Aging seminar: Aging and Loneliness

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The Finnish institute in Japan’s aging seminar ”Aging and Loneliness” was held on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 at 14:00-19:00PM as a hybrid event at the Metsä Pavilion and online in Zoom. This seminar focused on the loneliness and well-being of the elderly and sharing ideas about the issues regarding the aging society both in Finland and Japan.

Lectures were be given by: Research Fellow Aya Toyoshima (Kyoto University), Professor Katsunori Kondo (Chiba University), Assistant professor Elisa Tiilikainen (University of Eastern Finland) and Ms. Anu Jansson (PhD, Director of Development and Participation, The Finnish Association for the Welfare of Older People)

Date: October 27th, 2021 14:00-19:00PM (JST)
Place: Metsä Pavilion (50 persons) and online (ZOOM)

Seminar programme:

14:00 Opening Words: Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Ph.D
Director, The Finnish Institute in Japan

14:15 Aya Toyoshima, Ph.D “Psychological Loneliness Among Older Adults During Covid-19 Pandemic”
Research Fellow, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education

15:15 Katsunori Kondo, M.D. Ph.D “Social Isolation and Well-being in Older People”
Professor of social epidemiology and health policy, Center for Preventive Medical Sciences and the Graduate School of Medicine at Chiba University
Head of Department of Gerontological Evaluation, Center for Gerontology and Social Science (CGSS) and National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG)
Executive Director of Japan Agency for Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES)

16:15 Coffee break

16:45 Elisa Tiilikainen, D.Soc.Sc “Loneliness in Later Life – Mapping Its Dynamic and Processual Nature”
Assistant Professor, Depatment of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland

17:45 Anu Jansson, Ph.D “Loneliness of Older People in Long-term Care Facilities and Elements of an Intervention for Its Alleviation”
Director of Development and Participation, The Finnish Association for the Welfare of Older People

18:45 Closing words: Anna-Maria Wiljanen, PhD
Director, The Finnish Institute in Japan

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