The lead presenter Ming-Fang, HSU’s specialty is in social welfare, and the research field is long-term care policy. As an assistant professor she is working at Department of Elderly Care of Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taiwan since 2011. Before that she worked at Department of KANSEI DESIGN of Hachinohe Institute of Technology in Japan for 5 years. From 2011, she has attended senior learning centers as a teacher to help seniors to know what kinds of long-term care services we have and how to utilize these resources. Besides, we tried to design the learning programs to attractive seniors to pay more attention to their health.
The presenter was a senior chief of BEITUN district senior learning center for 2 years (2012.02-2014.02). In 2013, she was award for the devotion of senior learning education by the Ministry of Education.
How to utilize colleagues’ resources to promote healthy aging in community: A sharing case at a university in central Taiwan
The aging population and low fertility in Taiwan is getting worse than Japan and Korea, the official statistics showing, 8 years later, the population age structure in Taiwan will become a “super-aging society” beyond an “aging society”. It means, in the near future, the aging of Taiwan’s population will be faster than Japan. Moreover, it will be thought to outweigh all other nations. Under the impact of “getting old before getting rich”, how to extend healthy life expectancy will be the key to ensure the social security system sustainable.
The purposes of this paper is to aim at healthy aging in the community by utilizing colleagues’ resources to practice the senior learning within the community characteristics.
The methods of this paper are action research and documentary analysis. The writer is an assistant professor of department of elderly care in a technology university located in central Taiwan. Since 2011, the department of elderly care has been awarded funding from the local and the central government to initiate the lifelong education program, as to be called “senior learning” in Taiwan. Today, the department of elderly care has run three different types of “senior learning” programs, which are called “university of third age”, “senior learning center” and “one village one pleasant age learning outdoor classroom”.
In this paper, we will clarify the definition of these three types of “senior learning” and review the practice experience and primary data of 2011, to analyze the difference of learning program and curriculum in the past six years. Based on this, we will discuss which curriculum will be more attractive to the seniors.
There are 3 major points of this paper: (A) How do the department of elderly care adopt the resources into the community? (B) The feedbacks and changes of the seniors whom attended “senior learning” classes. (C) The difficulties that teachers of “senior learning” classes need to deal with.