Researchers in Japan reconsider the importance of age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities in providing certain dimensions of social engagement, inclusion and pro-social / altruistic activity; which are likely to support holistic, low-cost, approaches to healthy ageing, possibly even (cautiously applied) under the constraints of COVID-19 social distancing.
The research evidence “gap” problem is addressed:
“ …qualitative systematic reviews should be used to summarise the results of such interventions”. p.117.
Maki, Y. [and] Mori, M. (2020). Promotion of dementia-friendly communities and extension of healthy life expectancy. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). September 19th 2020, Vol.7(3): pp.113-119.
Possibly of interest, from a UK social prescribing viewpoint:
Social prescribing and the response to COVID-19: Case studies. Keeping the care in healthcare. [Online]: NHS England, September 2020.
Older People Helping Children Read and Learn, Example From the United States of America
The WHO Geriatric Report 2015 introduced wider awareness of the “Experience Corps”, as an example of altruistic participation, in a social model for health promotion for the ageing population:
World Health Organization (2015). World report on ageing and health. Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO), 2015.