Yoshinori Fujiwara, M.D., Ph.D.
This research team has two goals: first, to promote the productivity of senior citizen, and second, to promote healthy aging of senior citizen.
Productivity denotes productive behaviors such as paid work, volunteering, mutual help among neighbors or friends and housework. The super-aged society needs to promote the productivity of senior citizens. For achieving the aim, the team conducts an observational prospective study on a national sample of Japanese elderly, and develops an intergenerational program to boost social capital and a multiphase system to tackle the issue of elder's social isolation in community.
To promote healthy aging in later life, the team conducts a community-based intervention as well as an observational epidemiologic study, both of which focus on frailty in later life. The research is devoted to develop an effective social system for preventing frailty, which will expectedly present a model for other municipalities, eventually leading to further extension of healthy life expectancy. The team also evaluates healthy aging in terms of socio-economic aspects and determines the rationale of health policy such as the extension of healthy life expectancy. Research results will help establish health policy regarding social participation and contribution, and health promotion for senior citizens.