Open not Closed: Community-based Living Lab as Regional Welfare Management Method

Mika Yasuoka, Atsunobu Kumura

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Omuta is a typical rapidly aging city with the third biggest aging ratio in Japan (2018). 15 years ago, local citizens expressed their worries of people with dementia who lost their way and failed to be found for a long time. Helping people with dementia who wanders became one of the most urgent problems together with other worries such as an increase in isolated deaths among the cityʼs elderly. Omuta conducted diverse experimental initiatives, together with people with dementia, local care institutions, industries, municipality, and citizens, which made substantial achievements
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventConference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 14 May 201916 May 2019


ConferenceConference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
OtherThe conference will cover approaches, technologies and services in support of active and healthy aging. Care professionals, developers, suppliers and scientists will be invited to share ideas and results from developing and implementing solutions for prevention, rehabilitation, empowerment of and care for older adults. Experts from Europe, North America and Asia will report on recent developments, achievements within socio-technical efforts to improve care as well as ethical dilemmas between the duty to protect privacy and the duty to empower and provide care for often frail elderly citizens.
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