This study presents on specific community arrangements can help fulfill a number of social psychological functions such as identity maintenance, quality of life and relational well-being and allow for a more empowering social representation of residents.
Beginning in 1991, the CEC Study sought to investigate factors associated with well-being and healthy longevity, with the goal of creating a health-promoting program that would maximize quantity and quality of life for residents. The field is a typical community in a suburban area of Japan, with a population of almost 5,000. All of the residents were invited to participate, and all agreed. Follow up studies were conducted to investigate factors associated with longevity and life satisfaction. The goal was not just increased longevity – it was also specifically to empower residents in the community to become educated about their own health, to both create and take advantage of options and resources for improving and maintaining their physical and emotional health, so that ultimately they could take charge of their own health choices and activities. The process goal was also to engage them in the intergenerational empowering process of designing and building the community-based resources that they could use in the service of increasing the quantity and quality of their lives.