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Dutch Nursing Combats Social Isolation And Depression Among The Elderly

The Challenge: 

The Question: 

How can we bring bridge a generation between the young and the elderly in benefit of care?

The Problem: 

How can we combat social isolation and loneliness in the elderly and increase mortality?

The Solution: 

Intergenerational Living- keeping costs reasonable and providing an engaging lifestyle and improving quality of life.


This is a beautiful story.

In an effort to save on rent, some Dutch college students are living at nearby nursing homes. In exchange for 30 monthly volunteer hours, the students get free housing in vacant rooms.

It seems to be a win-win for everybody. Not only are the students living in better accommodations than student housing and not racking up as much student debt, but they’re providing a better quality of life for the eldest residents by socializing, helping them with tasks, and teaching them tech-savvy skills like using email, social media and Skype. The bonding created from spending time together is incredibly important for everyone. Social relationships are key to human well-being and in the maintenance of health. The intergenerational living model started in 2012, with a few more nursing homes follow.  Regular social interaction is necessary for mental health as well as social interaction.

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Thanks @Maria, I wanted to point you to this longer conversation where the Humanitas Center came up too. Do you have any personal thoughts on this that you might share there to the others interested in this topic? It will be good to read you.


Maria's picture

@Noemi I just read the conversation you mentioned. I will indeed add my thoughts on the one in progress. :)