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Dutch Retirement Home Offers Students Free Rent For Time Spent With Elderly Residents

Humanitas, a social service organization in the Netherlands, has come up with a brilliant model for helping students with their expenses and the elderly with the care and social interaction that they need to remain physically and psychologically healthy. In return for free lodging at a retirement home in the Dutch town of Deventer, six students will spend at least 30 hours a month with the 160 elderly residents living there, doing anything from helping prepare their meals and shopping with/for them to teaching them to use computers or even paint street art!

The program, spearheaded by Humanitas Deventer CEO Gea Sijpkes, has inspired social organizations elsewhere in Europe to explore similar opportunities as well!

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Students get free housing for spending time with elders at the retirement home

The students spend at least 30 hours a month eating, talking, shopping or even playing games with them

“It’s important not to isolate the elderly from the outside world,” said Gea Sijpkes, Humanitas Deventer CEO

“When you’re 96 years old with a knee problem, well, the knee isn’t going to get any better…”

“But what we can do is create an environment where you forget about the painful knee”


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The Onion Just Launched A Marvelous Business News Section

via Business Insider: 


Fresh from the success of convincing China’s biggest newspaper that Kim Jong Un was, in fact, “the sexiest man alive,” The Onion has started a new business news section.

Best of all, the section is led by The Onion’s “longtime” advertising columnist, Hammond Morris (sample headline: “Please Click On Our Website’s Banner Ads“).

The launch sponsor is Adobe, in a campaign that carries the banner, “Onion special report: Kowtowing to the almighty dollar.”


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