Designed by Thomas Zimmerman Supporting Seniors in Hokkaido
             Designed by Thomas Zimmerman                                                             Supporting Seniors in Hokkaido

Recommended Links

Here we have compiled a number of useful resources for seniors, spanning a broad range of topics. We have vetted these links to ensure they are pertinent to our community.

The web links are organized into categories, including technology, health and safety etc. A list of general senior support organizations are provided at the bottom of the page (many of the links were recommended by those organizations).



"The Expat’s Guide to Growing Old in Japan" by Wm. (Wilhelmina) Penn


One of our long-term resident ex-pats released her latest book in May 2017 using her pen name as written above. The paperback book is also available in Kindle format and both can be purchased through Amazon (links below).

This is very timely as the Hokkaido Multinational Senior Community has been presenting on many of the important issues covered in the book recently. The book is written in English.



Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation - Multilingual Resources


We would like to point out the excellent work being done by our partners at the SICPF. They have put together a comprehensive page containing downloadable files for a number of multilingual resources regarding life in Sapporo; covering topics from childcare to Japanese courses, to a living guide for seniors. Their site also contains links to recent presentations that were jointly held between the HMSC and SICPF.


Also from the SICPF

Disaster Readiness and Prevention (shared with us after the September 6th earthquake in Hokkaido)


Free Professional Consultation for Foreign Nationals (incl. consultation about visas, marriage, tax etc.)


Events (Japanese page: incl. multi-lingual presentations for foreigners)


Comprehensive list of medical institutions in Hokkaido with foreign language support

Technology & Cyber-awareness for Seniors

Online Safety for Seniors: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Seniors Safe Online


10 Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace


Assistive Technology Buying Guide for Seniors and their Caregivers

9 Essential Mobile Device Apps for Senior Citizens

(Note: this explains the kinds of apps seniors should have on their mobile devices rather than listing specific apps.)


5 Ways to Stay Safe on Social Media

(note: not specifically targeted at "seniors")

Finance for Seniors

RetireJapan: A Guide & Blog to Saving & Investment for Retirement in Japan


Retirement Planning Guide - Lexington Law

(notesome US-specific information)


Health for Seniors

Senior Wellness Guide


Doses and Drug Interaction


Addiction in the Elderly


Hip Replacement


Caring for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients - A Guide

(A recommendation from a visitor of our site concerned about her elderly mother in regard to Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. It is an excellent summary of the topic.)


16 Chair Exercises for Seniors & How to Get Started


Older Adults’ Health and Age-Related Changes

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers


Guide to Healthy Eating for Seniors


Sleep Help for Seniors - The Sleep Help Institute


Sleep and Aging - Senior Sleep Guide by Tuck


The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them


Mesothelioma Help Now - Mesothelioma Support

Substance abuse and Caregiving: When to ask for help


A Guide To Understanding And Helping Seniors Overcome Substance Use Disorders


Medication Safety For The Elderly: A Guide For Patients And Caregivers


The Ultimate Guide To Senior Nutrition


The Benefits Of Cooking With Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide


Health: What To Expect In Your 70s And Beyond

Is My Elderly Parent Incompetent? What you can do?


Does Health Insurance cover your Medical Care when you travel abroad?


The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

(a useful link, but please be wary of clicking on the ads)


Alcoholism in Seniors

Home Renovation, DIY for Seniors

Other Topics (incl. safety)

12 Ways To Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation


Caretakers’ Guide To Moving Seniors Into A Facility


The Checklist for Aging in Place

Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know


50 Safety Tips for Seniors

(A link generously shared by young student at a US community center concerned for the safety of her grandmother, who lives alone)

General Links to Senior Support Organizations

Elder Action

(A relatively new senior support site in the United States.)

Elders in Action

(A well-established senior support group in Sapporo's sister city, Portland.)

Elder Impact

(A relatively new site with some useful information about smartphones and fraud prevention for seniors. Note: the site is still in the set-up phase.)

(A relatively new site with a variety of information about safety for seniors, and regular blog posts on a number of topics.)

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