Social Work LIVE: Jinyu Liu, Jeanette Takamura and the Health Needs of Seniors

February 19, 2019 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Jeanette Takamura

Japan, the United States, and China all have rapidly aging populations. By 2025, nearly a third of Japan’s population will be over 60, while in the United States that portion will be one quarter, and in China, one fifth. In this episode of Social Work LIVE, Professor Michael Friedman (bio) will interview two School of Social Work gerontology experts with knowledge of aging trends in these three countries. Their conversation will center on the health issues seniors in these three places are facing, along with promising interventions and policy strategies for addressing those issues.

Dean Emerita Jeanette Takamura (bio) specializes in American gerontology policy and has also done studies in Japan. As Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1997-2001, she led the development of a modernized Older Americans Act and the establishment of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Also under her watch, federal Older Americans Act programs and services received the largest funding increases since 1972.

Professor Jinyu Liu (bio) combines cross-discipline approaches to analyze support systems available to older Chinese adults in the U.S. and China, particularly those with mental health issues. Her most recent study examines the impact that Chinese transnational migration has on elderly parents who are left behind.

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