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 that we face now
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.
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.
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.