Journal of Japanese Association for an Inclusive Society
Online ISSN : 2189-891X
Print ISSN : 1345-8973
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  • 2021 Volume 23 Issue Paper Pages A-
    Published: May 10, 2021
    Released: May 10, 2021
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  • Towards Improving the Sense of Purpose in life and the Optimal Use of Medical Services
    Yasuhiro Mimura
    2021 Volume 23 Issue Paper Pages 1-13
    Published: May 10, 2021
    Released: May 10, 2021
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    This study examined the “Community Environment” that should be emphasized in order to maintain the “activity” that supports the “A sense of Purpose in Life” of the elderly and leads to the appropriate use of medical services. A questionnaire survey on “Usual Activities”, “Community Environment”, “Actual Use of Medical Services”, and “Purpose in Life” were conducted for people aged 60 or older (n=1,250) who live in Aichi Prefecture. As a result, “there are no benches or other resting places”, “public transportation is not well maintained”, “there are few hospitals”, and “lack of parks for walking/exercise” had an impact on different types of activities of elderly people, and most of them showed that the activities decreased significantly as the number of the facilities decreased. Moreover, it was shown that most of the activities were strongly related to the sense of purpose in life of elderly, but have little relation to the actual usage of medical services.

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