Amsterdam was short of 9,000 student rooms in 2014 alone, while two years earlier, the Dutch government cut care funding for people over 80.
Those two shortages prompted Humanitas to come up with this cheap way of providing better care, and company, for their residents.
JORDI PRONK (Translation): Sometimes I am dating and I take somebody home at a certain point.
There are two residents that I always have to visit if I have a new girlfriend.
“Things are a lot more fun when we're all together,” Annie says as Jurrien shows her how to use Facebook on her tablet. you consider them like your own family.” “What I see from the elderly is that they really enjoy the little things,” Jurrien explains.
“So that it’s not only about death, sickness and old age, but also about youth, about parties, about girlfriends.” In fact, a lot of the talk here revolves around sex! “I escorted her home like a gentleman.” “They sometimes like to flirt with a young guy,” another student Jordi Pronk tells Aaron.It was the CEO's Gea Sijpkes’s idea to offer the students rooms at Humanitas and all she asked in return is that the students spend at least 30 hours a month acting neighbourly to the senior residents. JOKE VAN BEEK (Translation): Oh, then you were a good boy! It’s great, he came to see me and it clicked right away.