R&D ProjectsDeveloping a Multi-layered and Intergenerational System of Cooperation in Community
Team Leader, Research Team for Social Participation and Community Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
General Description of the Research Project
It is a challenge for all local municipalities in Japan to secure resources and manpower to take care of diverse and complex needs of child-rearing families as well as increasing needs of middle-and-old-aged families. However, they have not been so successful due to the fragmented administrative system and potential intergenerational conflict as people tend to seek the benefits for their own generations.
This project aims for realization of a community where all generations share the joy of healthy child-rearing by fostering “Generativity” that will create new values and cultures and pass them on to future generations. Specifically, we will develop an intergenerational system of local mutual aids, consisting of three layers: formation of a loose support network of daily greetings; development of various means and platforms that match demand and support for child and elderly care; and support for civic participation through developing intergenerational places and activity programs.