Student Onno Selbach interacts with two nursing home residents at Humanitas in the Netherlands. Selbach helped create an intergenerational program there that offers students rent-free housing. (Photo courtesy of Humanitas)
By Carey Reed
April 5, 2015
A nursing home in the Netherlands allows college students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents under two conditions: Be a good neighbor and do not be a nuisance to the seniors. The students are required to do a variety of activities with the older residents, including watching sports, celebrating birthdays and offering companionship when seniors fall ill. The program is aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.