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National Chung Cheng University (CCU) has been devoted to researches about health care for many years and has outstanding performance in the areas of humanities and social sciences. Especially the departments of Social Welfare, Labor Relations, Adult and Continuing Education, and Graduate Institute of Education at CCU have pioneered in the researches on aging policy and education in Taiwan. In addition, in collaboration with the Joint Center at the Buddhist Dalin Tzu-Chi General Hospital, we have conducted a successful project on osteoarthritis of the knee. The success of this project lies in our understanding of the elders’ attitude toward the implementation of artificial joint. Building on this successful experience, we’ve further developed an ‘elders-centered’ research approach. With this approach, we have extended our collaboration with other major hospitals such as Buddhist Dalin Tzu-Chi General Hospital, Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, and Chang Gung Medial Foundation Chiayi Branch in the area to mobilize the volunteer workers to install a program in which effective strategies are implemented to provide a comprehensive care of aging patients with chronic disease. At the same time, based on the data base of National Health Insurance, we have estimated the rate of common chronic disease in the area, and thereby constructed a new comprehensive care model with preventative medicine. Thus, CCU has already gained successful experience in collaboration with nearby major hospitals for building up a preventative and comprehensive care of aging patients with common chronic diseases in the area. Below we list our achievements at CCU in various areas which form strong foundations for our research on aging society.
In the area of medical technology, we have made use of measurement technique on tribology interface characteristic and fiber-optic localized plasmon resonance biosensors (developed from the National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program in Taiwan) to design an effective analysis of cartilaginous soft tissues. Furthermore, we have integrated current knowledge from medical science, psychology, and sociology with new technology such as wireless sensing network, non-invasive vital signal detection radar, intelligent assistive robots to construct a behavior and context aware system for clinical analysis and treatment.
There are several cutting-edge technological inventions at CCU. It is worth mentioning that the research team at CCU is the first research team in Taiwan to develop the technology of non-invasive vital signal detection radar. This technology can clearly detect heartbeat and wave patterns of glottal vibration without bio-chips. Its sensing distance can reach 8 meters. In terms of length, it ranked only second in the world record. The team at CCU has published more than a dozen of articles on wireless sensing network in the Journal of IEEE Pervasive Computing. The publications have been cited more than 300 times. The intelligent assistive robot is also the first of its kind in Taiwan.
The Department of Psychology and Graduate Institute of Linguistics at CCU have been devoted to researches on different aspects of human cognition. As a matter of fact, CCU established the first Center of Cognitive Science in Taiwan in 1990. The findings in the researches of sentence interpretation, semantic evaluation, memory, error control, sleeping, emotions, and facial expressions have been published in prestigious international journals. There are six professors from CCU that have received Outstanding Research Award from National Science Council. (Yuh-shiow Lee, James H-Y. Tai, Niina Ning Zhang, James Myers and Jenn-Yeu Chen and Shulan Hsieh who have recently moved National Cheng Kung University.) The research of cognitive abilities for elders is just starting in our country. There is no doubt that our outstanding scholars in cognition will form a strong research team in aging and cognition.
CCU also established the first Department of Social Welfare in Taiwan, and the professors in the Department have been devoted to the researches of welfare issues on elders for years. Several professors have assisted the government in policy planning in National Pension and National Health Care. Some of them play an instrumental role in administration as well. For example, Prof. Michael Hsiao-Ping Chen had served as the Vice Director of Bureau of National Health Insurance. Thus, CCU has a great deal of expertise which stands ready for social welfare and health care for the elders in Taiwan.
The researches on aging society inevitably involve the making and integration of new laws and regulations. The College of Law at CCU is outstanding in the fields of social law and labor law and will facilitate the integration of aging researches with new laws and regulations.
The Department of Adult and Continuing Education and the Graduate Institute of Elder Education had assisted the Ministry of Education and National Science Council in policy-planning of lifelong learning system in Taiwan since 2004. They have investigated the current condition of elder education in Taiwan and proposed a white paper on implantation of elder education. They also proposed a cultivation program of talents for elder education to make plans and cultivate talented future teachers for elder education. Other related departments have participated in building up the adult community learning system and planning for creative cultural activities. These accumulated experiences provide solid foundations for researches of elder education and learning.
CCU has many crucial publications in the various of our researches on aging. The following five research papers are representative works collected from each area.
Shaw-Ruey Lyu, Jeh-En Tzeng, Chia-Yuan Chang, Ai-Ru Jian, and De-Shin Liu, “Mechanical Strength of Mediopatellar Plica - the Influence of Its Fiber Content,” Clinical Biomechanics, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 860-863, October, 2006. (SCI ,EI)
Ren-Hung Hwang, Shan-Yi Tsai and Chiung-Ying Wang, “UbiPhone: Human-centered Ubiquitous Phone System,” IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 8, no. 2, PP. 40-47, April-June 2009. (SCI)
Lee, T. U. and Hsieh, S., “The limits of attention for visual perception and action in aging,” Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, pp. 311-329, 2009.
Wu, S. C., Wang, George C., Lu, P. C., Chuang, K. Y., Chang, M., Dai, Y. T. and Chao, A. L., A Pilot Program for the Development of Long-term Care System(2001/2002/2003), Taipei: The Ministry of the Interior, 2001/2002/2003.(Chinese)
Huang, C. S., “The development of educational gerontology in Taiwan: An interpretive and critical perspective,” Educational Gerontology, 36, pp. 968-987, 2010.(SSCI)
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