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Promoting Psychological and Health Status of the Elderly: The Underlying Mechanisms of Chin-Don Therapy


Citation: HATTA; K. Promoting Psychological and Health Status of the Elderly: The Underlying Mechanisms of Chin-Don Therapy JAS4QoL 2019, 5(1) 4 online at: http://as4qol.org/3YZPK
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Promoting Psychological and Health Status of the Elderly: The Underlying Mechanisms of Chin-Don Therapy

Hatta; Kanji

Department of Psychiatric Medicine, School of Nursing, Takarazuka University, Osaka, Japan (k-hatta@takara-univ.ac.jp)


Chin-Don (CD) performance – a kind of musical performance for common people in Japan during the Edo Period – has been proven useful for healthcare promotion and healing, and was therefore employed as CD therapy (CDT) in a series of studies. Since CDT induces favorable outcomes in three elderly subjects, we further investigated the benefits of CDT in promoting quality-of-life in the cognitively impaired elderly using objective approaches: i) measuring salivary cortisol and immunoglobulin-A; ii) self-assessment of mood, emotion, and behavior using a face-scale; (iii) monitoring blood levels of neurotransmitters such as adrenalin (AD), noradrenalin (NA), and dopamine (DP) as well as the stress-related hormone cortisol (CT) and β-endorphin (BE); and (iv) monitoring stress-related CT, as well as immunodefense system-related BE and natural killer (NK) cell activity. Our studies focus on endogenous factors closely related to humor, laughter, stress, emotion, depression, joy, movement, and other apparent physiological responses such as being more alert and aroused (such as AD, NA, CT, BE). CDT works effectively in improving mood (emotional and psychological states) for the elderly. The significant blood CT level decreases in CDT patents may have due to less stress during CDT exposure, as CT is associated with elevated stress input. We did not measure the effect of immunity by CT decrease, as the effect would be transient and short-lived. Of the local vs global categories of BE function, the latter function is more relevant with CDT in decreasing bodily stress and maintaining homeostasis (e.g. in pain management, reward effects, and behavioral stability), providing enthusiastic participation and satisfactory post-event emotions and/or behavior in the CD-induced dancing. All in all, CDT induces favorable de-stressing effects, euphoric reliefs, reduction in pain and/or physical handicaps experienced by the elderly participants. These favorable psychological and physiological responses could be explained via relevant objective monitoring of blood indexes (although more endogenous factors need to be monitored), thus advocating the useful effects of CDT.

Keywords: CDT, Chin-Don therapy, Quality of Life, QoL, elderly, psychological health of elderly.

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The Diversity of Quality of Life Found at an Academic Conference Cruise in 2018


Citation: HIOKO, C. The Diversity of Quality of Life Found at an Academic Conference Cruise in 2018 JAS4QoL 2019, 5(1) 2 online at: http://as4qol.org/9TxfJ
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The Diversity of Quality of Life Found at an Academic Conference Cruise in 2018

Chizuko HIOKI

Research Institute of Traditional Asian Medicine, Kindai University School of Medicine 377-2 Ohno-Higashi, Osaka-sayama, Osaka 589-8511, JAPAN (chioki@med.kindai.ac.jp)

I recently took part in the International Conference and Cruise on Quality of Life 2018 Cruise (ICQoL-2018) (departing from and returning to Singapore). Cruise-Conferences of this sort provide a suitable venue and an entirely unique atmosphere for the exchange of information and findings among researchers. As described by Foong, while on board, participants enjoyed a variety of entertainment and interactions with other participants, while being able to maintain good health and privacy while feeling at home. In the conference, as a member of the Academic Society for Quality of Life, I gave a presentation entitled: “Kampo (traditional medicine) helps us to control our mind and body through the endocrine, nervous and immune system.”

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It is difficult know whether the behavior of individual participants on a given moment on a cruise is a manifestation of the typical customs and values in their home country. However, if one is given the leisure and space to spend a 7-day cruise with them on the same boat at sea, and interact in and out as a group, one can come to feel less sensitive and conscious of the gap between of one’s own existence/life and that of other people. Thinking about QoL as a member of Academic Society for Quality of Life, I came to realize that cruising may be a useful way to discover the national characters of people from other countries.

