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[Event Report] Designing for Dementia -Open Event (November 20, 2018)

[Event Report] Designing for Dementia -Open Event (November 20, 2018)

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) held the opening conference for its platform for issuing policy recommendations for dementia, Designing for Dementia.

Currently, about 35.6 million people around the world are living with dementia. This number is projected to exceed 100 million by 2050. In 2012, there were about 4.6 million people age 65 or older living with dementia in Japan. Their numbers are expected to exceed 10 million in 2050. Even though initiatives for dealing with dementia have been progressing in Japan and abroad, improving the daily lives of people with dementia and their families remains a considerable challenge.

The goal of the Hub is to accelerate the transition to a dementia-friendly future by creating plans based on the experiences and wisdom of people living with dementia in cooperation with people with dementia, their families and caregivers; community residents; healthcare, nursing care, and welfare practitioners; businesses; municipalities and related ministries and organizations; and researchers.

This opening event had a keynote address and dialogue session. Also, relay presentations were given by multi-stakeholders related to the four pillars of Designing for Dementia, which are “Interactive panels for people living with dementia,” “Academic research and evaluation,” “Demonstration and Implementation,” and “Policy recommendations and their dissemination.” A lively discussion was held on the pursuit of a vision of people with dementia leading better lives.

Keio University’s Center for Wellbeing Research
Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
The Dementia Friendship Club

Patient leaders, members of academia and industry, healthcare professionals, policy makers, and others.


■Welcoming Remarks
Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, HGPI)

■Keynote Address
Tomofumi Tanno (Executive Committee Representative, Orange Door / Councilor, Designing for Dementia)

■Relay Presentations
Ryoma Kayano (Technical Officer, WHO Kobe Centre)

Shuichi Awata (Research Team Leader, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology / Councilor, Designing for Dementia)

Shinpei Saruwatari (Promoter for Consultation Support Integration, Omuta City Hall / Director, Shirakawa Hospital Comprehensive Community Health Office / Organizer, Designing for Dementia)

Tadamichi Shimogawara (Representative Director, SILVER WOOD)

Hiroshi Suita (Associate Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited)

Kenji Hayashi (Store Manager, Starbucks Coffee Machida Kanamori Branch)

Akira Inouchi (President, Kyoyasai Inouchi)

Kazumi Nishikawa (Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))

■Talk Session
Tomofumi Tanno (Executive Committee Representative, Orange Door / Councilor, Designing for Dementia)
Satoko Hotta (Professor, Graduate School of Health Management, Keio University / Leader, Designing for Dementia)

■Explanatory Session of Designing for Dementia
Satoko Hotta (Keio University’s Center for Wellbeing Research)

Yusuke Kakei(issue+design)

Yuto Tokuda (Dementia Friendship Club)

Ryoji Noritake (HGPI)

■Closing Remarks
Norimichi Tanaka(Director, Office for Dementia Policy, Health and Welfare Bureau for the Elderly, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare(MHLW))

Photography: Kazunori Izawa

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