Dr. Emi Kiyota

Founder and President of Ibasho

Inclusiveness is a global issue. Dr. Emi Kiyota, an environmental gerontologist and organizational culture change expert, focuses on creating inclusive communities where elders are assets. Current practices that segregate elders from the community are not desirable or sustainable. Dr. Kiyota’s keynote will shed light on how to shift our way of thinking, and listen to and engage elders in defining a new future.

Dr. Kiyota is a consultant to numerous age-friendly design projects for senior housing, hospitals, and clinical-care centres in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. In addition to her consultant work on quality improvement in the built environment for long-term care and aging services, Dr. Kiyota, and a group of like-minded colleagues, created a not-for-profit, international organization entitled Ibasho. Ibasho, embodying the Japanese concept of “a place where one feels at home being oneself”, aims to create socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities that engage and value their elders. With this vision, she has been involved in the development of housing and services for elders in Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Ivory Coast.

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