Programme (Online)

This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Tuesday, March 29, 2022Wednesday, March 30, 2022Thursday, March 31, 2022Virtual Presentations

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
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15:00-15:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

15:10-16:10: Keynote Presentation
The Rehabilitation of a Buddhist Heretic
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

16:10-16:20: Break

16:20-17:20: Keynote Presentation
Religion and COVID 19 in the United States: The Good, the Bad, and the Shocking
Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, United States

17:20-17:30: Break

17:30-18:30: Keynote Presentation
Successful Prophecy? Jehovah’s Witnesses, Covid-19 and the War in Ukraine
George Chryssides, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

18:30-18:40: Break

18:40-19:40: Moderated Discussion Panel
Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Dilemmas in Responding to COVID
George Chryssides, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, United States
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan (Moderator)

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12:00-13:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: International Religion / Spirituality
Room B: General Psychology

13:40-13:50: Break

13:50-15:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
Room B: Mental Health

15:05-15:15: Break

15:15-16:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3
Room A: Ethics
Room B: General Psychology

16:30-16:40: Break

16:40-17:55: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4
Room A: International Ethics / Philosophy
Room B: Linguistics / Language & Psychology / Behavioral Science

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
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09:00-09:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

09:10-10:10: Panel Presentation
Helping Hands – Robotic Assistance in Supporting and Maintaining Social Interactions with Elders
Hee Rin Lee, Michigan State University, United States
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Keith W. Miller, University of Missouri – St. Louis, United States
Ryuji Yamazaki-Skov, Osaka University, Japan

10:10-10:20: Break

10:20-11:20: Panel Presentation
Missing You – Resilience, Renewal and Rebuilding Intergenerational Contact Within Families
Debbie Howard, Aging Matters International, Japan
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Lowell Sheppard, Never Too Late Academy, Japan

11:20-11:30: Break

11:30-12:30: Workshop Presentation
NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

12:30-12:50: Break

Room A: Aging and Gerontology
12:50-14:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Aging and Gerontology: Social Integration and Engagement
14:30-14:40: Break
14:40-15:55: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2: Aging and Gerontology: Wellbeing
15:55-16:05: Break
16:05-17:20: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3: Aging and Gerontology: Policy and Response
17:20-17:30: Conference Closing Address

Room B: Psychology and Education
12:50-13:50: Featured Presentation
Perceived Stress of Students During Online Learning
Roswiyani Roswiyani, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

13:50-14:00: Break
14:00-15:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Psychology and Education

Virtual Poster Presentations
Aging and Gerontology
62083 | Relationship Between Self-Perception Towards Ageing and Subjective Well-Being of Older Adults
62304 | Localizing the Ambivalent Ageism Scale for Japan
62911 | Discrimination of Elderly Patients in Health Care: A Case Study in Lithuania
62434 | Loneliness Experience Among Cognitively-intact Elderly Nursing Home Residents in Singapore – An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations
Aging and Gerontology
62014 | An Examination of Patterns and Facilitators of Internet Use Among Older Americans
62253 | Effects of Demographic Characteristics on Self-Perception Towards Ageing Among Older Adults
62367 | Changes in Quality of Life of the Elderly in Korea after the COVID-19 Pandemic
62757 | Is Precarious Work for Middle-aged and Elderly People Divided by Gender in Korea?
62958 | Towards Successful Aging and Well-being in Later Life: Lay Perspectives From Chinese Elders
62962 | Preparedness of Health Facilities to Provide Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke Management to the Growing Elderly Population Living in Bangladesh
62998 | Prevalence of Associated Factors of Disability Among Older Adults With Hypertension in Southeast Asia: A Scoping Review
62379 | Suicide in Older Adults Aged 75+ Living in Long-term Care Facilities: A National Register-based Study
62411 | Foot Care Intervention for Older People With Dementia: A Scoping Review
62715 | ‘Who Let the Dogs in’? Exploring the Potential for Developing Dog Projects With Older Prisoners
62313 | Chinese Family Caregivers of Older Adults: A Mismatch of Their Needs and Services in the Community

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
    NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
    Panel Presentation: James McNally & Kathryn Lavender
  • Helping Hands: Robotic Assistance in Supporting and Maintaining Social Interactions with Elders
    Helping Hands: Robotic Assistance in Supporting and Maintaining Social Interactions with Elders
    Panel Presentation: Hee Rin Lee, James W. McNally, Keith W. Miller & Ryuji Yamazaki-Skov
  • Missing You: Resilience, Renewal and Rebuilding Intergenerational Contact Within Families
    Missing You: Resilience, Renewal and Rebuilding Intergenerational Contact Within Families
    Panel Presentation: Debbie Howard, James W. McNally & Lowell Sheppard

Virtual Presentations


Conference Programme

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on February 28, 2022. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

Final Programme

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The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule.

