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Meeting Notes and 2021 Conference Update

On September 17th the Board of Academic Society for Quality of Life held a board meeting (via Zoom) concerning the International Conference for Quality of Life. Due to the Coronavirus, this year's conference has been postponed, and this and other subjects were discussed. Meeting outcomes included:

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Review of Research on Covid-19



Review of Research on Covid-19

DE JERSEY; John

The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4072,   Australia (jandjdej@bigpond.net.au)

A number of approaches to alleviate the Covid-19 pandemic have been discussed as well as longer term solutions. It seems possible that, when the pandemic has run its course, Covid-19 will continue at a low level in the community and be controlled by a vaccine and selective drugs developed as a consequence of the pandemic. How rapidly the properties of the virus may change as a result of mutations remains to be seen. Changes may lead to weakening of vaccine efficacy, development of drug resistance and/or to a strengthening or weakening of the virus' infectivity. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted once again the possibility that future viruses may cross the animal human barrier with devastating consequences. Such events are rendered more likely by increases in world population and destruction of wild animal habitat. 

Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, Covid-19 Epidemiology, Covid-19 Treatments

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


HATTA; K. Promoting Psychological and Health Status of the Elderly: The Underlying Mechanisms of Chin-Don Therapy JAS4QoL 2019, 5(1) 4 online at: https://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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Manuscript Submission/Processing fees (local/international transactions)

論文投稿料金 :イメックス ジャパン株式会社へお願いします。

 

The Academic Society for Quality of Life (AS4QoL) has appointed Imex Japan (Publishing) Co. Ltd. as the organization for proofreading, editing, formatting, and posting of manuscripts accepted (after peer review) and for publication in the Journal of Academic Society for Quality of Life, effective January 2019. As part of this arrangement, authors and others receiving these services should submit payments directly to Imex Japan Co. Ltd rather than to AS4QoL. 

 

Prof. Hishashi MATSUDA 

President, AS4QoL 

 

ICQoL2019 – International Conference on Quality of Life

The 2019 International Conference on Quality of Life was be held at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University from Sept 28-29, 2019. Further information can be found at the 2019 conference website.

Moving To Continuous Publication

Beginning January 2019 the editing committee has decided to adopt a continuous publishing model for Journal publication. Individual articles will be released online as they become ready, allowing a steady stream of informative quality articles. We will also be moving to a calendar year issue cycle. In traditional terms, each volume will encompass a single year and consist of a single issue. Publishing on a just-in-time basis allows authors to present their results in a timely fashion, and our readers, students, and colleagues to access our content and cite articles more quickly and free from the restrictions of a predefined timetable. As a result of these changes, the look and style, as well as the function, of the Journal will be different, and hopefully improved.

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ICQoL2018 – International Conference on Quality of Life

The 2018 International Meeting on Quality of Life (Singapore - Malaysia - Cambodia -Thailand) Cruise was held from Sept. 2nd to Sept. 7th, 2018. Please check the 2018 conference website for proceedings and photos from the cruise.

ICQoL2017 – International Conference on Quality of Life

The 2017 International Conference on Quality of Life was held in Penang, Malaysia on 21 - 22 August 2017. Full proceedings and well as photos and other media from the conference are available on the 2017 conference website.

ICQoL2016 – International Conference on Quality of Life

The 2016 International Conference on Quality of Life was held in Kyoto from August 19-21, 2016. Proceedings of the event, as well as conference abstracts and photos and media from the event can be found on the 2016 ICQoL website. Also, some related articles by attendees can be found in the Dec. 2016 JASQoL. We thank all those who planned, assisted, and attended the event for making the event successful and a truly "quality" event.

Welcome Message from the President

Thank you for taking a look at AS4QoL. The fact you are looking at us reflects your humane and kind personality: viz., you care.
We all know that a proper level of material support is essential in our lives, and as we age over time we need certain levels of mental support of quality of life (QoL) to live comfortable, independent, sociably interactive, and happy. And most of all at most of the time, we all try hard not be a burden to society as we age. We aspire to age with a feeling of achievement, a taste of useful contributions to society, near full satisfaction, a journey with grace, and messages to leave behind with knowledge, experience, teachings, findings and wisdom for the benefit of our future generations. Yes, you can: Read, write and contribute to our mouthpiece, or the journal of AS4QoL (JAS4QoL), which dwells in all aspects of QoL for humans and all. JAS4QoL is an online open-viewing medium, and everyone can therefore feel free to access to know more about wholesome QoL.
After reading and when enthusiasm and passion starts brewing in you with useful findings and overflowing feeling of sharing, please get onboard, and join us in our good cause. Read our vision and mission, and come ride along with us with passion. Do read published works, feel free to contribute to our manuscript publication in JAS4QoL, and participate in our upcoming international meetings and all. So, listen to your heart.
We will start accepting your application for membership or manuscript submission once the transaction facilities are in place. Meanwhile keep preparing your manuscript.

Thank you so much for wanting to care.

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