Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Govt Outlines 7-Pillar Strategy to Deal with Dementia

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Govt Outlines 7-Pillar Strategy to Deal with Dementia

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As measures to help the estimated 8 million people in the nation with dementia or incipient dementia, the government intends to establish seven pillars, including the promotion of greater public awareness of the disease, according to a draft outline of the government's first national strategy to tackle the issue.

The strategy, dubbed the "New Orange Plan," is aimed at creating a society in which people with dementia can continue to live in the areas they are accustomed to. The seven pillars listed in the draft outline also include the creation of regional areas prepared to deal with such issues as missing persons, development of preventive measures and treatment, and emphasis on the point of view of people with dementia, it was learned Friday.

The government is expected to officially decide on the plan by mid-January next year.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the government's intention to devise the plan at a conference on dementia in Tokyo in November. Led by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, a total of 12 ministries and agencies jointly compiled the plan, which contains measures the entire country should tackle by 2025, when members of the baby boom generation will be 75 or older.

According to the draft, the government will introduce a program to provide interaction with dementia sufferers and others at schools, to deepen understanding of the condition across generations. …

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