For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

Feb 26, 2015

Elder care givers take on surge in demand

by Sawako Obara

Elder-to-elder nursing care is expanding in Japan due to the aging of care workers. The ratio of elderly workers is rapidly rising in the nursing care sector because young people are unwilling to take on the tough, low-paying work. While care services, including bathing ...

Feb 18, 2015

Nursing care compensation plan

The government should consider overhauling the nursing care insurance system to ensure stable services for the elderly and to rationalize the system's overall operation.

Jan 14, 2015

Risky nursing care cutbacks

The government should carefully monitor the nursing care industry to ensure that budgetary cutbacks do not reduce quality of their services.

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.