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. ...

Jun 2, 2014

Revised law compels drivers to declare ills

A revised road traffic law that took effect over the weekend obliges drivers to declare illnesses that could pose safety risks behind the wheel. Those who make false reports will be jailed for up to 12 months or fined up to ¥300,000. The revised ...

Getting past the stigma of dementia

| May 24, 2014

Getting past the stigma of dementia

by Philip Brasor

Last April, the Nagoya High Court ordered a 91-year-old woman in Obu, Aichi Prefecture, to pay ¥3 million in compensation to JR Tokai for disruption of service after her husband was struck and killed by one of the company’s trains. The man, who was ...