Kaigo yobo interventions: the state of the art and future challenges in Japan

Invitation to WKC forum, 21 March 2012

The Wisdom Years WHO & UNU

This year’s theme for World Health Day is Ageing and Health: Good Health Adds Life to Years. Japan is acknowledged as a world leader on the issue with many countries eager to learn how Japan has managed to maintain such a healthy population while undergoing rapid ageing, and how today’s actions will help the Japan of the future.

  • In 2000, Japan adopted the Long-term Care (kaigo) Insurance (hoken) Act (ho).
  • Six years later, an amendment was made to the Act which required local governments to implement programmes for kaigo yobo, i.e. the prevention of functional decline and long-term dependence on care.
  • Since then, local governments have been implementing various programmes aimed at health promotion, maintenance and rehabilitation of older adults living in the community, including interventions focusing on physical activity, oral health and nutrition.

Taking advantage of its location in Japan, the WHO Kobe Centre has partnered with Japanese experts to study these interventions and policies in an effort to identify lessons learned about healthy ageing that could be shared with the broader global community.

The findings from the research conducted this past year at the WHO Kobe Centre on the topic of kaigo yobo interventions and metrics for evaluation will be shared at a special public forum in Kobe, with discussions on the future opportunities and challenges for kaigo yobo in Japan.

Keynote speaker is Dr Ichiro Kai, Professor of Social Gerontology of The University of Tokyo, who will also take part in a discussion on his perspective of Ageing and Health in Japan.

We invite you to participate in this free public forum which will have important significance for health officials, public health practitioners, researchers, students and the general public – of any age!


Research briefs

1. Systematic review of the effectiveness of kaigo yobo interventions

Dr Kanako Masuno, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

2. Towards effective management of kaigo yobo programmes

Ms Yumi Kimura, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

3. The utility of the healthy life expectancy indicator

Ms Yumi Kimura, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

Keynote presentation

Evaluation of kaigo yobo programmes: findings from a national survey of local governments

Dr Ichiro Kai, Professor of Social Gerontology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, 21 March, 14:00-16:00

PLACE: Hyogo Josei Koryukan, Room #501


FEE: Free

LANGUAGE: Japanese

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WHO Kobe Centre Cooperating Committee
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