Current Institutional Affiliation
Professor, Sociology, Toyo University

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1993
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Researcher, Health Sociology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Health Gerontology
Supportive Systems Which Promote Elderly Persons' Independence: A Study of Their Structure and Prospects

This study aims to study American grassroots movements for the elderly which are now rather well developed. By comparing this data with similar data I have collected in Japan, I will attempt to establish the following two points: 1: To deduce common principles applicable to both cultures for organizing social environments supportive of independence among senior citizens. 2. To investigate American elderly's attitude toward "independence". By comparing these attitude with those of the Japanese, I will surmise the prospects for the further development of these types of voluntary movements in Japan.