Nov 12, 2014

Improving dementia care

The government must make greater efforts to to enable people with dementia to live as normally as possible for as long as possible.

Sep 28, 2014

Nursing care worker shortage

Japan's population is graying rapidly even as a large number of nursing care workers quit their jobs every year, leaving nursing care facilities in dire need of staffing.

Center in Tokai helps foreigners

| Aug 8, 2014

Center in Tokai helps foreigners

A new group has been established in the Tokai region to help foreign residents get educational, medical and welfare services in Japan. Tokai Daily Life Support Center for Foreigners mainly focuses on assisting aging Chinese returnees and helping foreign children learn Japanese. The center ...

Jul 14, 2014

Rising costs of nursing care

Changes to the nursing care insurance system make the delivery of some services for people with less severe medical conditions the responsibility of municipalities, while raising the out-of-pocket share that some care recipients must pay.

Jun 10, 2014

Aeon to launch premium care center for older dogs

The Aeon retail group plans to open a nursing facility for dogs this month at a shopping mall in the city of Chiba that will operate in conjunction with a 24-hour surgery clinic, gym and swimming pool for pets in the mall, the company ...

Elder care with a human touch

Nov 20, 2013

Elder care with a human touch

by Sawako Obara

Humanitude, a caregiving method developed in France that emphasizes eye contact, touch and verbal communication to convey respect for the patient as a human being, is gaining attention in Japan for treating patients with dementia. Tokyo Medical Center in Meguro Ward, one of the ...

Sep 10, 2013

Home nursing care for the elderly

The central and local governments should begin concrete efforts to build an effective network so the transition from caring for the elderly in special nursing care facilities to caring for them in their own homes will go smoothly.

Robot niche expands in senior care

Jun 19, 2013

Robot niche expands in senior care

by Mai Iida

Given Japan’s rapidly aging population, efforts are accelerating to devise more practical and affordable robots to help seniors handle daily tasks, as well as to cope with a projected shortage of caregivers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has allocated ¥2.39 billion in the fiscal ...

May 13, 2013

13% of middle-aged men quitting jobs to take care of parents

Middle-aged men are quitting paid work to care for elderly parents in increasing numbers, a new study shows. According to the study by the Institute for Research on Household Economics, 13.4 percent of men aged between 40 and 64 living with parents requiring nursing ...