Cullen T. Hayashida, Ph.D.

Active Aging 

Summary of Services:
  • Student teacher and mentor
  • Community presentation
  • Local and international consultant
Experience: Dr. Cullen Hayashida graduated from Farrington High School, the University of Hawaii and Washington, trained at the University of West Indies (Trinidad) and Waseda University (Tokyo). He first started his profession in 1978 working at Kuakini Medical Center on the development of public policy research and new programs for kupuna to expedite their return to home and community base services. Prior to Kuakini Medical Center, Cullen taught at Cleveland, Ohio's Case Western Reserve University in Japanese and Chinese Society studies, but due to his daughter's health he returned home and was required to restart his career. Dr. Hayashida has a Ph.D with over 40 years of conducting and teaching research in gerontology and geriatrics, is a formally licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and worked with international gerontology with colleagues in East Asia since 1987

He is currently a graduate Affiliate Faculty in Sociology Department at University of Hawaii Manoa and with Nursing and the Center on Aging. Many of his notable achievements involve creating the original Residential Alternative Community Care Program using care homes for nursing home care reducing Medicaid's cost in institutional long-term caring and reduced the need for institutional nursing home beds in Hawaii. Today, it is an integral part of the Medicaid home and community based waiver services of Ohana, Kaiser, HMSA, AlohaCare.

He promoted and helped establish the assisted living industry in Hawaii with the work of Assisted Living Options Hawaii, a former non-profit organization that helped to create the state regulations for assisted and independent living in Hawaii.

Cullen is the founding director of the KCC Kupuna Education Center, Hawaii’s first and only gerontology program at the community college level. This is permanently funded to provide non-medical paraprofessional eldercare worker training, family caregiver training and active aging trai
ning. He is also one of several founding directors of Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific in 2002 to promote the active aging agenda in East Asia. Today, ACAP is composed of about 150 members mostly in East Asia.

His dedication to active aging continues as a grandfather with two grandsons and regularly swimming 1000 meters several times a week with a passion for scuba diving. Cullen is also a strong advocate for the active aging agenda today with the creation of Change AGEnts Hawaii, a new active aging consortium. "Don't retire, Rewire".

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