“There are so many opportunities in the community—especially in education, parks and recreation, housing, faith-based groups, and policy—to incorporate high quality intergenerational programming, and I’m excited to use my voice to support this movement.”
Senior Manager, Blue Zones Project Hawaii
At the age of 25, Colby Takeda became one of the country’s youngest senior living administrators when he opened a new assisted living community in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pairing his work with older adults with his passion for empowering youth, he became a champion for intergenerational activities and led various programs to bring the bookend generations together. These included photovoice workshops between students and older adults with dementia and walkability audits to promote age-friendly street design. Takeda also co-authored It’s Just Aging, a children’s picture book that received the 2018 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging.
Takeda is now a senior manager with Blue Zones Project Hawaii, a well-being initiative that shares practices from the longevity hot-spots—blue zones—around the world. In this role, he works in communities across Hawaii to develop innovative programs, cross-sector partnerships, and effective health policies to improve population health and make healthy choices easier.
He is also the president of Kaho‘omiki, a nonprofit organization that promotes regular physical activity and good nutrition for people of all ages, and coordinates wellness activities such as the Hawaii Senior Games.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Willamette University, Takeda earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hawai’i Shidler College of Business and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity.