Jan 22, 2015

Testing elderly drivers for dementia

The National Police Agency will propose a revision to the traffic law to have drivers at least 75 years old who are suspected of suffering from senile dementia submit a medical certificate to the police indicating whether they should be allowed to keep driving.

Help at hand for dementia patients

Jan 6, 2015

Help at hand for dementia patients


They would enter the bank and ask for their cash. Yuriko Asahara, behind the counter, would check where they would stash it — in the side pocket of a handbag or perhaps deep down in a shoulder bag. Asahara wasn’t spying. She knew she’d ...

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.

Apr 21, 2014

A need for special nursing homes

The number of elderly people suffering from senile dementia and other conditions that require critical nursing care is rising, yet Japan faces a serious shortage of facilities that can provide such care.

A confused future for our baby boomers

| Dec 21, 2013

A confused future for our baby boomers


No generation in the history of mankind is more reviled than that of the baby boomers, who grew up during the age of mass media. Raised on TV and glossy magazines, they connected to a world their parents knew almost nothing about, and with ...

Feb 20, 2013

Making senior facilities safer

Japan's central and local governments must find out why fires at four group homes for the elderly have resulted in at least 28 deaths since 2006.