1. NEWS AND INFORMATION
*”A carer’s perspective on dementia” (www:alzheimersaukland 10th July 2011 )
*”Shrinkage: Now it’s our brain” (CBS 25th July 2011)
2. AAJ HEADQUARTERS UPDATE
*AAJ held a regular board meeting in Kyoto on 28th August and evaluated the activities of the first part of the year discussed about projects of the latter half of the year. The main agenda was the
project of “Carer’s care.”
*AAJ will conduct research on “carer’s care” for AAJ 500 members to make a proposal to improve dementia care from the point of view of PWDs and carers themselves. It will start from September.
3. Congratulatory message from The Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare
By Ritsuo Hosokawa, The Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare
This year is the 18th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Day. Innumerable activities have been carried out to improve the quality of lives of PWDs and there carers all over the world. In Japan, AAJ has been taking a significant role in this and I respect the achievement of AAJ.
Now the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is developing a national campaign called “Dementia Supporters Project”cooperating with local governments and various organizations such as AAJ. In 2010, the number of supporters was over 2 million and half all over Japan. Please continue this good coordination and act together to build up a comfortable society for PWDs and their carers.
We wish that AAJ will thrive and act powerfully more and more.
By Dr. I.Hayakawa
4. LETTERS FROM MEMBERS
*I am very anxious about People with dementia and their carers in disaster areas. How dreadful they felt! And still now how they must stand such a severe situation. I can just pray for their recovery. (64- year-old woman)
*I am a professional care giver and have been taking care of my mother from last June. And then I realized how difficult it is to take care of a family member. Though I can care for anyone appropriately with calmness and a respectful attitude, I am always confused taking care of my mother. Through my experience I agree that family members are not always good carers. I greatly thank and support Long Term Care Insurance. (62-year-old woman)
8. CARE EXPERIENCE
By a member of Kyoto chapter of AAJ
5. TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
“I am exhausted with my mother who is trying to go out repeatedly to go back home though she is already at home. How can I deal with her? ”
6. COMMENTARY ON REVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE 2012
By Prof. Eizo Ogawa, Ritsumeikan University
“The story of loss and regeneration”
By Junko Abo, The president of Ngano Prefectural University of Nursing
“Increase of choices of medication”
By Dr. Takashi Sugiyama
9. MESSAGE FROM PWDS
“Let’s make friends”
By Katsuo Kimura, PWD
“This year we, AAJ, are aiming at two challenges. One is to clarify the meaning of dementia care and another is to propose the manner of carer’s care”standing by PWDs and their carers. We should keep discussing these challenges carefully and eagerly.”
Take heart and take care till next month