Nov 28, 2014

Emergency rooms struggling to treat people with dementia

Hospitals with emergency departments are having difficulty caring for people with dementia, a survey led by the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology says. About 94 percent of the hospitals that replied said it was difficult to provide care to people with dementia when ...

Experts urge Japan to step up dementia care

Nov 14, 2014

Experts urge Japan to step up dementia care

Japan’s graying population means that building a strong framework for dementia care is among the country’s most pressing issues, but experts say there is considerable room for improvement. “Japan’s health care system is highly developed and highly specialized,” said Shekhar Saxena, director of mental ...

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.

Robin Williams had Parkinson's disease, wife reveals

Aug 15, 2014

Robin Williams had Parkinson's disease, wife reveals

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he was ...

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Jul 16, 2014

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Talking dolls are gaining popularity among elderly people who live alone and may help stave off mental decline. “After spending about a month with this boy, I started to feel affection for him and cannot leave him alone,” said Nobu Komatsu, 86, who lives ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to host dementia conference

Japan will host an international conference on dementia in Tokyo and two other prefectures in early November, the government said. The event will focus on new care and prevention models for the disease, and will take place Nov. 5 to 7, officials said Wednesday. ...