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In return, they agree to spend at least 30 hours a month socialising with the older residents.
“Students struggle to find housing in the Netherlands, especially in big cities,” Jurrien tells Dateline's Aaron Lewis.
“But it happens, it doesn’t worry me.” “She wished me a good life, to get the most out of it,” Jurrien says of a former 105-year-old neighbour shortly before she passed away. He paints and creates craft projects like this table he made from a piano crate. JORDI PRONK: My grandfather and my grandmother when I was younger. The students all told me that living here was nothing like you'd expect.
“It’s a nice feeling to help them find their final moments of happiness.” See the full story at the top of the page, plus also catch up on Insight's discussion on aged care in Australia Like most of us, I'm afraid of getting old and of the loneliness that seems to come with old age. REPORTER: And you do that a lot with the residents? JURRIEN MENTINK, HUMANITAS RESIDENT (Translation): I was lucky to be one of the first students to apply, but I didn’t know that at the time. JORDI PRONK (Translation): It’s most important that we can all be ourselves and so we all interact in different ways with the residents.
Many Dutch students in and around Amsterdam today can't find a room to rent at all. Despite the age gap, Jurrien and Joke's friendship has a dynamic that often seems like it's between two teenagers. How Jurrien spends his 30 hours a month of service is up to him.
JOKE VAN BEEK, HUMANITAS RESIDENT (Translation): You were very quite, but I saw that you came in late with a pretty girl. His official title isn't staff or volunteer, it's good neighbour.
But that it's also about youth, about parties, about girlfriends.
JURRIEN MENTINK (Translation): Exactly, she was pretty, wasn’t she? JURRIEN MENTINK (Translation): I really like these people are super.
And I am reminded over and over that they are just normal people.
At Humanitas good neighbour somehow means being part local, part-friend, part-grandchild, part-social worker, part-healthcare provider, and some days it means teaching an 84-year-old woman to play beer pong.
ANNIE MIDDELBURG, HUMANITAS RESIDENT (Translation): Last week the game with the little balls was so much fun. Ten cups on one side, ten cups on the other side which they half-fill with beer...