P027
Considering ideas and practices to create "age-friendly communities" (NME/Commission on Aging and the Aged panel)

Convenors:
Nanami Suzuki (National Museum of Ethnology)
Discussant:
Jason Danely (Rhode Island College), Erika Takahashi (Chiba University), Ender Ricart (University of Chicago), Mari Kagaya (National Museum of Ethnology)
Location:
201 B
Start time:
16 May, 2014 at 13:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Based on the viewpoint of research on aging that the environment which meets older adults' diverse needs leads a vision of "age-friendly communities" where multi-generations live together, we examine the initiative for creating such environment, focusing on people's developing cultural resources.

Long abstract:

As the design of an aging society in the 21st century, based on the viewpoint of research on aging that the environment which meets older adults' various hopes and needs leads to the concept of an "age-friendly community" in which diverse people live together, we examine elements indispensable to the community creation in which older adults live in peace and satisfaction. Challenges of an aging society include those elements where older adults can select a place to live from various options, change the place easily when they need more help to realize their hopes, and use various resources and support networks to enrich their ever changing lives. However, if we take notice of experiences of people who should either change their living place or move to survive, for example, in a disaster area losing the foundation of a life, or in depopulated villages in which the younger generation are expected to return to take care of the region, it is clear that both older adults and younger people should cooperate to create a community by discovering and sharing cultural resources toward producing a new culture. The Presentations in this panel will consider the elements that constitute the environment where people of various cultural backgrounds can live satisfactorily together by examining people's ideas and practice to create a new culture by discovering and sharing cultural resources through interaction, rather than excluding or only trying to include newcomers to the existing culture by giving unilateral support.