Population aging is an issue facing by Taiwan and some developed countries. The elderly has higher demand for long-term care, thus the family members need to devote more time and energy to fulfill the demand of their parents. The introduction of "healing" concept into daily life and working environment can enhance the well-being and improve the life quality of the elderly and their family members.
HEAR Center is chaired by Prof. Ying-Chyi Chou. The center comprised of post-doctoral fellows, postgraduate doctoral students, experts from various field (medicine, finance, food, music, landscape architecture, sports recreation and health management and management) and more than 10 postgraduate students. Under the leading of Prof. Chou, all the members in the center work together in the designing, development and implementation of research, seminars, healing management related courses and program. The center shares their findings with the public through workshops, symposium, conference and seminar.
The establishment of HEAR Center aims to improve the life quality of the people through the development of a systematic healing environment model. To achieve the aim, we bring together experts from different fields. Through the investigation, research, cooperation and idea sharing between the experts, we would like to develop a systematic healing environment model that can help to reduce the working environment pressure.
In academic research area, currently we are collaborating with researchers from Malaysia, Indonesia, USA , France and Japan. Members in our center compare the influence of different culture on the healing environment for the elderly. For the cooperation between the university and the industry, our center is now collaborating with the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital and Standard Chemical & Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
In the past, we had visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, USA, France, Beijing, Quanzhou to inspect and study the healing environment centers found in the countries. Other than that, Hear Center had collaborated with the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital in organizing three international conferences every year.
In the future, we hope to design and develop more healing environment model that can cater the needs of different group of people. We would like to collaborate and share ideas with experts from all over the word.