Improving the Health of Caregivers and Seniors by Promoting Safer Transfer Techniques

Location: Japan

One of the most difficult tasks in providing care to the elderly is the job of transferring them from one point to another—from bed to wheelchair, from wheelchair to bath, and so on. Traditionally, this task has relied on the strength of the caregiver, which has had a negative impact on both the caregiver and the elderly care recipient. In response, Japan’s No Lifting Association is advocating “no-lift care,” care that takes into consideration the elderly person’s physical capabilities and makes appropriate use of assistive technology in order to prevent back injuries among caregivers as well as injuries and disuse syndrome among the elderly.

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An Eldercare Facility that Helps Seniors Resume Independent Living

Location: Japan

Japan’s system for supporting the elderly includes publicly operated long-term care facilities. One such facility, Mori no Kaze–Uehara, located in Tokyo’s Yoyogi-Uehara district, has set itself apart with its focus on ensuring that seniors can return to independent living, providing various services to help clients so that they can continue to live in the way they are accustomed to living at home.

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

Location: Japan

In the face of an increasing number of people with dementia, Japan’s National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) advocates the incorporation of exercise into efforts to prevent and diminish dementia. In 2012 they developed a prevention-oriented approach called “cognicise”—a combination of physical exercises and cognitive challenges carried out in a fun atmosphere.

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Innovative ICT Device Helps Seniors Control Bladder Function

Location: Japan

Aging-related bladder control issues and incontinence can negatively impact a senior’s self-esteem and quality of life. Up until now, progress has been made on the “hardware aspects” of urination, such as improving toilets and adult diapers, but a company called Triple W Japan has developed an innovative new tool called D Free, which is the first wearable device in the world to use ICT to sense when the user’s bladder will be full and alert them to head to the bathroom. This helps seniors and caregivers alike and saves money as well.

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Using ICT for Early Detection of Health Abnormalities

Location: Japan

In facilities providing long-term care in Japan, there has been an increase in the number of seniors transported to hospitals due to health abnormalities. In response, caregiving facilities have been turning to ICT in recent years to help them better manage the health status of the seniors under their care. One such example is AnshinNet, a tool that helps long-term care facilities quickly detect any health irregularities among their seniors and prevent their condition from becoming critical.

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