Escrow closes but criticism of Keiro sale continues

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare, which in early February finalized the sale of its four facilities to a for-profit real estate developer, looked beyond criticism from activists opposed to the transaction and declared Keiro’s intention to go forward with programs to benefit local Japanese American seniors. Gary Kawaguchi, Keiro’s chairman of the board, told […]

The spirit of serving the community

The annual Kimochi Spirit Awards, held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown May 16, featured an afternoon of recognition and music. Kimochi Inc., which provides culturally sensitive assistance to seniors and their caregivers, honored those who have supported the organization and the greater Japantown community. Kimochi presented its Associate Director Steve Ishii […]

Report suggests JA seniors likely to live longer than other Americans

LOS ANGELES — Nearly one in four “Japanese Americans are 65 and older — nearly twice the proportion of seniors in the overall U.S. population,” a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research funded by Keiro Senior HealthCare says, citing 2010 Census data. The study found that Japanese Americans are “likelier to […]

A senior citizen’s letter to the future

With a racial and age demographic shift on the horizon, Stanford University launched a mini-fellowship to educate the general public on how they can serve ethnic minority seniors. Through it, gerontologist Laurie Ulrick developed a project for Japanese American seniors to pass on their life experiences and cultural values, but she found that working with […]

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Senior service organizations help sandwich generation care for aging parents

In the United States, the typical caregiver is a 48-year-old woman providing care for a relative, according to a 2009 report by the American Association of Retired Persons. The report states that 31.2 percent of U.S. households have had at least one person serve as an unpaid caregiver within a year. The “sandwich generation,” adult […]

Chinatown death triggers worries about isolated elders

A tragedy happened in San Francisco’s Chinatown in mid-April. Yee-Shui Mar, age 91, fell from a window in her apartment building. The Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily reported that Mar, who was from Taishan City in Guangdong province, lived alone. She had a married daughter and grandchildren living elsewhere. Mar’s neighbors told Sing Tao that […]

Nikkei bridge the digital, generational divide

Youth and seniors are slowly bridging the gap between the community through a series of workshops that are being held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). The Digital Leadership Program’s classes encourage senior citizens to embrace technology, and allow San Francisco Japantown’s youth to develop their communication skills. The classroom […]

Family of dementia patient files wrongful death suit against conservator, transit agencies

The family of a San Francisco dementia patient who died last year filed a wrongful death suit against transit agencies responsible for his transportation and his conservator for what they call elder abuse and negligence. San Francisco attorney Ingrid Evans announced the litigation in a news conference on Feb. 8 with members of Kenneth Chin’s […]

Keiro celebrates 50 years of caring for Nikkei seniors in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare, the largest nonprofit health care organization serving older Japanese Americans, is celebrating its 50th year of enhancing the quality of life for seniors in the Nikkei community. One in five Japanese Americans is over age 65, almost twice the national average. As the number of senior citizens increases, Keiro, […]

HEALTHY AGING: Senior services for Japanese Americans in California

The Nikkei community is aging, and as Sansei and even Yonsei enter their 60s, aging issues have become all the more urgent. California, with its high concentration of Japanese Americans, has numerous services and entities dedicated to aiding aging seniors through the concept of “Healthy Aging.” The Administration on Aging (AOA), a part of the […]

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