Senile seniors challenge Japan Inc.

Apr 10, 2014

Senile seniors challenge Japan Inc.

by Sawako Obara

As businesses grapple with the social changes being brought about by the rapidly graying population, dealing with senility has become a fact of life at shops and banks. Supermarket operators and banks have been struggling to figure out how best to handle customers with ...

Feb 4, 2014

Care home shortage grows acute in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and 23 ward offices are stepping up efforts to address an acute shortage of special nursing homes for the elderly. The homes are for people 65 or older and recognized by municipal governments as needing daily care. Tokyo has some ...

Inventors of self-help tools sought for disabled, infirm

Jan 30, 2014

Inventors of self-help tools sought for disabled, infirm

A welfare organization has begun compiling a database of “self-help equipment” designed to help elderly and disabled people make use of ordinary everyday items on their own, increasing their independence. Last December, the Association for Technical Aids, an incorporated public interest foundation based in ...

Neanderthals cared for elderly

Dec 21, 2013

Neanderthals cared for elderly

New findings at a Neanderthal burial ground in France have bolstered the notion that they cared for their elders, researchers say. The research is based on excavations around the skeleton of an elderly male Neanderthal, the “old man of La Chapelle,” who could barely ...

Elderly pair stay put in evacuated village

Dec 10, 2013

Elderly pair stay put in evacuated village

by Kazuma Kuroki

Toshi, 93, and Kinjiro Ide, 97, have chosen to live out their lives at their home in the village of Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, where evacuated residents are still hesitant to return due to the radioactive threat from the nearby nuclear plant catastrophe. The entire ...

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Lessons in life

Young man #1: Old men really don’t like being overtaken in the pool. Young man #2: Or on the road. Young man #1: Or when lining up for the train during rush-hour. Young man #2: In life. — Komazawa Park, Setagaya, Tokyo. Overheard by ...