This is an accommodation service for students studying in the U.S. that makes good use of Airbnb. In this program, the elderly will give lodging to young people. In return, they will receive a small monetary compensation as well as social delight.
Thank you for your suggestion. Now that you mention it, this kind of service is already common. But how many elderly in the U.S. choose this way as a type of “fun” in their old age? As you said, informing them is one of problems of this program. I thought that it was necessary to rebrand this kind of practice itself and try to change our perception of it. Although I am concerned about the visa problem, if students provide the elderly some help such as shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning, language or skill exchange, it will be a good incentive for the elderly to join this program.
Thank you for your thoughtful question! Basically I think that we try not to depend on digital technology as much as we possibly can, because of their lack of digital literacy. For example, how about a bulletin board? All the elderly has to do is just to write down the following things: 1) his/her name, 2) what he/she wants to teach to youngsters and 3) the date and time of lesson. If there is a bulletin board in a bar or a café that the elderly always go to, younger users of this service can know who is available. In this case, it will be necessary for us to cooperate with a bar or a café though.