In this webinar, Emi Kiyota, PhD, explores how she works to create socially integrated and resilient cities where elders are engaged and able to actively participate in their communities. Dr. Kiyota introduces the “Ibasho” approach, which challenges perceptions about aging and the social role of elders. This approach derives from the meaning of Ibasho – a Japanese word that means a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose and is accepted as oneself.

The additional topics are covered:

1. How to value elders as assets and empower them to be active participants in the community.

2. How to include elders as “change agents” and catalysts that strengthen social capital and make their communities more resilient.

3. How to change the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations.

4. How to adapt Ibasho into communities, long-term care, and community-based care environments.