Cohort 
2018

Emi Kiyota, PhD

Environmental Gerontologist

We need to challenge the societal view of aging and the social role of elders through empowering and including them as change agents.

Current Work

Emi is an environmental gerontologist focused on international and community development. She creates socially integrated communities that value elders through her non-profit, Ibasho, and consults on the design of communities and cities.

Personal Hero

Her mentor, Dr. Gerald Weisman

Words of Strength

Compassionate, resilient, critical thinker

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to challenge the societal view of aging and the social role of elders through empowering and including them as change agents.

Strategy

Emi is working with community organizations and groups of elders to create an innovative program and community hub where elders can find opportunities to help other community members, instead of only been cared for by the younger generation.

Motivation

Aging and dementia are pressing issues in Japan as the population of older-old is growing rapidly. A holistic and effective approach to help individuals with dementia stay in their own homes in their familiar environment plays a critical role.

Education & Experience

Emi Kiyota is an internationally recognized thought leader on issues relating to healthy aging. She is an environmental gerontologist and organizational culture change specialist. She is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international venues. She is currently considering how the work she did to empower elders in Japan as they recovered from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 could provide lessons for empowering elders in the U.S. as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for future events.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Architecture
PhD

Awards & Honors

Dianna Davis Spencer Fellowship at the Global Good Fund Loeb Fellow Graduate School of Design at the Harvard University Rockefeller Foundation: Bellagio residency fellowship for social development Helen Bader Endowed Scholarship for Aging

Global Good Fund
Dianna Davis Spencer Fellowship
Graduate School of Design at the Harvard University
Loeb Fellow
Rockefeller Foundation
Bellagio residency fellowship for social development
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Helen Bader Endowed Scholarship for Aging