Learn how social engagement and inclusivity supports healthy aging in Japan
Approximately 28% of Japan’s present population is 65 or over. It is expected that by 2030, one out of every three people will be elderly. On this course, you’ll consider the challenges of an aging population, and discover why this super-aging society does not lack vitality.
You will explore the concept of healthy aging from a scientific and healthcare perspective, and identify the impact of social engagement for aging populations. You’ll also learn the policies surrounding age-inclusivity in Japan, and discover how the government and communities are supporting their aging society together.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 – What is the Super-Aged Society?
- The concept of healthy aging.
- The mechanisms of healthy longevity from a scientific and medical perspective.
- An overview of three components of support for healthy aging: services, communities and policies.
Week 2 – Healthy Aging and Healthcare Service
- Various kinds of support for individuals’ healthy aging through care services and technology.
- How to prevent decline in function due to aging and compensating for it when it does occur.
Week 3 – Healthy Aging and Social Engagement
- Case studies of support for social engagement by local communities.
- How to enable the elderly to participate in society with a sense of purpose, even whilst aging.
Week 4 – How to promote an Inclusive Society
- Policies working toward an age-inclusive society.
- Various initiatives that are underway in Japan through joint efforts by the government, the private sector, and academia.
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for policy makers, carers, educators and researchers engaged in elderly care.
It will also be useful for anyone interested in living as a healthy older person and anyone considering technological or business development to support the elderly.
Who developed the course?
Keio University is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and since 1858 has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine.