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 ...

Documentary shines light on new dementia therapy

Mar 30, 2014

Documentary shines light on new dementia therapy

by Hiroaki Matsuki

A TV producer is winning plaudits internationally for his documentary about an experimental study in the United States on elderly people with dementia that seeks to restore their identities and improve the quality of their final stages of life. With his English-language film titled ...

Feb 27, 2014

Stroke prevention drug found to slow mild dementia

Researchers have found that a drug used in the prevention of strokes, cilostazol, is effective in slowing the progression of mild dementia, according to a study published Thursday in the U.S. online science journal Plos One. The team including Masafumi Ihara, chief physician at ...

Dec 5, 2013

Dementia cases to treble worldwide by 2050: study

The number of people with dementia worldwide is set to explode in the coming decades as the population ages, trebling by 2050, according to a study released Thursday. Some 44 million people already live with the disease, according to the report by Alzheimer’s Disease ...

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 ...

Jun 23, 2013

Epidemic of dementia

Japan needs to address its dementia crisis. A recent survey found that 4.62 million people suffer from it, nearly 1.6 million more than last year's estimate.

Jun 3, 2013

4.6 million elderly are suffering dementia

The number of people with dementia aged 65 or older reached an estimated 4.62 million last year, accounting for 15 percent of the age bracket, according to a health ministry survey. A study group under the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry also calculated that ...