There’s a retirement home a few blocks from my apartment with a sign on its front door that reads, in big, bold letters, “VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.”
Whenever I walk by it, I feel a pang of guilt for never having stopped in myself to visit with the residents. I keep saying I will do so Next Time. You know…when I’m not in such a rush. Or when I have a free afternoon. Or whenever my excuse du jour miraculously goes away.
But of course, life keeps happening and I haven’t yet paid those seniors a visit. Not once, I am ashamed to admit.
Stumbling across the video below about this cool program happening in the Netherlands has motivated me to make the aforementioned pitstop a priority. The gist of the video is that non-senior aged people are living rent free alongside senior citizens in exchange for the young bucks’ agreeing to socialize with residents for 30 hours a week.
How cool is that? Give a little of your time to the elderly and have zero rent bills in exchange? And could you imagine what you could learn from being around so many senior citizens every day? I mean, those people have SEEN some stuff. You’d essentially have the wisest, most experienced people on the planet as roommates. It would surely beat living with whatever smelly Craigslist weirdos currently beckoning for your company in cohabitation, no doubt.
Would you ever give such an atypical living arrangement a shot? Let me know in the comments section below.
Patrick needed student housing. Harry could use company.
Now, they’re roomies. pic.twitter.com/0pIG5GhocS
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 15, 2016
Video and cover photo via AJ+.