The Humanitas Deventer nursing home in the Netherlands offers free housing to university students who agree to spend time with the residents. (See article here). The result is a rich personal exchange for everyone involved. We live in a time when many kinds of human interactions once taken for granted must now be consciously created and intergenerational learning and companionship is a particularly important example of this. In the United States we find whole communities segregated by age in ways unknown in the past - suburbs filled with young families, rural towns and retirement developments in Florida occupied exclusively by the elderly, and universities populated by people between 18 and 22. What is lost when we lose our daily connection with the full range of the human life cycle? There is a poignant comment by a student in this article who says that the only downside of the arrangement is that sometimes the residents die. But perhaps this isn't such a downside after all. Why should the important realities of aging and death be hidden away from the young?