As we posted yesterday, ‘Kodokushi’, lonely death in Japanese, means someone who passes away at home, unnoticed by anyone else.   This is an unfortunate consequence of modern societies in which many elders find themselves being isolated when living alone without friends or family.

One successful solution from Japan is the creation of local cafe programs that local governments and nonprofit organizations are operating to create a better environment for the elderly to mitigate this sense of isolation.

As reported in The Japan Times, one such cafe is the Iki Iki Salon, run by the Chiba municipality.   The cafe allows people to be connected and to communicate – a real life demonstration of The Power of Community.