Introduction

  • 早稲田大学シンポジュウム 日時:2016年10月30日(日)~31日(月)

The “Toko Community” is a joint project of Waseda University and the citizens of Tokorozawa that aims to create an “interdependent community,” a mutual support community model. This research project has 8 action aims that focus on improving life for elders with dementia, the most common issue facing older citizens in Tokorozawa. The goal of the Toko Community project is to create systems that help people, whether they suffer from dementia or not, to continue to live in familiar environments for as long as possible. The expected outcome of this research is to have developed a package of citizens’ activities designed for people with dementia that also improve the community as a whole.

Through interdisciplinary action research projects we aim to develop the following 8 outcomes;

Baseline survey and program evaluation

This questionnaire survey aims to clarify the current situation of social capital among Tokorozawa citizens and how they intend to support the elderly with and without dementia. The survey was conducted by random sampling and received responses from more than 3,000 citizens in Tokorozawa city.

(Baseline survey and program evaluation team leader: Associate Professor Atsushi Ogihara)

Best Dementia Care Partner training course

We organized a training course for citizens called “Best Dementia Care Partner Citizen Training Course” which was designed to teach citizens about dementia. The training course was presented in 5 sessions (20 hours in total) at Waseda University. More than 250 citizens participated.

(Learning activity development team leader: Professor Hiroko Kase)

Citizens' group named

The members of “Peer Tokoro” include volunteers who have completed the ‘Best Dementia Care Partner’ training courses and would like to learn more and participate in developing a dementia friendly community. “Peer Tokoro” started with the goal of learning more and taking action for the community.

(Dementia support program development team leader: Professor Hiroko Kase)

Curriculum for dementia learning in elementary schools

A 6-hour-dementia learning program was the first trial project conducted through a joint effort of the “Peer Tokoro Group”, senior citizens, and students from Waseda University in September 2014. The program was defined as a welfare study, which was approved by the Ministry of Education and Promoting Sciences for 5th grade elementary school students at Izumi Municipal Elementary School in Tokorozawa city.Based on the evaluation of this trial, this program will be applied to all municipal elementary schools in Tokorozawa city to develop an effective program.

(Dementia learning program development team leader: Professor Tadashi Asada)

Naturally Occurring Retirement Centre (NORC) survey

Interview-based research was conducted in a residential area with a high population of older persons in order to find out how they have adapted to older age.
Additionally, a questionnaire survey was conducted with residents living in apartments in a metropolitan area to determine their perspectives on:1) Safety and security of the living environment, and 2) Current issues and needs, such as having a local support network.(NORC survey and citizen’s action development team leader: Associate Professor Takuya Kojima)

Co-operation of local medical institutions and long-term care in the community

A model of co-operation between medical institutions and long-term care in the community has been developing through regular meetings with medical institutions in Tokorozawa city.

(Co-operation model of medical care and long-term care development team leader: Professor Michikazu Ono)

Mindfulness psychotherapy-based support program

By modifying a form of mindfulness psychotherapy, we aim to develop a method that can be useful in reducing family caregivers’ stress associated with taking care of people with dementia.

(Mindfulness psychotherapy-based program development team leader: Professor Hiroaki Kumano)

Disaster prevention and mitigation network

The final research project aim is to develop a local network model to create a safe living environment for elders with dementia and without dementia.

(Disaster prevention and mitigation network development team leader: Professor Tomonori Sano)