Preventing falls

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • One in four Americans age 65 and older falls each year. • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. • Falls are the leading cause of […]

Ikigai during a pandemic

This time of year usually marks the height of the annual fair, festival and bazaar circuit, when Nikkei families and friends travel near and far to get their “fix” of favorites, such as teriyaki burgers, “the best” teriyaki chicken, steaming bowls of udon or manju with a modern twist. For many, annual cultural and community […]

Keeping an elder loved one connected to culture

These are tough times to find a place for a loved one who needs to be in assisted living or a nursing facility. Even along the West Coast, where most of the Japanese American population is clustered, residential facilities that specialized in Japanese seniors have closed or sold to new owners, and have switched to […]

iPads for Issei, Nintendos for Nisei, and smartphones for Sansei

National Geographic recently named San Jose’s Japantown, located in Silicon Valley, one of the top 26 friendliest neighborhoods in the country. But within and surrounding this welcoming community many older adults are still socially isolated.  In fact, according to the AARP Foundation, one in five Americans 65 and older are socially isolated, which means “this […]

NEW GENERATION, NEW NEEDS: Senior organizations on serving Sansei

When young Sansei came together to form senior service organizations in the 1970s, the organizations primarily served the elderly Issei, Japanese immigrants who otherwise did not have access to culturally sensitive services. Today, many Sansei are now coming of age to qualify for the services they set up, but their reliance on these services differ […]

Keiro Northwest closes its Seattle nursing facility

Keiro Northwest, Seattle’s largest and oldest Asian Pacific Islander senior care program, recently closed its main nursing facility and other programs for senior citizens after a decade of declining revenues and changes in the nation’s health care system. Founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans to care for their elderly in a culturally sensitive and […]

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 […]

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