In Japan, the government and markets worry about their power reduction because of the effects of long-term depopulation. Neighborhood communities are expected to perform functions complementary, or as a substitution to the government and markets.
Our project is aimed to develop support technologies for community-activities and organizations to be challenge a the super-aging society of 2030.
Since September 2012, we’ve researched and have been developing supportive skills for organizing a functional integrated community as a life-infrastructure in a super-aged society for 2030.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Handout of our project is now available on this website.
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The goals and objectives of our project is to develop “supportive skills” for empowering reciprocal objectives of stakeholders towards a super-aging future through social experiments in the fields.
＜Community spotlight: The city of Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)＞———-
■The school district “Miwadai” is a suburban community which is composed of detached housings. The social experiment of a community bus is challenging here.
They are preparing to network the community center, the residence association, hospitals, schools, and corporations to provide life-support services.
■The school district “Kanayama” is a mixture of residential area collective and detached housings. They are trying to provide a hangout-spot for the community to prevent the death of living alone.
■The school district “Teriha” is organizing a council among the hospitals, the facilities for the elderly, developing corporations, and NPO’s in order to realize a concept of the Future Healthy City. Instead of hiring from outside, they are organizing volunteers from the community to help promote healthy lifestyles in the facilities for the elderly (the residence).
Our research groups are developing programs for community coordinators, who might be volunteers, organization staffs or administrators, to challenge towards a super-aging future through “the collaboration forum”; innovating community strategies through seminars for collaborations, and matching them with activities/organizations in experimental fields.
Also we are assessing “a platform of the intermediary functions” for constructing the functional integration of communities in a super-aging society through experimental networking among community coordinators, administrators, and the collaboration forum.
Through the development of supportive skills, results such as the following can be expected:
- Communities which are experimental fields will be able to organize comprehensive partnerships between neighborhood communities and new stakeholders beyond generational, industrial and regional differences.
- Every corporation which might be a private company, health and social service provider, educational school, will challenge open innovations to cope with social needs of communities for a super aging society.
- Local government will be able to establish for intermediary programs to support activities/organizations of new initiatives for neighborhood communities beyond a bureaucratic structure. Our hope is that this program will be available for other communities.
The Fukuoka City Social Welfare Council is developing the idea to implement a system of appointing Community Coordinators to work as both “community social workers“ and “life support coordinators” of a Long-term Care Insurance System.
Redesigning Communities for Aged Society _ Community Design by Functional Integration for 2030. ＜CategoryⅡ＞http://www.ristex.jp/korei/en/02project/prj_h24_15.html
＜Public Needs- Overview＞———-
Japan has the greatest longevity of any country in the world. At present, senior citizens (age 65+) account for 23% of the population in Japan.
By 2030, this number is expected to increase to one third of the population. Particularly, people aged 75 and older will increase rapidly.
Since there is no precedent for this situation anywhere in the world, it is hard to predict what types of problems are likely to occur. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to accurately assess the current situation, identify problems, and conduct research to find solutions to the problems.
However, it is difficult to resolve the problems of an aging society through individual efforts.
Many of the problems require a multi-disciplinary perspective, which takes into consideration the psychological, physical, and social status of a senior citizen.
Exploring a problems resolution from various perspectives, including the humanities and the social sciences, will lead to more effective models for the aging society.
＊Reference; JST-RESTEX http://www.ristex.jp/korei/en/01outline/index.html
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