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Where’s Grandpa? – Japan’s Dementia Epidemic

Nearly 5 million people in Japan live with dementia and thousands are going missing from their homes and carers every month.

In Japan’s second biggest city, Osaka, Atsuko Hajihata is frantically looking for her missing grandfather Akinori Matsuyama.

For the last several months she has been handing out leaflets on street corners and train stations, asking people to contact her if they see her grandfather.

He walked out of the family home in January and has not been seen since. Ms Hajihata says she is nervous because she thinks he has dementia.

“I still have hope of finding him but I’ve heard that bodies of drowned people have been found,” she said.

“But maybe he’s being looked after by people.”

Some of the missing turn up in mental institutions or aged care homes.

Read the rest of the story: Japan’s dementia epidemic prompts calls to improve missing persons network.

Releasing 70,000 Psychiatric Patients Shows Japan Debt Task and Homeless Risk

In the hallway of St. Pierre Psychiatric Hospital north of Tokyo, an elderly woman sits on the floor next to a bulging brown duffle bag, her arms wrapped around her knees, mumbling about being taken home.

She has packed her things many times since she was admitted for schizophrenia more than 20 years ago, in the belief someone is coming to fetch her, said psychiatrist Manabu Yamazaki, the hospital’s owner.

Her hope mirrors that of the government, which wants to empty 70,000 beds to reduce the highest rate of psychiatric hospitalization among developed nations, lowering its 1.8 trillion yen $23.5 billion annual mental-health payments. Facing the world’s largest public debt and the fastest aging society, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is trying to curtail growth in the country’s 34.8 trillion yen-a-year health bill.

via Releasing 70,000 Psychiatric Patients Shows Japan Debt Task.