Reason: This research will help bridge the cultural gaps in aging studies. Japan is on the forefront of our aging world and we need to take this opportunity to learn from their experiences. This research will primarily focus on the differences in our approach to a similar problem and how that may be affected by differing cultures.
Problem: Lack of comparison material on the international approaches to Age-Friendly Cities.
Methodology: Compared Baseline Assessment Reports from each city for their interview questions and methods. I then compared how the results affected their priorities in their Action plans. Finally, I interviewed with a cultural expert to clarify any cultural significance.
Results: Columbus’s focus went primarily to actions that could be solved through city environment changes because that’s where they found the greatest need. However, Akita had little to no concerns about housing and transportation in comparison. This drastic difference is both affected by the cultural difference and economic differences.
Implications: As Columbus’s aging population inches towards that of Akita’s, we need to find solid solutions around housing and transportation. Akita offers a great example for our future goals as an Aging city.
Alexandria McBride, The Ohio State University, United States
About the Presenter(s)
Mrs. Alexandria McBride, is a student assistant researcher with Columbus Age-Friendly Innovation Center and The Ohio State University College of Social Work. She has a B.S. in Health Sciences and is getting a 2nd Bachelors in Japanese.
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