Ibasho | San Francisco Village


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4/18/2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PT

This lecture introduces the “Ibasho” approach that challenges perceptions about aging and the social role of elders. This approach derives from a meaning of Ibasho– a Japanese term meaning a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose, and is accepted as oneself. This Ibasho approach recognizes elders as valuable assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative expectations. With elders actively engaged, Ibasho project in Japan has been operational for five years and the space is building social capital and resilience.

Dr. Emi Kiyota is the founder of the international non-profit Ibasho and a current Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute. She consults to numerous age-friendly design projects for senior housing, hospitals, and clinical-care centers in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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