CREATIVE AGING: Approaches to cultural participation in later life

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The Finnish Institute in Japan continued its’ aging themed seminar series in 2022. This year’s seminar focused on creativity, culture, and care.  Thank you to all participants and speakers!


CREATIVE AGING: Approaches to cultural participation in later life

Hybrid Seminar, 6 October 2022

The International House of Japan

In Finland and Japan, the amount of people aged over 65 years is rapidly increasing. This age group is actively participating in various kinds of cultural activities, but the group’s specific needs, for example in terms of accessibility, are often neglected.  How can super-aged societies (where more than 20% of the total population is aged 65 years or older) create equal opportunities for cultural participation for all ages? How could these specific needs be implemented in the planning of cultural programs? 

In this seminar, held both online and at the International House of Japan, Japanese and Finnish researchers presented their projects focusing on creativity, multi-generational understanding, and lifelong learning. 

Presentation slides are available below:

Cultural Policy for “Creative Aging” – Super-aging Society and the Arts
Yoshiyuki Oshita, Ph.D
Professor, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics, Doshisha University. 

Cultural participation among Finnish pensioners: Art as a right or a duty?

Tuulikki Laes, Ph.D
Researcher, Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA), University of the Arts Helsinki. 

Creative ageing in Finland – approaches of sustainable cultural services for older people
Raisa Karttunen, Director, Armas Festival
Sara Kuusi, Special Planner, Helsinki’s Culture and Leisure Department

Co-creative Arts for Persons with Dementia and their Carers
Mia Nakamura, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Design Futures, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University. 
Agency in Cultural Elderly Care
Taru Tähti, M.A. 
Doctoral candidate, University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy