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.
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.