Japan is a graying society. More than a quarter of the population is over 65 and life expectancy for women is a whopping 86. Yoshie Senda is a dedicated 80-year-old on a mission. For the past 16 years, she has been rebuilding ties within her community in a collective effort to tackle elderly isolation in Tokyo’s Adachi ward. Located in northeastern Tokyo, the ward has one of the highest concentrations of elderly people in the metropolis. While trying her best to embrace her golden years, Yoshie spends much of her time visiting her peers and creating a space where they can have fun and share their memories.

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By Kate