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Emiko Takagi is Assistant Professor in Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She obtained her bachelor's degree (B.S. in Human Sciences) from Osaka University, Japan, master's degree (M.S. in Gerontology) from the University of Arizona, and her doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Sociology) from the University of Southern California. She has been teaching a number of gerontology courses to both undergraduate and graduate students including: Introduction to Gerontology, Social Gerontology, Age and Policy Analysis, and Aging and Diversity. Through her research, Dr. Takagi has been inquiring how social relationships, networks, and support systems influence the well-being of older adults. Her current research particularly focuses on the issues related to older adults' loneliness and social isolation. While she occasionally misses the four seasons (including snow) she used to enjoy in her home country of Japan, she also loves the outdoor excursions, exploring the beautiful parks and beaches in the Bay Area with her family and friends.
Her teaching interests include social, cultural, and policy issues for diverse groups of older adults, by covering topics such as: informal and formal support for older adults, culture and aging, and global aging. She hopes that her teaching will inspire the next generations of gerontologists to develop many more creative and innovative ways to serve the needs of older adults and their families.
Her research examines the relationships between older adults' social network and well-being by examining issues such as intergenerational family relationships, social support, loneliness and social isolation in later life. Her research involves older adults in various national contexts, including the U.S., Japan, and Singapore.
Takagi, E. & Molianari, C. (2016). Global Trends in Long-term Care Policies and Services. In M.H. McSweeney-Feld, C. Molinari, & R. Oetjen (Eds.). Dimensions of Long-Term Care Management: An Introduction (2nd ed.): Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press. Takagi, E. & Saito, Y. (2015). Older adults' loneliness and family relationships in Japan. Ageing International, doi: 10.1007/s12126-015-9219-1.