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Common Cause Between the Generations:
How the young and the old can team up to solve problems for both.

Young students need affordable housing. Many elderly people are isolated, in part because rooms in their homes are empty. These two facts make for a promising partnership.

Homeshare is a UK organization that matches young people with the elderly who have a spare room. The youth, often students, commit to 10 hours a week of helping with household chores and spending time with the elderly person. In exchange, the students pay very low rent.

London has become amongst the most expensive cities on Earth, but it is also home to 40 colleges and universities, leaving many young people with few affordable options for housing. Meanwhile, over 2 million elderly people in the country live alone. According to the UK National Health Service, more than a million of them, “say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend.” Homeshare simultaneously tackles both problems.

Homeshare is just one of many projects that have noticed this common interest. In Holland and Finland, students are invited to live in nursing homes, where they add a dose social energy....Read more




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