Social Segregation between the young & elderly a recurring problem

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Report suggests measures such as care home sharing schemes to correct the issue

Young spouses receiving irritated senior neighbor at doorway

A research in the UK has called for care homes to open its doors to the student population looking for accommodation. The suggestion comes after it was discovered that older individuals living in care homes are becoming increasingly distant from the younger generation with little to almost no interaction with anyone apart from their families. The report termed this phenomenon as ‘inter-generational apartheid’.

In an effort to combat the issue at hand, students seeking a place to stay could be provided with accommodation at care homes, where they can help out with daily chores and interact with elderly occupants in exchange for subsidized rent. While schemes that encourage the sharing of homes have become popular in other parts of Europe, they’re yet to take off in the UK. The schemes have proven successful because it provides a solution to two important problems plaguing the society today. On one hand students can save up on living expenses and afford expensive tuition fees, and on the other hand elderly residents can network with the students to counter their loneliness and help fight ageism.

The growing rift between generations in the UK recently manifested itself in the form of blatant contrast in political ideology, when nearly 75% of individuals’ aged 18-24 voted to remain in the recent EU referendum and more than half of those who belong to the age group of 65 and above voted to leave.

Here’s hoping going forward, steps are taken to end the age apartheid prevalent in the UK society where the average Briton has 56 per cent less contact with younger age groups than would be likely if there was no societal isolation. Lives that are often lived in parallel can be integrated for the greater benefit of the society.

 

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