Preparing for the World’s Aging Population

A story on the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times discussed Japan’s population, its declining numbers and increasing aging, noting that 39% of its population will be 65 and over in 30 years. (In the U.S. about one-fifth of the population will be 65+ by the year 2030.) The writer pointed out that, “though demographers have long anticipated the transformation Japan is now facing, the county only now seems to be sobering up to the epic metamorphosis at hand.”

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Since 2000 Keiro has been actively engaged in discussions, programming, and spearheading collaborative efforts to support the needs of Our Community’s Japanese American and Japanese older adults who choose to live at home.

In 2011 Keiro convened government leaders, population experts, gerontologists, and others at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at USC for a half-day Healthy Aging Summit, highlighting wellness as a global aging solution. To read the white paper and view presentations please click this link.

Beginning in 2010, Kohoen Social Community Service, an organization in Japan offering care services, including support for seniors, through independent living, assisted living, nursing home, adult day-care center, home-care support centers, home help and child day care services, reached out to Keiro to begin a relationship that has included meetings and tours of health care facilities in the U.S. annually.  In May this year, Keiro met with Kohoen’s executive vice president Ko Hiroe, MD, PhD. He shared his perspectives on a shift away from facility-based care to home-care and commented on the many parallels in the aging experience between Japan and the U.S.

Click here to read the Conversation with Dr. Hiroe along with an article in Japanese by Hiromi Nakaoji.

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Recognizing the demographic and public policy shifts occurring in the U.S., as well as all over the world and very prominently in Japan, Keiro is expanding our reach from a focus on long term health care facilities to broadly engaging and supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. Keiro provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of Keiro’s former facilities—helping older adults in Our Community to age the way they choose.

The name “Keiro” – respect for the elderly – symbolizes the organization’s founding commitment to supporting the seniors in the Japanese American community live with the dignity and compassion which they surely deserved.  And as long as there are seniors in the Japanese American and Japanese community who require a culturally sensitive approach to support, Keiro’s commitment to enhancing the quality of their lives will continue. Keiro is outlining our New Vision Framework in a six-part series. Click here to read more.

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