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Gerontology Study Tour for Chinese University of Hong Kong students of the Department of Social Work

From May13 to May 18, 2019, 22 students and two faculty members of the Department of Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) visited the Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University. They were invited to Tokorozawa Campus to participate in the Gerontology Study Tour hosted by the Faculty to learn about the developing of the Japanese nursing care system, equipment and facilities. The study tour was coordinated by Professor Kase of the Faculty of the Human Sciences.

Day 1: Monday, May, 13 th
The students arrived at Tokorozawa campus in the morning and participated in the orientation.
At first, Prof. Qun Jin, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of the Human Sciences, delivered a welcome speech and Prof. Kase gave an overview of the Study tour. Afterwards, they went on the campus tour and enjoyed exploring our campus.

Day 2: Tuesday, May 14 th
In the morning, they visited the National Rehabilitation Center, Tokorozawa city, Saitama and not only did they have a chance to view the cutting-edge technology helping the people in need of rehabilitation, but they also learned how important it is for the patients to become independent.

In the afternoon, they took lectures given by professors of the Faculty of Human Sciences.
●Social Long-term Care for Older Adults in Japan, provided by Prof. Kase.
●Social Security System in Japan, provided by Prof. Uemura.

Day 3: Wednesday, May 15 th
In the morning, they visited the Tokorozawa Royal Hospital, Tokorozawa Royal Hill (Long-term care facilities), Royal Garden(Special nursing home for the elderly)and Royal Garden Care House (Home for the aged, moderately- priced), Tokorozawa city, Saitama and learned the difference in long-term care facilities and the patients’ and caregivers’ support system between Hong Kong and Japan.

In the afternoon, they attended a Workshop: ‘Memory Book for People with Dementia‘, provided by Adjunct Researcher Yamamura and cooperated by ‘Peer Tokoro’, an elderly volunteer group. They made their own memory book with the Peer Tokoro members and learned how it can help people with dementia bring back their memories.

Day 4: Thursday, May 16th
In the morning, they took a lecture given by a professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences.
●Building Evacuation Safety in an Aging Society, provided by Prof. Sano

They attended the Exchanging and Sharing Session where students of the Faculty of Human Sciences and CUHK made presentations for each other.
●Evacuation Planning with Emergency Signs in an Underground Station by Mr. Jun KUBOTA
●Consideration of additional sign at railway stations emphasizing the volume of information and elements of design, presented by Mr. Masataka YASUE
●Hong Kong Elderly Services, presented by Mr. Tak Yuen CHEUNG.

Afterwards, they joined each Japanese student group in Prof. Kase’s class, asked questions and shared the ideas of the differences in the nursing care systems between Hong Kong and Japan.

In the afternoon, they took lectures given by professors of the Faculty of Human Sciences.
●Next Barrier-Free: Using Mainstream Technology for People with Difficulties, provided by Prof. Iwabuchi
●Personal Data Analytics and Data-Driven Healthcare, provided by Prof. Qun Jin

Day 5: Friday, May 17th
In the morning, Members of the Tokorozawa club, the activity group for the elderly gave a lecture on their own activities. They then took a lecture on the nursing care policies and contributing to elderly care in Tokorozawa city by Mr. Tanaka, Division of the Support for the Elderly from the Tokorozawa City Office. They learned about the current initiative and how to deal with the problems of status quo.

In the afternoon, we held a farewell party and the Certificate of completion ceremony.
At first, Director Sekiguchi delivered an opening speech and then they enjoyed the meals and conversations while watching the slide show of the photos taken during the tour. And then they received the certificate of completion for full attendance of the program one by one from Prof. Qun Jin, at the farewell ceremony.

Day 6: Saturday, May 18th
In the morning, they visited the National Hansen Disease Museum, Higashimurayama city, Tokyo and they learned the Hansen disease patients‘affliction and distress.
In the afternoon, they visited the Sugamo area, Tokyo, often called ‘Granma’s Harajuku’, for a cultural visit. They viewed the area and lively elderly people hanging around this area.

We received a warm gratitude from the delegation of the Department of Social Work, the Chinese University of Hong Kong with great satisfaction and fulfillment throughout the study tour. We hope we will have an opportunity to welcome the Chinese University of Hong Kong delegates again in the near future.

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