maandag, november 23, 2015

Japan als voorbeeld?

Artikel in de Star over hoe Japan omgaat dementie. De levensverwachting in Japan is 84 jaar, daarmee staat het land boven Canada (82 jaar). De verwachting is dat in 2060 veertig procent van de bevolking ouder is dan 65. (cijfers WHO)

Over the past 15 years, Japanese policy-makers have also changed everything from the social welfare system to the very word for “dementia”. Before, the commonly-used term was chiho, meaning “idiocy” or “stupidity,” even in medical literature. In 2004, the government made an unusual announcement: chiho would know be known as ninchisho, meaning “cognitive disorder.”