Curbed's Barbara Eldredge takes a look at a new kind of housing model developed by a senior living home in the Netherlands that allows students to live there rent-free as long as they spend at least 30 hours each month with their elder neighbors.
Called Humanitas Deventer, the senior home has been running the program since 2012, and typically has five younger residents living in the center. They've found that over time, the younger and older residents form friendships and improve each others’ lives.
"Learning from each other has become a lot more easier," said Jurriën Mentink, a student resident who has lived at Humanitas for three years. "We teach them how to operate a tablet and use Facebook. We as students bring the outside world in... On their own terms, [the seniors] tell us their own personal war stories."