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 that we face now
With the simultaneous rise in the number of elders and in climate-related natural disasters, societies worldwide are facing two critical questions: How can we care for unprecedented numbers of elderly in our society? And how can we reduce the vulnerability of elderly populations affected by disasters and empower them to strengthen resilience? To create an effective response, we need both intelligent policy making and practical solutions emerging from citizen engagement.
Ibasho promotes 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.
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 do we believe?
A quote found at an elementary school in Bhutan said:
“The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, the way to be happy is to make other people happy.”
Everybody wants to be useful to others, regardless of their age. And nobody wants to be socially isolated, feeling the sense of helpless or useless.
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.