Members of the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center announced plans this week to build a $7-million assisted living home for elderly people who need daily help with personal care and preparing food.
The 100-bed home, to be called Nikkei Senior Gardens, will offer traditional Asian food, Japanese strolling gardens and such activities as bonsai tree sculpting.
"In some instances, because seniors are living much longer, sometimes families move and the elderly are left here without any family," said Harold Muraoka, 67, a co-chairman of the Senior Gardens project. "In the past, it used to be that the families would take care of the parents. It was a cultural thing."
But traditions are changing, he said. "The younger generation today doesn't have the same type of outlook that their parents and grandparents had," he said.