Smart Aging College

Smart Aging College will be opened at the new SAIRC building to be established in 2011. Local older adults and students at Tohoku University can learn together at the College with the theme of Smart Aging. Smart Aging College will aim at an innovative intergenerational school on the campus to integrate potential of experienced older adults into social education for younger students.

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A new paradigm of education in super aging society

Smart Aging College is the place where older adults living in local area and students at Tohoku University can mutually learn with the theme of Smart Aging. Smart Aging College will invite public participation of about 100 older adults as students who can attend the various classes facilitated by faculty and researchers of Tohoku University about twice a month.

Voluntary seminar-type classes will be also opened on the basis of the main classes. A student can get an identification card and a certificate when he completes the course. Student can also participate in the research activities as a research volunteer. An excellent student assigned by SAIRC can work as a mentor for younger students.

Smart Aging College will aim at an innovative intergenerational school on the campus to integrate potential of experienced older adults into social education for younger students. Smart Aging College will take a role of “catalyst” to transform the local society to Smart Aging Society which can smartly solve the challenges due to the aging.

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At the “College-linked Residential Community”, an example of intergenerational project we had been involved to date, senior residence operates various “College-linked Learning Program (CLP)” in collaboration with university. In addition, Learning Therapy is used for the purpose of reinforcing the effect of CLP for older residents. Older residents can enjoy Learning Therapy as a warming-up exercise for CLP. Residents who are not easy to participate in the CLP can touch the joy of learning through Learning Therapy.

The experience and know-how will be feed backed to the operation of Smart Aging College.

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