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What Dianne is Reading – Why Do People Live Longer in Japan?

In this feature of the Genki Living® blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week. Our good friend, Dr. Tom Yoshikawa, geriatrics physician and former Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, recently sent me an…

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My Experience Attending a Parkinson Support Group

Medical school is full of new challenges and surprises, but one surprise I was not anticipating was that I would be the only Japanese American student in my entire medical school class at UC Irvine. UCI is known for having a prominent Asian American presence amongst its undergrad population so I found it unusual that…

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NCI Intern Day: Keiro Site Visit

What do you enjoy most in life? I enjoy seeing family and friends on a Sunday morning at church. I enjoy waiting in airports in anticipation to travel across the world to a new country or coming home after a great adventure. I enjoy spontaneously driving to coffee shops or museums to read or study.…

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Why I Volunteer and Still Call the Facilities “Keiro” – Part 2

By Guest Blogger June Aochi Berk For me personally, I believe that being with these ladies at the retirement home formerly owned by Keiro (soon to be known as Sakura Gardens) has helped to keep me energized and active both in heart and spirit.  It’s a privilege to volunteer at Keiro Retirement Home (soon to be known…

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Why I Volunteer and Still Call the Facilities “Keiro” – Part 1

By Guest Blogger June Aochi Berk A few years ago I happened to see a documentary by Diane Estelle Vicari, “Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness” which tells the powerful story of Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s consul to Lithuania in 1940. At great risk to his career, his life and the lives of his family, defying Tokyo, Sugihara issued…