ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION JAPAN, MEWSLETTER
BULLETIN NO,311 June 2006
1･NEWS & INFORMATION
*In Japan, studies on a vaccine for Alzheimer’s are progressing as several institutes, such as the Hayashihara Institute of Biochemistry in Okayama and the National Research Center in Obu, are actively conducting research. In addition, Ezai and Dinabeck entered into a contract to conduct their research in this field. The vaccine is also being developed in the USA and Sweden.
(Source: Chugoku Shinbun, Feb.25, 2006, and other newspapers in Japan)
*Several districts of the Shanghai, China public office issued emergency cards for the
safety of the elderly.
(www.chinaview.cn April 10th 2006)
*Doing exercise reduces the risk of incidents of dementia.
(Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan､17th 2006)
2. UPDATE FROM AAJ HEADQUATERS
*The new Japanese name of AAJ was decided at a general meeting held on June 3rd.
The new name is “Ninchi-sho no hito to kazoku no kai, “ which means “The Association of PWDs and Their Families.”
*The report on the household economy of families living with PWDs
By AAJ Research and Study Board
#1) In more than 50% of households living with PWDs the number of family members is two or less.
#2) Half of all PWDs living at home cannot afford daily expenses from their pensions. Money for caregiver expenses is taken from their savings to cover the deficit leading to worry about their lives in the future.
An Approach to Building a Comfortable Community for PWDs and Their Families
By H. Kawahara, Group Home Manager
4･ADI Regional Meeting Report
Five members of the AAJ International Communication Board participated in meetings held on April 27th and 28th in Seoul, Korea. They discussed issues relating to aging societies in the Asian Pacific region with ADI members from various other countries.
5･LETTERS FROM MEMBERS
*Please do not say that living at home is best for all PWDs. In cases where they cannot understand where they are, the best place is where they can get the best care.
(From a 61 year-old woman)
*I am anxious whether or not the number of young people who deal with the care for their parents will increase with such social changes taking place as giving birth at a lat
(From a 40 year-old woman)
6･CARE EXPERIENCES FROM CHAPTERS’ NEWSLETTERS
“My Beloved Grandma” By Ayumi Nagashima (A 9 year-old)
My grandma is 65 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s.･･･Every Sunday my parents and I visit her. When I walk with her, I always give her a lot of care so she won’t fall or be run over････ My beloved grandma–please live to a great old age!
7･ADVICE FOR CARE By AAJ Telephone Counselor
9･ACTIVITIES OF THE AAJ CHAPTERS
10･DR’S COMMENT By Dr. Miyake
“The Prevention of Dementia”
11･LISTEN TO MY HEART! -MESSEGE FROM PWDs-
12･PRESIDENT’S COLUMN AAJ PRESIDENT, K. Takami
Recently, the media has become active in informing the public about the issues of younger dementia patients. I think the media should realize that younger patients are suffering
not only from disease but also from faults in the social welfare system
Take Heart and Take Care till next month!