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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 23, 2020
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Anja M
Anja M12 days ago
Like you wrote before, perhaps the problem would be that not every elderly person could be adopted due to the special care they would need and that not anyone can provide, or at least can provide that long-term as they would need. But, maybe some "middle gorund" solution can be possible. Just now I remembered I read somewhere a couple of years ago that in Paris, due to a large number of students for whom the nuber of eligible dorms is not enough, and quite costly monthly expenses should they decide to rent a flat, they started sort of an agency which connects the elderly living alone and students. They don't pay rent, you give a fixed amount of money for some shared bills (but definitely smaller than if you lived on your own), but the whole relationship functions on a sort of a mutual agreement. E.g. you go buy groceries, take trash, etc. (probably all the things the older person cannot do as swiftly as before) and in return are provided with accommodation, food, etc. I cannot remember everything in details, I will post a link if I find it.
Maybe this idea can function on the same principle: both of you have to meet certain criteria before you can get to be a potential "match". This may exclude the elderly in need of a special daily care where medical assistance of a sort would be more appropriate, but I don't think that would present much of a loss, since there would still be many of those who are alone and would love company. On the other hand, I am curious to know how many younger people would find the idea attractive enough. Most of the people love their grandparents, but can also get easily annoyed on those petty levels when they would prefer to tell you a story at length, or ask you many questions. This irritation often happens when we reach puberty and are older.

However, a nice and humane idea in general. :)
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni5 days ago
Anja M I like the idea. It solves some of the issues both students and the elderly face. A problem (may not be big) I see is that the students will leave after they get their degrees, which is in about 4 or 5 years. The elderly will have to look for and adapt to a new student every time. Also, there might be a gap between two students, which might be haunting. Reliability may also be an issue. Small breaks are fine but the students may go home in long breaks and more importantly, during the festive seasons. Being alone during a festive season may be one of the worst things for the elderly. Filling these lonely gaps is not easy. Other than that, nice idea!
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Anja M
Anja Ma day ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni Yes, I see what you are aiming at and I agree. On the other hand, who knows, maybe it is beneficial since people in these contexts can get tired of each other more easily. Sometimes even the elderly more than the young ones. So maybe it can even be refreshing. Although the older you get such changes are usually more stressful and depressing. It seems this is only for some age between ~55-70, I mean, more suitable for it, and people not in need of some serious medical care can be eligible for applying to the programme.
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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce4 months ago
Great cool idea!

Since the main objective is to eliminate loneliness (and not just the economical factor) another problem could be that very often if the elder has an actual home, he/she would probably rather not to leave it.
I think it would be cool if this is the case, the adopter actually goes to live with the elder.
It even solves the eventual economical problems of the adopter.
To solve the "the elder may die from one day to another one" problem, it can be decided before they start that the house is gonna be usable by the adopter for X time after the elder death, so the adopter can organize him/her self out.
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Povilas S
Povilas S4 months ago
I think this is a great idea. The main problem I see is that many elders (who would need adoption the most) have physical or more importantly mental dysfunctions and have been placed in elderly care often by their own families. And they won't grow up like kids, they will need care till their death. Also, those elders who are still healthy and clearheaded enough but live alone can develop those conditions later, so there's this kind of responsibility coming with adoption because first adopting and then giving to a retirement home is a bit ironic for lack of a better word.