2014 Consul General's Commendation
The Consulate-General of Japan in New York will honor Isabella Geriatric Center with the Consul-General Commendation for making remarkable contributions to Japan and the Japanese and Japanese-American communities.
Isabella Geriatric Center
President & CEO: Mark J. Kator
Isabella Geriatric Center is a non-profit organization that has provided residential and community-based services for elderly residents of New York City since 1875. Today, Isabella is a large complex offering a wide variety of services. In addition to a 705-bed nursing home, Isabella offers independent senior housing, adult day health care, child daycare, homecare, short- and long-term rehabilitation and a variety of community programs designed to help older adults remain healthy while living at home.
Isabella senior housing offers studio and one-bedroom apartment rentals with small kitchens, making it an enjoyable place to live with a wide range of medical and social support services nearby for when they are needed.
New York has the largest population of Japanese and Japanese Americans after Los Angeles and Shanghai, and in recent years, the aging of Japanese and Japanese Americans in New York and neighboring areas has called for an increase in attention to this issue. In light of this, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, together with various other organizations, helped to establish the Japanese American Association of New York's Committee on Aging Issues in 2005 and continues to work on this issue.
From early on, Isabella senior housing has been a welcoming environment to elderly Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans, as it is clear from the great number of elderly Japanese and Japanese American people now living in approximately 30 of the center's 80 rooms. The number of culturally-sensitive services for the increasing number of Japanese and Japanese Americans in residence at Isabella has grown, as evidenced by its employment of four Japanese assistants.
The First Lady of Japan, Ms. Akie Abe, was warmly received at Isabella Geriatric Center last September during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Through such important exchanges between Japan and the local community, Isabella Geriatric Center has contributed greatly to the friendship between Japan and the United States.