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The Aged – Productive Aging: Is itworking? that was held as part ofNenrin-pic in Miyazaki. In thesubsequent dialogue with Mr.Ichiro Kaneda, then-president ofFoundation of Social Developmentfor Senior Citizens, he presentedthe situation in the US regardingattaining health and Ikigai (i.e.meaning of life, life worth living) as well asmeasures taken by individuals,companies and society as a whole.1997 (70 years old) The ILC four-country jointsymposium was held atHammarskjold Auditorium in theUnited Nations headquarters.Along with UN ambassadorAlvarez, the heads of the four ILCcenters including Dr. Butler (USA),Mr. Morioka (Japan), Dr. Forette(France) and Baroness Greengross(UK) reported on the current statusand issues involving the QOL ofthe elderly in each country. Thejoint symposium like this one laterbecame a permanent event for theILC. The ILCs in the US and Japanorganized a joint project calledMedia Project, and a US-JapanMedia Conference was held inNew York.Reporters from newspapers,magazines and broadcast media inJapan and the US attended thisconference, and lectures anddiscussions covered issues andactual conditions of the agedsociety from various angles. Thiswas also an opportunity forreporters from Japan and the US tolearn from each other.This project was later named Age-Boom Academy and developedinto a major project in the ILC-USA but could not sustain inJapan. He visited Japan to attend adebriefing conference on JapansMedia Project. In Nagoya, he gave a keynoteaddress on the theme of TheQuality of Life: Longevity Style atthe 10th Nagoya InternationalSymposium on Aging and Healthheld by Japan Foundation forAging and Health. He stressed thatimportant elements for productiveaging include not only the lengthbut also the quality of life (QOL). Healso emphasized that this is notsomething that is given to us butrather a process and a goal wemust make efforts to attain.1998 (71 years old) The ILC-USA spun off from MountSinai Medical Center, which it hadbelonged to for 8 years since thefoundation, and became an NPO(non-profit organization). It purchased afour-story building in ManhattansUpper East Side (60 East 86th Street) andmoved its offices there.2002 (75 years old) At the second UN World Assemblyon Ageing in Madrid, which washeld 20 years after the first one inVienna in 1982, Dr. Butlerpresented Declaration of theRights of Older Persons. Thisdeclaration was eventuallyapproved by representatives from160 countries worldwide andbecame the essential part of thisassemblys final report.2003 (76 years old) He received the 10th Heinz Awardfor the Human Condition foradvancing the rights and needs ofthe nations aging citizenry andenhancing the quality of life forelderly Americans.2004 (77 years old) At the celebration of ColumbiaUniversitys 250 th anniversary, hewas selected as one of the 250Remarkable Columbians. At the 20 th InternationalConference of Alzheimers DiseaseInternational Kyoto 2004, he gavea keynote address on video. Basedon his Declaration of the Rights ofOlder Persons given at the secondUN World Assembly on Ageing in2002, he expressed his ferventwish to propose Declaration of theRights of Persons with Dementiaand Their Families in Kyoto.2005 (78 years old) He gave a closing speech at the 5thWhite House Conference on Agingunder the Bush Administration. Inthis speech he sharply pointed outthat policies for and socialconditions of the Americas elderlyhad not improved since he servedas conference chair 10 years before.He also inspired the audience withhis sincere and constructiverecommendations regarding howto overcome the risk of the babyboomgeneration becoming theelderly through social solidarity.2007 (80 years old) At the 60th Annual ScientificMeeting of the GerontologicalSociety of America (GSA) in SanFrancisco, he gave a keynoteaddress on the vast theme of TheEra of Global Aging: Challengesand Opportunities. He said thatglobal strategies on health, waterresources, education and aging areneeded through solidarity amongall countries to deal with thechallenge of global aging. Inproposing the global action, heparticularly stressed the importancefor developed countries to makeproactive efforts for the developingcountries and to take the leadwhile sharing their experiences.2008 (81 years old) His book The LongevityRevolution was published.2009 (82 years old) The dinner salon on Alzheimers inan Aging Society was held jointlyby Columbia University and theILC-USA. While exchanging thelatest information on Alzheimersdisease in each country, theattendees searched for futuredirections in medical, economic,and social approaches. This salonwas also attended by Dr. KazuoHasegawa, globally known for theHasegawa Dementia Scale fromJapan.68Playback:Revisiting Productive Aging, GlobalInformation Journal on Longevityand Society Vol. 112010 (83 years old) Dr. Butler became a professor atColumbia University.His book Longevity Prescriptionwas published.2010 (July 4) Deceased.Memorial serviceEssay:Shigeo MoriokaRihito KimuraMasako TamuraShiro YamasakiNoriko TsukadaTeruko Kanehira8038 5324 25

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