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Why these university students love living with seniors

'It's weird to say, "My roommate, who is 92," says 23-year old participant in university co-housing program.

Sep 12, 2018

The laughter comes quick and easy at 73-year-old Constance Jain's cozy home in Hamilton. And her roommate, Tafadzwa Machipisa, is a big reason why.

"Tafadzwa is very easy to get along with," Jain said. "She's just full of joy, and she's always interested in current events and things that I'm interested in."

The comfortable banter between the pair makes it seem like they've been friends for years despite the fact they've only known each other about 12 months — and were born 46 years apart.

Machipisa is a 27-year-old student from Zimbabwe studying medicine at McMaster University.

The two women have been brought together by a housing program that matches university students with seniors living alone in the community, an idea that has become increasingly popular in other cities and one that experts say can have significant health benefits for the elderly.

Read the full article on CBC news.