Mio Ito, R.N., Ph.D.
Kazunori Kikuchi, C.S.W., M.A.
Motonaga A. Kojima, P.T. C.S.W., Ph.D.
Long-term care insurance, care management, elderly abuse,
oldest-old people, psychological adaptation, care for
elderly with dementia, rehabilitation, community promotion
Our research theme is aiming to explore measures to
provide quality home care that implement the core
perspectives of “support for older persons,” “support for
caregivers,” and “support for the community”.
According to a national survey, 14,889 older adults were
abused by their home care-givers. To eliminate such abuse,
our research team developed a checklist of signs of home
abuse or neglect for community living individuals. We also
developed educational programs to support professionals
working at community-based support centers and local
governments. The research outcome was utilized in a brochure
published by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
identify what care is adequate for old-old adults, we are
also studying gerotranscendence, transformational
personality development in a later phase of our lives.
Despite the image of older age as characterized merely by
decline, research has shown that psychological development
occurs well into later life. Our project involves (a)
developing an assessment tool to capture whether and how
old-old adults experience gerotranscendence and (b)
discovering environmental factors associated with the
experience of gerotranscendence. By doing so, we seek to
better understand the viewpoint of older adults including
the types of care they need.
Our research interests
are widely spreading, including rehabilitation, care for
dementia patients, and community empowerment. We study each
issue with our multi-disciplinary team.