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Japan's growing aging population and a shortage of local working staff has led to necessary employment of nursing care workers from foreign countries, especially those who have grown up in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, for elderly care.6 Caregivers are required to help care for the physically handicapped or incapable elderly in all aspects of daily life in order to maintain and improve their QoL. However, both of thesethe care-giver and the care-receiverare humans with feelings. The improvement of the QoL of not only the person who receives care, but also the person who is providing care must be considered. In short, for this human-human relationship to maintain in good balance, and for the interdependent system to be workable, an effort to acknowledge and accept each other's lifestyle and values should be exercised. A balance in Ki between the parties should be healthily circulated.

We may find that the quality of life is a degree of happiness that each person evaluates and measured individually. Happiness in life may be gained by devising a way of life derived from learning various patterns of behavior and thinking from the people surrounding us.

Furthermore, not only in the area of elderly care, if the upheaval of the society and the natural environment continues, there will be times when multilateral assistance is needed never more than now.

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JAS4QoL – Volume 2(3) (September, 2016)



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The Pharmacist

Sako IKEGAMI

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A Cognitive Approach to Teaching English Dative Constructions to Japanese University Students with Low English Proficiency

Yumi FUJIWARA1

1Kyoto University of Education, 1 Fukakusa-Fujinomori-Cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 612-8522. (u_fujiwara@yahoo.co.jp)

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The Relationship of Clinical Treatment to Quality of Life in a Patient with Vascular Parkinsonism: A Case Report from a Pharmacist’s Perspective

Ayako NOGUCHI1*, Foo Wah FOONG

1Department of English for Pharmaceutical Science Communication, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, 5, Nakauchi-cho, Misasagi, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607-8414, Japan (ky09274@poppy.kyoto-phu.ac.jp)

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Crisis, Crisis, the “Stool of Resilience”, and Adaptive Capacity at ICQoL2016

David CRESPO

Department of Language Development, Imex Japan Co. Ltd., 3F Imex Japan Building, Shichiku, Kita-Ku, Kyoto 603- 8425, JAPAN (david.crespo@yahoo.fr)

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Proceedings from the 2016 International Conference on Quality of Life in Kyoto

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JAS4QoL – Volume 2(2) (June 2016)



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Nerve Growth Factor and Alzheimer’s Disease

Shoei Furukawa1

1Gifu Pharmaceutical University (Professor Emeritus))

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Difficulty of Japanese Students in Pronunciation of Certain Words and Numerals in Scientific English: Problems Arising from the Speaker's Native Tongue and Prior Exposure (Part 2)

FOONG Foo Wah1 FUJIWARA Yumi2 SATO Erina3

1Department of English for Pharmaceutical Communication, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, 5 Nakauchi-Cho, Misasagi, Yamashina-Ku, Kyoto 607-8414, JAPAN (affw78@mb.kyoto-phy.ac.jp, 78imexfw@gmail.com) 2Department of Education, Kyoto University of Education, Kyoto, JAPAN 3Department of Language Development, Imex Japan Co. Ltd., 3F Imex Japan Building, Shichiku, Kita-Ku, Kyoto 603-8425, JAPAN

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A Study of QoL in Japanese Cedar Pollinosis Patients: Relationships between QoL and Airborne Pollen Levels

OUCHI Yuri1

1Faculty of Nursing, Takarazuka University (y-oouchi@takara-univ.ac.jp)

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Assessment of the Effectiveness of Chin-Don Therapy on Emotion and Behavior of the Elderly: Facial Illustration-Based Self-Rating and SF8-Assessment Scores

Kanji HATTA1

1Department of Psychiatric Medicine, School of Nursing, Takarazuka University, Osaka, Japan (k-hatta@takara-univ.ac.jp)

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Depression Treatment May Need More Than Just Medication

FOONG Foo Wah1

1Department of Pharmaceutical Science Communication, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, 5, Nakauchi-Cho, Misasagi, Yamashina-Ku, Kyoto 607-8414, JAPAN (affw78@mb.kyoto-phy.ac.jp, 78imexfw@gmail.com)

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