FANTASTIC VOYAGE: How we care for an aging population

We can calculate life expectancy in several ways, depending on the data we include. But one thing is consistent; any way you calculate it, Japan is always near the top. According to the CIA World Factbook, the life expectancy for females is 87.9 years in Japan and 82.79 years in the U.S. For males, the […]

ACC Senior Services celebrates 50 years in Sacramento

With the formation of Asian American identity during the 1960s student movements, Sacramento’s Asian communities came together in a unique way to serve its seniors. Celebrating 50 years, ACC Senior Services has evolved into a major organization that supports Sacramento’s senior populations, but it was born out of an eclectic mix of community interests and […]

Fighting back against anti-Asian hate

After being a victim of what she described as an anti-Asian verbal incident in August 2020 in Los Angeles that went viral online, Hong Lee decided to take action for the Asian American community. After taking a self-defense class at Box for Change, Los Angeles, Lee began talking to a few friends about how they […]

J-Sei founders reflect on 50 years of the East Bay community institution

J-Sei, a Japanese American social service organization based out of Emeryville, Calif., celebrates its 50th anniversary this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic. As its headquarters reopens for in-person classes, the organization kicked off its milestone celebration via an online program June 18 entitled “Planting the Seeds: A Grassroots Approach to JA Community.” Founded by […]

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

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

Sansei as Seniors“I feel like the Sansei generation are really savvy, and they know they have a lot of different options,” Diane Wong, executive director of J-Sei in Emeryville, Calif., said. Wong added that having culturally sensitive services alone does not attract Sansei to her organization. “I feel like we have to have the quality. […]

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