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Norway hiring 'joy spreaders' to make life a breeze for elderly
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Young people who want to join in fun summer activities in Norway can find work as spreaders of joy.

hverdens beste mma utøver This year will be the fourth time the Bjønnesåsen residential and activity centre in Nøtterøy, south of Oslo, is looking to bring in a team of 16-17 year-olds to share the gladness during the school holidays.

hong kong opera house “We began doing this in 2013 because we could see that several of our residents would benefit from extra visits when a lot of the staff were on holiday,” quality of life coordinator Berit Nysteen told broadcaster NRK.

barsaat bana lo video Many of the regular staff are away during the summer period, living residents without somebody to keep them company or go out into the fresh air with.

kjent havneby egypt “Our young joy spreaders go out with the elderly residents on cycle rides, play board games or barbecue in the garden. Our experience with the young people has been so good that we have also offered them work on the 17th of May [Norway's national day, ed.] and Christmas Eve,” Nysteen said.

glemte betale pygg oslo 89-year-old Arne Johan Carlsen, one of the centre's residents, who lost his wife three years ago, told NRK that talking to the young helpers added a bit of cheer to life at the centre.

langintervall versus kortintervall “The visits are rather enjoyable. When the youngsters come and ask if I would like to join, I say ‘yes' straightaway,” he said.

stikke fingern i halsen “Last year they arranged a wheelchair race and I won a medal, but I mainly enjoy singing or eating waffles and chatting a bit,” Carlsen continued.

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gangsta name generator “I've not heard of anything, but of course it's possible that there's something similar,” she told the broadcaster.

emeril lagasse footwear The coordinator added that one of the aims of the initiative was to bring other parts of society into the centre.

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anubis egyptisk gud Carlsen added that the visits from the youth offered something different to regular visits from family.

sir richard attenborough “It really helps one's humour to receive a visit. I think it's quite splendid,” he said.

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