Since there is a greater percentage of elderly people in Japan’s population, there will also be an increase in the number of people living with dementia: a brain disease that causes memory disorders.
By 2025, one in five Japanese aged 65 will suffer from dementia.
In 2015, Japan released an ‘Orange plan’ to tackle dementia, with specialised medical staff and regular home visits.
The welfare department in Matsudo, a city in Japan, began distributing stickers carrying a QR code that can be ironed onto items of clothing to help police locate the families of people who have wandered from their homes, as the number of people with dementia who go missing has reached crisis levels.
Japan is also trying to raise awareness of the issue by conducting lectures and distributing leaflets.