We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation, an award that recognizes organizations in Asia that are pioneering innovative approaches to supporting older people. The award is an initiative of JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) as part of our work to promote cooperation and information-sharing on the important challenges posed by population aging, which is carried out under the auspices of the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN).
This year marked the third round of awards, and despite the constraints on organizations caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, applications were received this year from organizations across nine countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia. From among these, eight awardees were recognized for their innovative work in the field of aging. Grand Prize and Second Prize winners were selected in the three categories of Technology & Innovation, Community-Based Initiatives, and Supporting Self-Reliance. Selections were made by an international committee of eight experts from throughout the region. In addition, this year, in recognition of the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism that was launched last year in support of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, the committee awarded a 2022 Special Prize for Combatting Ageism as well.
The winners will receive their awards on November 8, 2022, at a special ceremony at the conclusion of the AHWIN Forum, a high-level, multisectoral dialogue on aging issues to be held at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
2022 Grand Prize Winners
Technology & Innovation
ORANGE LINKS | Japan
QR Code Jell Nail Stickers for People with Dementia
Each year, thousands of people living with dementia wander off, becoming disoriented and unable to find their way home. To solve this problem, ORANGE LINKS created a small, waterproof sticker that is affixed to a fingernail and includes a personalized QR code. When scanned with a smartphone, it gives contact details for a designated contact person (e.g., a family member or care facility), without disclosing any personal information.
Longzhen Senior Care | China
One-Stop Community Elderly Service Program
Longzhen Senior Care, operator of a community-based eldercare center, realized that many of the area’s oldest old were aging at home, and were having trouble in accessing various community services. They developed a free one-stop community elderly service program to assess individual needs and provide liaisons to arrange for everything from adult daycare and home medical services to handymen, emergency alert response, and home-delivered meals.
Shanghai Jinmei Care for the Elderly | China
In China, awareness and understanding of dementia has been lagging. Jinmei Care adapted foreign models to the local environment to create “Memory Homes”—community-based physical spaces where social workers provide those with dementia and their families with professional support and diverse programs. They also help destigmatize dementia through the creation of a Memory Café and a volunteer network of “Dementia-Friends.”
2021 Special Prize for Combatting Ageism
Boonmerit Media | Thailand
Manoottangwai Intergenerational Online Media Campaign
To address Thailand’s increasing intergenerational friction, TV production company Boonmerit Media launched an online platform called “Manoottangwai” (multigenerational) that conveys stories that raise awareness, bridge the gap, and build a positive mindset between people of different generations. The initiative targets older people to help them achieve an active lifestyle, and it targets younger people to help them understand that post-retirement wellbeing requires preparation.