Red Cross Health Class
The elderly people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi accident are experiencing a prolonged evacuation and/or living an inconvenient lifestyle in temporary housing. This has caused great concerns about their physical and mental health. In order to help to prevent disuse syndrome and need for nursing care or to alleviate isolation due to the changed environment and disrupted hometown communities, the Fukushima Chapter gives health classes to the elderly survivors. Recently, we also provide health classes not only at evacuation sites but also for returnees in the areas where the evacuation order has lifted. We expect to further activate the local volunteer activities by carrying out these activities together with the Red Cross volunteer corps and so on.
Organized by: JRCS Fukushima Chapter, JRCS branches, Red Cross volunteer corps, and temporary housing residents’ associations
Venue: Meeting rooms of temporary housing complexes
Eligible participants: The elders aged 65 or older
No. of participants: About 30 persons per class
Instructed by: Healthy life support training instructors (Instructors from other prefectural branches also support), Red Cross volunteers such as the Community Red Cross volunteer corps
(1) Health check (blood pressure, body fat percentage)
(2) Lecture and useful tips for healthy living (Gowns using blankets, hot towels, footbaths, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use AED, stretching exercises, etc.)
(4) Fun activities (Games, folk songs, dance, flower arrangement, relaxation, etc.)
The report of activities in FY 2016 and 2017 were summarized below.
FY 2016 Red Cross Health Class
We held 15 classes in FY 2016. In February 2016, the class were held at Adachi Sports Ground temporary housing (Nihonmatsu City), where evacuees from Namie-Town live. In cooperation with ANA, programs of experiencing virtual flights and making mizuhiki-zaiku (using strings made of Japanese paper called washi and made special shapes mainly used for celebration) straps were added. Participants had a great time with ANA employees and other participants.
FY 2017 Red Cross Health Class
We held 10 classes in FY 2017. In Katsurao Village, where the residents in the entire village were forced to evacuate due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident. It was held in the village for the first time in June 2017, one year after the evacuation order (excluding difficult-to-return areas) was lifted. The classes are still continuing today.
Red Cross First Aid Course
Due to the prolonged evacuation after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the worsening or development of disuse syndrome and life-style related diseases is a concern. Also, many residents who experienced the catastrophe fear occurrences of a new disaster in the future. Therefore, we strive to reduce the concerns of residents by providing a variety of health classes in various places in the prefecture which are the compilation of knowledge and experience the Red Cross has cultivated.
Organized by: JRCS Fukushima Chapter, JRCS city/town/village branches and temporary housing residents’ associations
Instructed by: Instructors of JRCS First Aid Course
Duration: About 2 hours (for a short course)
No. of participants: 10～30 persons
(1) First Aid: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (PCR) and disaster management session on how to use AED (automatic external defibrillator)
(2) Child safety: To prevent accidents in children
(3) Healthy life support lecture: Healthy life style, care management, how to care, and relaxation of shoulders and neck. The course to train skilled people to support the people with dementia with an orange arm band being given when they complete the course
(4) Disaster Management Seminar: emergency rice feeding, First Aid, Session of life and support for the elders at disasters, DIG (Disaster Imagination Game)
The programs were provided at meeting rooms of temporary housing in various places in the prefecture, community halls, and schools. Since FY 2016, the numbers of healthy life support lectures including the care and support for the dementia and disaster management seminar have been increased.
The programs were held 36 and 108 times in FY 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Community reunion event for evacuees
Many of the evacuees are living in temporary housing or private rental housing rented by the prefectural government. They are living scattered inside or outside of Fukushima Prefecture. That means the evacuees are living in areas which are unfamiliar to them and thus, there is little communication with their new neighbors and communities. They are concerned about their future. Furthermore, they have very few opportunities to see their friends and neighbors of their town where they once lived due to the sudden evacuation. From this background, the Fukushima Chapter has organized and held community reunion events to provide opportunities for the evacuees to reunite and regain the relationship they used to enjoy before the earthquake. The municipal governments of the evacuees cooperated in holding the reunion events. The event has ended at the end of FY 2016 since the evacuation order was lifted in most municipalities.
The events have been held in some municipalities since FY 2012, and they were held in the 8 municipalities shown below in FY 2016.
|No. of participants||1,148 (Total No. of eight events)
(Detail: 993 evacuees,155 staff members from the Fukushima Chapter and local municipalities)
|Hirono Town, Naraha Town, Tomioka Town, Kawauchi Village, Okuma Town, Futaba Town, Namie Town, Katsurao Village|
|Program content||・Main activity: The evacuees caught up on each other’s lives and talked
about the reminiscences.
・Entertainment: Magic shows, hula-dance shows, etc. were provided.
・Commemorative pictures: Photos were printed and provided.
|Venue||・Yahataya, Ishikawa, Fukushima Pref
・Hotel Juraku, Fukushima city
Sports and Recreation
For evacuees living in temporary housing and houses provided by municipalities, we provide fun events through sports such as "Park Golf training classes" and "Red Cross Nordic Walk" with the aim of reducing lack of exercise, mental stress in their daily lives, and promoting their better health.
Red Cross Nordic Walking
Nordic walking started with hiking and running with ski poles as a training for cross-country skiers. Walking while talking with each other among the participants leads to promote their good health.
Since only 3 tools clubs, balls and tees are required for park golf and since safety is the first priority not distance everyone can enjoy casually.
The Red Cross Nordic Walk started in 2012. Many of the participants didn’t seem to manage the poles well at first, but when they got used to them, they said that they were able to walk comfortably, and enjoyed walking while taking with large numbers of people. In the park golf program, we held training classes to encourage the survivors to continue exercise.
In 2016, as the first attempt, we held the park golf competition. Eight municipalities forced to evacuate in Futaba county played against each other and deepened their friendship not only within each municipality but also throughout Futaba County.
These programs continued to be implemented in FY 2016 and 2017, and we still provide programs that meet the needs of the survivors.
|Main programs||FY 2016||FY 2017|
|Red Cross Nordic Walking||3||2|
|Fun sport even||—||1|
|Sport club for the elders||—||1|
|Park golf social event||4||2|
|Park golf class||1||1|