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Experiences of Japanese aged care: the pursuit of optimal health and cultural engagement


Annear, MJ and Otani, J and Sun, J, Experiences of Japanese aged care: the pursuit of optimal health and cultural engagement, Age and Ageing, 45, (6) pp. 753-756. ISSN 0002-0729 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/ageing/afw144


Japan is a super-ageing society that faces pressures on its aged care system from a growing population of older adults. Naturalistic observations were undertaken at eight aged care facilities in central and northern Japan to explore how aged care is configured. Four aspects of contemporary provision were identified that offer potential gains in quality of life and health. The Japanese government mandates that aged care facilities must employ a qualified nutritionist to oversee meal preparation, fostering optimal dietary intake. A concept of life rehabilitation seeks to maximise physical and cognitive performance, with possible longevity gains. Low staff to resident ratios are also mandated by the Japanese government to afford residents high levels of interpersonal care. Finally, Japanese facilities prioritise experiences of seasonality and culture, connecting frail older people to the world beyond their walls.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:older people, Japan, care provision, population ageing, aged care facility
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
ID Code:112672
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-11-23
Last Modified:2017-12-06

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