AHWIN Papers No. 1: Responding to the Needs of Older Persons During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the older populations in many countries. The inaugural edition of a new policy brief series, the AHWIN Papers, draws on a panel discussion at a May 2020 webinar to explore what policy lessons can be learned from the experiences of the United States, Japan, and Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic to better protect older persons.

Modeling the Development and Circulation of the Long-Term Care Workforce

Researchers are examining the international harmonization of national qualification frameworks for long-term care workers, focusing on Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Although Japan welcomes care workers from abroad, it remains unclear how best to identify their level within the Japanese qualification framework. Care workers in origin countries are also often confused about their professional rank in the receiving country. This project will clarify how the origin country estimates the competency of migrating workers using its national qualification framework, how Japan estimates the competency of invited workers, and how the origin country estimates the competency of care workers returning from Japan.

Health and Long-Term Care Information in Ageing Asia

Building on an earlier study on “The Demand and Supply of Long-Term Care for Older Persons in Asia,” this project will survey sources of information on health and long-term care, including censuses, vital statistics, household surveys, and statistics based on administrative records. The findings will be used to clarify health needs and the state of long-term care in the region.

An Eldercare Facility that Helps Seniors Resume Independent Living

With the aging of Japanese society, the number of seniors who require constant caregiving has grown, as has the number of publicly operated long-term care facilities. One such facility is helping seniors lead an independent life by providing a variety of support services that allows the elderly to age in place.

Innovative ICT Device Helps Seniors Control Bladder Function

As people grow older, they experience many changes both mentally and physically, including bladder control issues. To address health problems associated with incontinence, a company called Triple W Japan K.K. has developed DFree, a wearable device that anticipates when the user will need to use the toilet.

A Community-Based Approach Combining Physical and Mental Exercise to Prevent Dementia

The number of people with dementia in Japan is rapidly increasing as the country’s senior population grows. In 2012, Japan’s National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) began developing and testing a program called “cognicise,” which combines physical and mental exercise, to prevent the decline of cognitive functions.

Using ICT for Early Detection of Health Abnormalities

AnshinNet is an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) tool that allows caregivers to quickly detect health irregularities in seniors. It is a health management system that focuses on the vital statistics that caregivers monitor daily, helping them find any shifts at an early stage.