1. NEWS AND INFORMATION
*The UK Department of Health announced “National Dementia Strategy.” (UK)
*Alzheimer’s Association of USA published the report entitled ”Voices of Alzheimer’s Disease” and the brochure “Principle for a Dignified Diagnosis” (USA)
2. HEADQUAter UPDATE
*The board meeting of the directors of AAJ was held on March, 22nd and resolved to present to society the idea of “commensurate payment to each person for sufficient social services for every one.”
*The 44th chapter of AAJ has been set up in Aomori prefecture.
3. proffessional’s comment By Dr.t.KInoshita
“The role of medical service in dementia care”
4. Letters from Members
*My husband is 74 years old with serious dementia. He needs assistance in every activity of daily living. I have been impatient about his behavior and tired out over the years. Recently my husband and I started to live together with my daughter’s family according to their offer. To my happiness, they are so tender to the two of us and I am comforted. I cried over her gentle words, “Don’t worry about father by yourself. Please tell us and let us share your burden.”
*There are many husbands and sons who do not play their parts as carers and cannot understand dementia. Almost all of sons believe that their mothers never get old. I think men are not aware of dementia issues. (61-year-old woman)
6. Message from PWDs
7. President’s Message
The revision of the certification standard for long-term care that will be enforced from April is absolutely unreasonable to assess each person’s care needs.
AAJ and other related organizations such as medical and welfare institutions lodged complaints against the revision to The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Consequently, the MHLW partly changed the standards. But it is not enough. We, AAJ, keep pushing for appropriate certification standards.
Take heart and take care till next month!