ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION JAPAN, MEWSLETTER
BULLETIN NO,312 July 2006
1･NEWS & INFORMATION
The number of persons over 65 exceeded 20% of the total population in Japan in Oct. 2005 (Cabinet Office, Japan)
The proper treatment of hypertension is related to prevention of dementia.
( “Stroke,” April 6, 2006 USA)
2･UPDATE FROM AAJ HEADQUARTERS
General Meeting Report
3･PRACTICE REPORT “A Heart of Anywhere, Anytime”
An approach to building a comfortable community for PWDs and their families
4･LETTERS FROM MEMBERS
*It is unreasonable that the elderly cannot die naturally at hospitals and in nursing homes contrary to their and their families’ will. (57-year-old woman)
*My mother has dementia but lives alone by her own choice in a town one-and-a half hours drive from my home. Often neighbors call me to urge me to commit her to a nursing home. But I respect her will to stay at her home as long as possible and I visit her everyday to take care of her.
5･ADVICE FOR CARE BY AAJ Telephone Counselor
7･ACTIVITIES of AAJ CHAPTERS
8･DR’S COMMENT ”HOME TERMINAL CARE”
9･MESSAGE FROM PWDs ” LISTEN TO MY HEART”
10･PRESIDENT’S COLUMN By Kunio Takami, President of AAJ
One day in June, I followed the trial of a 54-year-old son who killed his 86-year-old mother with dementia. He quit his job to care for her and finally got distressed. He applied for public assistance 3 times but was denied. He despaired and decided to commit double suicide and killed her.
Though I heard the stifling of sobs for their situation, I didn’t shed tears.
This is not a sob story but a serious problem that involves complicated factors, such as the Long Term Care Insurance system which demands money from a service user, and a public office that only examines an applicant’s qualification for public assistance and his way of life by which he chose his mother’s death rather than trouble others.
I have had a heavy heart since the court day.
The decision handed down by the Kyoto Prefectural Court on July 21 was three years probation with a suspended sentence of 2 years and 6months.
Take heart and take care till next month!