Partners [Medical, Care & Welfare]

Shinji Kato

Director, Planning and of Human Resources Consulting Division, Social Welfare Research Corporation

SHinji Kato graduated from the Faculty of Physical & Health Education in University of Tokyo and acquires the qualifications for Certified Social Worker, Health Fitness Programmer, Registered Management Consultant, Certified Skilled Worker of Financial Planning (1st-class).

He has been engaged in planning and designing of elderly nursing homes and their opening assistance, in addition to consulting management, developing business strategy for urban building for aging society and various investigations. Focusing on the voices of users and staff, he has researched nearly 1,000 facilities in 20 years on site.

The main products of the elderly nursing homes he was engaged in, are of following clients: The Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc., Toho Real Estate Co., Ltd., Healthcare Systems, Inc., Cleanup Corporation, Kanagawa Prefectural Housing Supply Corporation, Tokyo Metropolitan Housing Supply Corporation. As for welfare facility, he worked for social welfare corporations. And as for planning senior housing community, he worked on new town projects in Osaka, Okinawa and Kanagawa and so on .

Now he is assigned to the coordinator of a Health and Welfare Research Committee of a regional developing project in Kanagawa Prefecture. And in Odawara, his home town, he is elected to a member of investigative commissions for the care-town-concept and for the business planning of Long- term Care Insurance. He wrote the part of senior housing and nursing home in “ Estate Planning and Building Development Manual 2011-12" published from X-Knowledge Co., Ltd.

Ari Yabumoto

Cheif Operating Officer, Center for Studies on Ageing Socieities
President, Humanite Co. Ltd. 

Ari Yabumoto is the President of Finance Clinic Inc., an innovative one-stop consultancy on a wide range of problems from legal to medical matters. Utilizing a network of professionals, Finance Clinic provides clients with solutions for various family problems in today’s aging society. She founded the company in 2002 with an award she received from the Fuji Sankei Communications Group’s Support Fund for women entrepreneurs. 

Finance Clinic has received extensive coverage in the international press.  In 2006, for example, Finance Clinic was described as “Japan’s new business” in a newspaper in Taiwan. It was also reported on throughout Europe in 2007 by ZDF, the German public television network. At the World Aging & Generations Congress held in Switzerland in 2006, Ms. Yabumoto attracted considerable attention. 

Ms Yabumoto writes a column for two major national newspapers: the Asahi Shimbun (2002-2008) and theSankei Shimbun (2005-).

In February 2008, Ms. Yabumoto founded Humanite Co. Ltd., as another way to contribute to the society by supporting people’s desire to “make their lives better and happier.”  She became Chief Operating Officer of Center for Studies on Ageing Socieities as of April 1, 2011.

Peter J. Whitehouse

Professor of Neurology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology as well as former Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Bioethics and History. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MD-PhD (Psychology) from The Johns Hopkins University (with field work at Harvard and Boston Universities, followed by a Fellowship in Neuroscience and Psychiatry and a faculty appointment at Hopkins). With colleagues he discovered fundamental aspects of the cholinergic pathology in Alzheimer’s and related dementias, which lead to the development of our current generation drugs to treat these conditions. In 1986 he moved to Case Western Reserve University to develop the University Alzheimer Center, now a part of the University Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. This center became one of the ten best funded in the world. He continued his own life-long learning with a Masters Degree in Bioethics and Fellowship in Organizational Behavior at Case. In 1999 he founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational School, a unique public multiage, community school (www.tisonline.org). This award winning school serves learners of all ages from Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs and is committed to excellence in life-long learning and spirited citizenship. He has been active in SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) and CSP (College Scholars Program). He developed courses for undergraduates focusing on the theme of wisdom. He helped develop the new medical school curriculum and teaches in various programs including Foundations of Clinical Medicine, a longitudinal program focusing on professionalism and leadership. He plans to spend the rest of his life developing and participating in innovative learning environments that promote the creation of collective wisdom and contribute to environmental sustainability and social justice.

He is clinically active at University Hospitals of Cleveland in the Joseph Foley Elder Health Center at Fairhill Center caring for individuals with concerns about their cognitive abilities as they age. He is working to develop an integrative health practice focused on the healing power of storytelling. He envisioned and cofounded the Greenwall Foundation supported StoryBank, a regional resource for transdisciplinary analysis and utilization of narratives of illness and health that foster community well-being.

His research interests include the neurobiology of what he used to refer to as Alzheimer's disease and related conditions, the development of more effective treatments for individuals with cognitive impairment, including drugs and non-biological interventions, ethical issues in the medical profession and integrative health care systems. He has a particular interest in narrative medicine and has developed a number of programs focusing on the value of reading and writing for cognitive vitality. These include a National Institutes of Health funded project to examine whether reading delays cognitive impairment as we age and various multimedia family interventions to promote re-membering. His other current NIH grants focus on quality of life, treatment interventions and genetic testing in dementia.

He founded the International Working Group for the Harmonization of Dementia Drug Guidelines and co-founded or has leadership roles in other national and international groups focusing on the consequences of aging on the world. 

He is the author (with Danny George) of a provocative book entitled The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told about Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis,(www.themythofalzheimers.com). Through this book and related projects he hopes to transform our thinking about brain aging and contribute to his own successful cognitive aging.

He is the grateful husband of Catherine, father of three vibrant young women, and the son of wonderful parents.

G. Richard (Dick) Ambrosius

Vice President of Communications and Culture, PRAXEIS LLC

At PRAXEIS, LLC, Ambrosius provides the synergy between sales, marketing, operations, educational programming, and visionary planning. He is a certified instructor of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a published author (Choices & Changes – a positive aging guide to life planning, Positively Aging, and The Art of the Possible), and a frequent contributor to aging related national and international publications.

Ambrosius first joined PRAXEIS in 1999 as a Vice President of Marketing and played a key role in the concept of creating virtual communities well in advance of construction. After a two-year hiatus assisting struggling planned adult communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia; and fulfilling a variety of speaking and consulting assignments, he rejoined the PRAXEIS senior management team in January of 2007; and continues to accept limited speaking engagements. 

In 1982, Ambrosius founded one of the nation’s first marketing and training companies to specialize in the maturing marketplace and served as CEO for 17 years. In 1997, Entrepreneur Magazine selected him as SD’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1980, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Advisory Committee for the 1981 White House Conference on Aging, where he was also a delegate and Committee Keynote speaker. In 2005, he the Chairman appointed Ambrosius as a delegate-at-large for the 2005 White House Conferences on Aging.

He is co-founder of a 15-year old mature market think tank group, The Society, and a recognized authority on changing population trends and their impact on sales, marketing, customer service, management practices, and customer service. As a professional speaker and workshop facilitator, he has educated and entertained professionals in 49 states. 

Dick holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota. He lives in Middleburg, Florida with his wife, and the youngest of three children. Dick is a decorated Viet Nam veteran.