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Engaging the generations: Age-integrated facilities

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This chapter explores Japan's attempt to deal with the dilemma of generational disengagement by examining how larger trends of an ageing society with fewer children has on the one hand, led to age-segregation, while on the other hand, promoted opportunities for re-engagement as young and aged facilities begin to co-locate. The chapter focuses on two case studies representing age-integrated facilities in the form of a purpose-built age-integrated setting and co-location with Kodaira elementary school. They will be analyzed in the framework of its impact on both the older and younger generations. The chapter concludes with discussions on the potential of the roles of age-integrated facilities and other attempts to re-engage the generations in softening the impact of the great demographic challenge.

Keywords: age-integrated facility; ageing society; Japanese society; Kodaira elementary school



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