AHWIN RESEARCH

In order to advance the understanding of the wide range of critical issues related to aging in Asia and provide more robust data to inform policy, a number of research projects are being carried out by researchers and institutions around the region under the auspices of AHWIN and with oversight from ERIA.

October 2018–November 2019
To address Thailand’s rapid aging, the Center of Excellence for Ageing Business and Care Development at Thammasat University will undertake a broad research program to examine the history of Thai policies on population aging, develop policy recommendations on the elderly in the informal sector, analyze consumption behavior among the elderly to improve their financial choices, and examine trends in the aging-related market and innovations that will allow older citizens to enjoy healthy aging and contribute to the economy longer.
July 2018–March 2020
The goal of this study is to clarify the structural and procedural factors associated with the sustainment or improvement of residents’ care-need levels in long-term care facilities. Residents in long-term care facilities, day-service users, and day-care users will be included in this research. Statistical analyses will be carried out by combining national long-term care insurance claim data, vital statistics data, and a survey of institutions and establishments for long-term care.
April 2018–March 2022
Mankind has achieved a remarkable level of longevity, and as a result, the number of senior citizens in societies around the globe will grow in the near future. But can we call it “success” if longevity leads to restraints on the vibrancy or vitality of humanity? This longitudinal study traces 12,000 seniors in the Philippines and Vietnam who are aged 60 years or older for a number of years to analyze the factors that contribute to a longer healthy life.
April 2018–August 2021
The circulation of the long-term care workforce is recognized as one of the most important topics under the framework of the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). This project seeks to develop a training program for oral care and swallowing function rehabilitation that can be used by trainees heading to Japan as predeparture training and that can also contribute to educating health care workers in the sending countries.
April 2018–March 2019
Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program has recently been amended to include trainees in the field of elderly care. The aim of this shift is both to ease Japan’s care worker shortage, but also to transfer care skills and knowledge from Japan to the trainees’ home countries, which are mainly Asian countries. But to meet those goals, trainees must have sufficient Japanese language skills. This study will seek to develop criteria for Japanese language proficiency testing that is specifically designed for care workers.
April 2018–September 2020
As Asian societies experience increased aging, the flow of nurses and care workers between countries will become increasingly necessary to meet the demand in advanced aging countries. This research project examines the case of Filipino, Indonesian, and Indian nurses and care workers who are working overseas to better understand the flow of human resources in the nursing and elderly care sector.