Elders Leading the Way to Resilience

68 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2015 Last revised: 17 Mar 2015

Emi Kiyota

Independent

Yasuhiro Tanaka

Independent

Margaret Arnold

Independent

Daniel P. Aldrich

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program

Date Written: March 8, 2015

Abstract

The theory of change behind this project draws on multiple constructs, including elder empowerment, community bonding, social capital, and community resilience. We use qualitative and quantitative data to show that: 1. Empowering elders changes the way they feel about their role in their community 2. Creating the Ibasho Café (both physical and social infrastructures) with elders in a leadership role increases the community bonding among the members of all ages 3. A strong sense of community bonding increases the level of social network and community participation, enhancing the sense of belonging and trust, and developing reciprocity between neighbors 4. An enhanced sense of social capital strengthens the community’s resilience so it is better prepared to withstand future natural disasters and the impacts of global aging.

Keywords: social capital, resilience, Tohoku, disaster, Japan, elder care

JEL Classification: A14, J14

Suggested Citation

Kiyota, Emi and Tanaka, Yasuhiro and Arnold, Margaret and Aldrich, Daniel P., Elders Leading the Way to Resilience (March 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2575382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2575382

Emi Kiyota

Independent ( email )

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Yasuhiro Tanaka

Independent ( email )

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Margaret Arnold

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Daniel P. Aldrich (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program ( email )

360 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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