nursing home has established a programme providing free rent to university students in exchange for 30 hours a month of their time “acting as neighbours” with their aged residents is unusual.
The programme has seen students in their early twenties sharing lives with residents in their eighties and nineties. As part of their volunteer agreement, the students also spend time teaching residents new skills – like how to email, use social media, Skype, and even graffiti art.”
Research links loneliness to mental decline and increased mortality, and regular social interaction with friends and family has been found to improve health in older adults.