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“Active aging and elderly image (Part 2)”

김혜원 1

1山口県立大学

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ABSTRACT

It is almost certain for most of people will experience old-age over a long period. In order to investigate the various factors to determine “Quality of Life (QOL)”, it is crucial to consider the cultural influence with the perspective of “life course”. Based on “Annual Report on Health and Welfare”, this study discusses the transition of the image of Japanese elderly in postwar years and its background factors. The analysis period is from 1970, in the year that the proportion of elderly has reached to 7%, to 2000, in the year that “Long-term Care Insurance System” has introduced. From the postwar to the mid-1960s, the strong image for elderly had been isolation from their families and societies with the needs of financial supports. However, around 1970s, the years when Japan became the aging society, media often brought up the social activities by elders. In 1980s, elderly population increased as personal and social interests in health in old age have increased. As the result, the public’s attitude of encouraging a sense of ownership toward the aging society by focusing on intergenerational cooperation in the society and sustainable preparation for old age are remarkable. Moreover, diverseness in elderly generation is approved and elders are also expected to serve their social roles. In 1990s, the image of elderly groups has changed dramatically; from dependent and unified to lifetime leaders in the longevity society.

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