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What does Ibasho Mean?

Ibasho means “a place where you can feel like yourself” in Japanese. At Ibasho we believe this is what every person should have as they age – a place to live in safety, comfort and dignity, where he or she is valued as a person full of history and experience.

Issues we face

Mother Theresa said:

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

This is what we want to change. Ibasho recognizes that people fear two things as we age — social isolation and losing respect from others in society.

Our goal is to create a shared future in which aging is not something to fear, but to enjoy, as a respected and valued member of communities across the globe.

What would Ibasho like to achieve?

  • Bring social change for how the general public views aging
  • Broaden the vision of our current elder care system
  • Empower older people and increase their sense of self-worth
  • Help young people to benefit from their elders’ wisdom and experience
  • Create an informal environment, which facilitates normalcy
  • Use local-based solutions
  • Source of outreach and assistance to vulnerable populations
  • Strengthen community fabric and increase resilience toward internal and external factors
  • Re-engage people living with dementia or other disabilities, and their families


Ibasho uses respect for local culture and social values to frame the housing design and care for elders, in partnership with the project partners and operators.

We promote the value of socially integrating elders and demonstrate the multi-generational social, economic, and environmental benefits of such a community in traditional, developing and modern societies.

In order to make the widest impact possible, Ibasho conducts rigorous evaluations to facilitate shared learning, and to replicate what works between developed and developing countries.