When young people say "shukatsu," they mean job-hunting. But nowadays, older people are grimly playing on the word by changing the kanji for "shu" to convey a different kind of activity: preparing for "the end."

How are people preparing for death? Why has the elderly version of the term become such a buzzword in recent years?

Following are questions and answers about the elderly and how they are preparing for the final phase of life: