Welfare Homes for the Aged and Emerging Retirement Communities

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780520075955
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911789 | DOI:
Welfare Homes for the Aged and Emerging Retirement Communities

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Following the democratization of the family, Japanese society has begun to develop new living options for the elderly; but the process is so far slow and uncertain. Without confidence in the wisdom and justice of the newer options, the aged, their caretakers, and the “experts” who would replace the old system seem equally hesitant. Long-term living and care environments for the old are developing to meet a growing demand. This is the social climate in which retirement communities are beginning to emerge. This chapter discusses welfare homes for the aged, three types of homes for the aged, the recent growth of toku-yō homes, acute hospitals, and retirement communities.

Keywords: Japanese elderly; aged; welfare homes; retirement communities; acute hospitals

Chapter.  6090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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