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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) HGPI Special Seminar – Considering the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lives of People with Dementia (May 29, 2020)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar) HGPI Special Seminar – Considering the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lives of People with Dementia (May 29, 2020)

* Please note that this program is available in Japanese only.

Thank you for your continued support of Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI). HGPI’s efforts in the field of dementia include deepening the links between multi-stakeholders in Japan and abroad, formulating and publicizing research and policy proposals of all types, and building a platform to issue recommendations on dementia policy.

Currently, each one of us is experiencing unease due to the situation surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As the circumstances grow more serious by the day, we are continuing to grope our way towards a response to this unprecedented viral pandemic.

Before discussing appropriate response measures to the current situation, which is expected to continue for some time, with representatives from government, industry, academia, and civil society, we would first like to have an opportunity to learn the current circumstances into which COVID-19 has placed people with dementia, their family members, and care providers.

People with dementia who live in their own homes have been particularly affected by shelter-in-place requests and the cancellation of events that offer community interaction, like dementia cafes. They are now required to spend even more time at home than before. Not only does such a sudden change in the everyday living environment place great mental and physical burdens on people with dementia, it also places great burdens on the cohabiting family members they are sheltering in place with. In addition, the burdens and unease being experienced by people living alone or who have no relatives or loved ones nearby to rely on are immeasurable. It is also likely that the burden will increase on sources of long-term care such as support centers as well as their specialists who support people with dementia and their families.

Everyone is facing a different situation right now due to different communities, family structures, or personal circumstances. While we cannot fully cover every situation, we can make the most of limited opportunities like our upcoming online meeting to hear about the situations various individuals are facing. We also hope it will be a starting point for examining future changes in healthcare, long-term care, and in society after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. The discussion will be shared online in Japanese and English on HGPI’s website in video or in an event report. While sharing the current state of life in Japan with the world, we would like this meeting to spark new

discussions.

■Speakers (Titles omitted; in alphabetical order)

Junya Ishimoto (Chairman, the Japan Association of Certified Care Workers)
Satoshi Kasai (CEO and Executive Officer, Nursing Care & Healthcare Business, SOMPO Holdings, Inc.) 
Shinpei Saruwatari (Promoter for Consultation Support Integration, Omuta City Hall; Director, Shirakawa Hospital Comprehensive Community Health Office; Steering Committee Member, Designing for Dementia Hub)
Hayato Suzuki (Member, House of Representatives)
Morio Suzuki (Representative Director, Alzheimer’s Association Japan (AAJ))
Yoshimasa Takase (President, Takase Clinic)
Tomofumi Tanno(Executive Committee Representative, Orange Door)
Other speakers (TBD)

Moderator:
Shunichiro Kurita (Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute; Steering Committee Member, Designing for Dementia Hub)

■Date and Time:Friday, May 29, 2020, 18:00-19:30

■Venue:Zoom Webinar

*Further details will be supplied when successful applicants are notified by e-mail.

■Participation fee:Free

■Participant Capacity:100 people

■Co-hosted by:Designing for Dementia Hub

■Program

18:00-18:05 Greetings and Opening Remarks, Ryoji Noritake (CEO and Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute)
18:05-18:40 Report on current circumstances from speakers (eight speakers with five minutes each)
18:45-19:15 Discussion
19:15-19:30 Participant question and answer session

Registration will close on Friday, May 25, 2020. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and informed of the results by Monday, May 25.

After registration has been completed, a confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact HGPI by email at info@hgpi.org.

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