Central questions to debate: Second round of discussion

In the second round of discussion we will focus on the following Cross-sectional issues – areas of collaboration. This will be a chance to highlight where and how the different actors, who we talked about in the first round of discussion, can work together.

Table 1: Care – where, how and by whom?

How is public care for the elderly organized in Germany and in Japan? What role does local government play? Which measures are currently undertaken to improve the role of local communities with regard to medical and nursing care?

Table 2: Compability of family and work

What are the working hours in Japan compared to Germany, how can public and private infrastructures ensure reconcilability of family and working life? How are companies and social partners best sensitized for this issue?

Table 3: Social inclusion of the elderly

How are social problems like isolation/loneliness in old age best tackled? What are indicators for social exclusion of the elderly in Germany and Japan?  How does it manifest and what are common causes? How would an age-inclusive community („good practice“) look like? What role do public image and prejudices play for social inclusion of the elderly?

Table 4: Financing models

How are policies for the elderly financed in Germany and Japan? Is there a need for a solidarity funding model from a generational point of view? What are the opportunities in and limits of volunteer work? How and to what extent can the elderly share the cost for an aging society?

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