Important Information Emails

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Previous Programming

View details of programming for past AGen conferences via the links below.

NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
Panel Presentation: James McNally & Kathryn Lavender

Research serves the general good of the public, and the value of research data increases as it becomes discoverable, reusable, and applicable to a variety of industries and disciplines. Data archives allow research data to be distributed widely and in multiple formats, enabling the research community to share and reuse data on-demand and keep the data safe and preserved. As data archives and the research community become more efficient with data sharing and preservation, the data materials can become more accessible, which can benefit a variety of disciplines and enable team science/multidisciplinary research opportunities. The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) is one of several social science data archives focusing on data on aging. Our mission is to advance research on aging populations and be a resource to the research community. NACDA offers data from all over the globe. Our archival system also provides a mechanism for the equitable distribution of data resources, so it can be used by any researcher, supporting a multitude of research opportunities.

This workshop, sponsored by IAFOR and NACDA, will offer hands-on examples of discovering data resources, obtaining them, and then implementing them as part of a research strategy. This workshop will facilitate your work, whether you are a student looking for a thesis topic, an instructor looking for research material to use in classroom teaching, or an established researcher looking for new opportunities. The wealth of publicly available data has created almost unlimited opportunities to explore new themes and collaborate with other researchers worldwide. NACDA has been in existence for over 35 years, and it preserves and distributes over 1,500 studies on the lifecourse and health in the United States and worldwide. Funded by the National Institute on Aging in the United States, NACDA represents one of the world’s largest research data collections.

The workshop will introduce you to the data resources NACDA offers and its many research partners worldwide. All researchers attending The 8th Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen2022), The 12th Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP2022), or The 12th Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2022) are welcome to participate in this workshop. We invite you to ask questions and learn about data resources you can use for research, classroom instruction, or developing a research paper or thesis for your college classes. All you need is your laptop or mobile device, and our instructors will help you better understand the wealth of information that lies at your fingertips. If you would like to send us questions in advance of the workshop, please email [email protected] in advance of the conference, and we will try to incorporate your questions into the content.

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Helping Hands: Robotic Assistance in Supporting and Maintaining Social Interactions with Elders
Panel Presentation: Hee Rin Lee, James W. McNally, Keith W. Miller & Ryuji Yamazaki-Skov

The use of robotic assistive devices in nursing homes, residential facilities, and homebound elders has rapidly increased as technology has improved. Researchers have argued that robotics will play a significant role in the coming decades. Lifelike animals provide visual and physical stimuli to impaired elders. Still, more advanced technology now allows robotics to provide communication support, reminders, and the ability to interact with family members and offer eldercare virtually. Alternatively, some care advocates have expressed concern that robotics will become a substitute for in-person interactions between elders, family members, and support networks. There are also concerns that the extensive use of robotics may negatively impact the quality of care received by the individual from residential providers. This panel will offer an authoritative discussion of the positive uses of robotics in supporting and supplementing the care of homebound, disabled, or cognitively impaired elders. While recognizing the potential risk of abuse if robotics becomes a substitute for care, the panel will emphasize how robotics can improve the emotional health of elders and best practices to ensure that robotics represents a supplemental tool to improve the overall quality of life of the older population.

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Missing You: Resilience, Renewal and Rebuilding Intergenerational Contact Within Families
Panel Presentation: Debbie Howard, James W. McNally & Lowell Sheppard

The year 2020 was a time of resilience, with widespread separation and the suspension of family contact and intergenerational support. Following this was a time of rebuilding and renewal as vaccines for the COVID-19 virus slowly became more available, and as a result, the re-emergence of intergenerational visits and the re-initiation of suspended contacts. As we enter 2022, we begin to create a “new normal” that will allow for the safe return of intergenerational support, visiting, and sharing. While many problems remain, concern for our elders is creating new ways to interact while reducing the risk of infection. Families are reuniting and finding ways to support and share experiences in a post-pandemic world. This plenary session will share the stories of three researchers and their experiences in attempting to maintain and re-establish physical and emotional contact with elders isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their stories express the shared concern, fear, and hope that we all experienced when cut off from our families during the pandemic.

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