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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Thailand
The local government in Bueng Yitho, a municipality outside of Bangkok, noticed that the services they were offering at their medical and rehabilitation center and their community center were underutilized and were not meeting residents’ needs. In response, they have developed an innovative program that emphasizes community engagement to create an integrated cycle of services to better meet the needs of a wider range of their residents.
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.

AHWIN will be expanding this section continuously to include services, products, and initiatives from throughout Asia that could be useful or instructive for others in the region and the world. Check back again soon to read new cases and to learn how you can make recommendations.

Disclaimer: The introduction of organizations and products on this website is for reference purposes only and does not imply any recommendation or endorsement on the part of ERIA, JCIE, or the Japanese government.