Saturday, 5 December 2015

A problem to come - dementia

By 2017, one in 17 Japanese will have dementia. Here’s how the country plans to cope - Quartz:
"Like young children, elderly people with dementia are prone to wandering off and getting lost. Few nations know this like Japan, where last year more than 10,700 people with dementia were reported missing—up by about 460 from the previous year, according to the national police agency.
That number is only likely to keep climbing. Japan now has more than 10 million people over the age of 80, and enough women over 100 to fill New York’s Yankee Stadium.
One quarter of the country’s residents are already above 65, the working-age population is rapidly shrinking, and the nation’s birth rate fell to a record low last year—as it did in the previous three years.
And its life expectancy, meanwhile, remains unusually high."

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