Adding life to years
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Programs to enable older people to find values in life

Programs to enable older people to find values in life


Hakone Town holds annual Ground Golf Tournament for older people as an initiative to get them active and enjoy life. The tournament attracts nearly 100 seniors every year mainly from seniors’ social clubs, and they compete their golfing skills.
This tournament is an event the Town entrusted to Seniors’ Social Club for organizing, so seniors themselves are responsible for planning, refereeing, and recruiting and overseeing players. This gives them a sense of contribution and something to live for. Other encouraging events for seniors are “Lively Sports Meet” and “Senior College”.
To prevent seniors from depending on nursing care as much as possible, the Town offers “Smile Exercise Class” and “Refreshing Mind and Body Class”.

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Health, Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)

Contact details

Name: Takanori Hata

Email address:

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Others involved in the project:
  • Older People’s Association

Older people’s involvement: Older people helped to implement the age-friendly practice

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Do you plan to evaluate your age-friendly practice? No

Looking back

When the events became stereotyped, less people participate or only certain people participate. Therefore, we try to refine, reform and reorganize each our events so that many people will participate and everyone will enjoy themselves.