Award: The 32nd (FY2023) Research Grant from Nakayama Foundation for Human Sciences (Doctoral Student Nishio)

The 32nd (FY2023) research grant of the Nakayama Foundation for Human Sciences (this year’s theme: Human Science of Health Disparities) was awarded to Marisa Nishio (3rd-year doctoral student), “Joint effect of intrinsic capacity and natural/built environmental factors on functional ability: validity of the United Nation’s Healthy Ageing concept.”

The purpose of this research is to clarify what kind of built environment contributes to the achieving of healthy aging and reducing health disparities advocated by WHO.

WHO has designated the years 2020 to 2023 as the “Decade of Healthy Aging” and is promoting the development of a variety of environments that support the physical and mental functions of older adults. This research focuses on the local built environment, such as streets, parks, and facilities.