Human Resources for the Health and Long-term Care of Older Persons in Asia

The international migration of nurses and care workers is increasing. Many factors, such as population ageing and the development of healthcare services, contribute to the greater demand for nurses and care workers. This report focuses on Indonesia as a country sending migrant nurses, Malaysia and Japan as destination countries, and Thailand as a country struggling to cope with the fastest population ageing amongst AMS.

Outcomes of Long-term Care Insurance Services in Japan: Evidence from National Long-term Care Insurance Claim Data

In 2000, Japan introduced a compulsory public long-term care insurance (LTCI) programme to meet the challenges of its rapid population ageing and ensure equitable access to long-term care services. This study aims to investigate the predictors of care-need level change by focusing on the users of long-term care facility services, adult day service users, and day care users by applying national-level long-term care claims data.

The Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) Development Model

Since 2006, HelpAge International in Vietnam (HAIV) and local partners have piloted the ground-breaking Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) model—community-based organizations that promote healthy longevity through a range of inter-generational activities.

Preventing Stroke Recurrence through a Hospital–Local Government Partnership to Support Patient Self-Management

The city of Komagane has partnered with the Showa Inan General Hospital on an initiative to help mild stroke patients better manage their health to prevent recurrence. Skilled professionals start working with patients and their families during their hospitalization, engaging them in their own health goal setting and management and then consulting with them for the first year following their discharge.

SmartPeep AI Elderly-Sitter System

By combining existing surveillance technology with AI, SmartPeep offers “care-oriented optical sensors” that provide proactive alerts, drawing the caregivers’ attention to anomalies that occur in a resident’s room or a common area of the facility.

Pioneering an Integrated Rehabilitation System and Human Resource Development to Improve Rehabilitation Services in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam

The world population is ageing at an unprecedentedly rapid pace and Southeast Asia is no exception. As populations age, the demand for long-term care rises, as older people more often suffer from chronic conditions that carry a higher risk of brain injury, which is one of the main reasons why people need long-term care including rehabilitation. This study assesses if Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam are ready for the increasing demand for rehabilitation.

The Housing Complex as One Big Family

Grundtvig has created a small, multi-functional care facility within an existing housing complex in Japan, allowing residents to age in place and encouraging cross-generational exchanges and community revitalization.

Bright Eyes for Older People Program

The Vietnam Association of the Elderly has created a program to offer free vision screenings and counseling and to provide glasses and cataract operations to older people in need in order to decrease their need for care. Older people are not only the beneficiaries but also a major source of donations for this program.