A method developed in France for providing care to people with dementia is growing in popularity among nursing homes in Japan, where dramatic improvements in the condition of both residents and staff have been reported.

"Humanitude," which focuses on respecting each person's dignity and independence, is considered effective in developing positive relationships between people working at welfare facilities as well as improving patients' conditions.

With its name combining the words "human" and "attitude," humanitude is a practical philosophy developed more than 30 years ago by physical education teacher Yves Gineste and his colleagues.