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Having worked with people with dementia for over 12 years in the United States, I am very impressed with the measures described in your May 1 editorial, “Helping people with dementia.” I wish the U.S. was as proactive as Japan is in preparing for the onslaught of people who will be affected by this horrible disease. People definitely need to be educated about this disease and given tools to help caretakers.

During a three week visit to Japan five years ago, I was very impressed with the kindness and consideration of Japanese people and the education system. These government measures are indicative of some of what I admired in Japan.

ann hallett

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