December 5, 2009

JAPAN: Tokyo Conference Promotes Healthy Aging

. TOKYO, Japan / USC News / Global / December 5, 2009 By Athan Bezaitis USC Davis School of Gerontology Dean Gerald C. Davison delivered the keynote address at a major conference on healthy aging at the Yamano College of Aesthetics in Tokyo, Japan. USC Davis Dean Gerald C. Davison was the keynote speaker at the Yamano College of Aesthetics in Japan. More than 500 people attended the Oct. 25 event billed by one organizing faculty member as “a watershed for gerontology in Japan and a virtual milestone in the history of aging research in the country. “Strengthening ties between Japan, the country with the globe’s longest-living population of older adults with the world’s first and largest school dedicated to the study of aging is something we are proud to be involved in,” he said. At the event, Davison discussed how the aging revolution affects societies in the United States, Japan and throughout other developed and developing nations. “Today, seniors are the world’s fastest-growing population,” he said. “Policy experts, psychologists, physicians, business professionals, social workers, scientists, academics, people in health care, travel, leisure and personal care industries will all be called upon to serve and support older adults.” To meet this challenge, Davison called for greater effort in teaching students and citizens as a whole about the effects of an aging society, conducting basic and applied research in gerontology, and providing evidence-based assistance to older adults. He offered the unique curriculum of the USC Davis School as a model for preparing students to build the worldwide infrastructure needed to support the aging population of tomorrow. In order for this to happen, “older adults need to be valued not shunned,” he said. “In the U.S., we can learn something from the values of the Japanese, who have always known that older adults constitute a group of people who are rich in resources and capable of making significant contributions to society.” [rc] Source: USC, Los Angeles