Community-Based Initiatives

Innovative, community-based approaches are being developed throughout Asia to address the challenges of aging, using new methods to keep seniors healthy and active and to provide care to those who they need it. Read how communities in Asia are tackling this issue in new ways.

Organization: Health Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
BMA is introducing the concept of preventative long-term care to Thai communities. The program aims to promote physical and mental wellbeing through locomotion training and “cognicise” in almost 70 community sites across Bangkok.
Organization: Bueng Yitho Municipality, Thap Ma Municipality, Thammasat University, Yugawara Municipality, and NOGEZAKA-GLOCAL
Location: Thailand
Bueng Yitho municipality uses a bottom-up grassroots approach to provide a continuum of care for older people with a wide range of needs in their community. Based on the success of their program at the local level, they have developed a framework for disseminating STRONG to other local governments in Thailand.
Organization: National Taiwan University Hospital, Yunlin Branch (NTUHYL)
Location: Taiwan
A model for delivering medical services in rural areas by leveraging existing community activities—i.e., the Yunlin government's congregate meal service (CMS) sites, where people 65 and older can come and receive subsidized meals in a community space. National Taiwan University Hospital's Yunlin Branch is the command center, coordinating with local physicians to provide free telemedicine consultations and health monitoring to older people at the CMS sites.
Organization: Indonesia Ramah Lansia [Indonesia Friendly to The Older Adult] (IRL) West Java Chapter
Location: Indonesia
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRL quickly developed a home visit program, which aimed to minimize COVID-10 transmission and meet the biological, psychological, and sociocultural needs of older people.
Organization: HelpAge International in Vietnam (HAIV)
Location: Vietnam
Since 2006, HelpAge International in Vietnam (HAIV) and local partners have piloted the ground-breaking Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) model—community-based organizations that promote healthy longevity through a range of inter-generational activities.
Organization: Indonesia Ramah Lansia (IRL) Foundation
Location: Indonesia
The Indonesia Ramah Lansia (IRL) Foundation has been a leader in developing a range of community-based education programs for both older people and their caregivers with a focus on creating age-friendly communities. Their programs provide older people with the tools they need to live healthy, independent lives.
Organization: Grundtvig.inc
Location: Japan
Grundtvig has created a small, multi-functional care facility within an existing housing complex in Japan, allowing residents to age in place and encouraging cross-generational exchanges and community revitalization.
Organization: Help Without Frontiers Foundation; forOldy Project
Location: Thailand
The Grandpa-Grandma Shop cleans the donated items, makes any necessary repairs, and makes them available for rent or sale. The initiative helps preserve the environment through the reuse of equipment and the income generated from the shop is used to promote activities to provide a better quality of life for seniors.
Organization: Japan’s National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Location: Japan
The number of people with dementia in Japan is rapidly increasing as the country’s senior population grows. In 2012, Japan’s National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) began developing and testing a program called “cognicise," which combines physical and mental exercise, to prevent the decline of cognitive functions.

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