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More than 15,000 people with dementia reported missing in 2016

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The whereabouts of 15,314 people were determined in 2016, including those reported missing in preceding years, but 191 have yet to be found. Of the people located, 15,069 were found within a week with 11,095 of those located within the first day, the agency said, adding that 471 were found dead while 44 were missing for more than two years.

This is just plain wrong on so many levels. For a society that likes to think it takes care of their own, this is inexcusable.

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This is just plain wrong on so many levels. For a society that likes to think it takes care of their own, this is inexcusable.

how is society responsible for finding and caring for people with dementia? it's not like there's a huge sticker on their foreheads that say "I HAVE DEMENTIA." you usually can't recognize a person with dementia because often times they act and look normal.  and how do you expect society to help care for people with dementia? we should all volunteer to babysit? i find you blaming society ridiculous.

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For a society that likes to think it takes care of their own, this is inexcusable.

So what's your simple solution?

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It's only going to get worse until better measures are put into place. As much as family members comign to live at home can save money and hopefully help one another, it is extremely difficult to keep an eye on those with a tendency to wander, or other problems.

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Um. This is really something grave. I think most of elderly people tend less toward using their brain after their retirement and such. So, I'm sure posting a comment or two every day, say, on JT will be definitely helpful for preventing dementia or delaying the onset, to say the least. Let's give it a shot!

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So, I'm sure posting a comment or two every day, say, on JT will be definitely helpful for preventing dementia or delaying the onset, to say the least. Let's give it a shot!

You are assuming they can all read and write in English, right ?

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I think most of elderly people tend less toward using their brain after their retirement and such. So, I'm sure posting a comment or two every day, say, on JT will be definitely helpful for preventing dementia or delaying the onset, to say the least. Let's give it a shot!

It's not just retired or elderly people who can fall foul of dementia. It can strike in your 30s or 40s. And quite often the person won't admit or realise that there is anything wrong. One can be in middle stages and only just be diagnosed, sadly.

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This is just plain wrong on so many levels. For a society that likes to think it takes care of their own, this is inexcusable.

The problem is not specific to Japan. You read about it here because the Japanese press and government authorities are paying attention. If the issue was being ignored, you would not be reading about it here.

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So far 2 posters have called this inexcusable, but failed to make any positive suggestions. I think that's inexcusable.

It's not an easy problem to solve, especially in a graying society with a depressed economy like Japan.

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Along with police training, a protocol needs to be established for the public and joint training should be done. Less something tragic, I think a few of those "missing" are living comfortably in adopted homes. Due to the kind nature of the Japanese people, I can see families taking-in a complete stranger.

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Pranayam done the right way can easily fix dementia, matter of time before this becomes the recommended cure for virtually any medical issue.

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@drlucifer Today 12:16 pm JST

You are assuming they can all read and write in English, right ?

Uh, absolutely from a layman's point of view, what I wanted to say was using your brain as much as possible would be helpful. I mean, uh, learning a foreign language would be useful, if not to get it down pat. And I know most Japanese people are not so good using English.

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@Toasted Heretic Today 12:36 pm JST

Yes, I know you're right. And I also knew what you said. :‑)

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It's sometimes true that mediatation, yoga and assorted breathing excercises are good for you in a general sense but they are not a magical cure all and people should be wary of them as some kind of panacea for all illnesses.

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Correction for my typing error:

And I know most Japanese people are not so good using English.

... should have been as follows:

And I know most Japanese people are not so good at using English.

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15,000 didn't know the Diet/beauracracts had that many jobs.

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It's sometimes true that mediatation, yoga and assorted breathing excercises are good for you in a general sense but they are not a magical cure all and people should be wary of them as some kind of panacea for all illnesses.

Pranayam is not some assorted breathing exercise, and how do you know that Pranayam done the right way will not cure dementia. Do it the right way and see the difference, again it needs to be done the right way, majority of what you see on see on the net is though misleading.

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Pranayam is not some assorted breathing exercise, and how do you know that Pranayam done the right way will not cure dementia. Do it the right way and see the difference, again it needs to be done the right way, majority of what you see on see on the net is though misleading.

Sorry but I find your post to be misleading. Holistic/alternative medicines cannot cure dementia or any other disease. They may give the sufferer a brief comfort but they will not cure this awful disease.

How do I know? I'm afraid that's personal. Let's just say it's an ongoing and deterioriating close situation.

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Sorry but I find your post to be misleading. Holistic/alternative medicines cannot cure dementia or any other disease. They may give the sufferer a brief comfort but they will not cure this awful disease.

All I will say is, Pranayam is not any Holistic/alternative medicine, It is not something you consume. Again you need to learn to do it the right way i.e. If you can find a authentic guru, this will though not be easy as majority are not authentic.

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@mrtinjp

I admire your tenacity but I'm going to bow out of this particular dialogue as it's got me quite emotional and no guru is going to cure the problem unfolding in real time. In a real life.

Have a good weekend, all. Stay safe, stay happy.

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This problem comes from the lack of professional care. Nearly all dementia sufferers are cared for their spouse or other family members. Looking after a dementia sufferer is a 24/7 job and should not be left solely to the spouse or family of the sufferer. Sadly, in many cases, the sufferer should be in an institution, but such public institutions do not exist and the few that do exist are privately owned and ridiculously expensive. Japan seriously lacks in any kind of aged care. There is no such thing as 'Meals on wheels' or regular nurse visits for the elderly. I know a Japanese guy who works for the city office and his job is just driving around to visit the elderly in the neighborhood to make sure they are not dead. That is pretty much the extent of governmental aged care and support in Japan. It's disgusting! Note to self: "Don't grow old in Japan. You"ll get no support."

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@Toasted Heretic

Again, Pranayam done the right way under guidance of a authentic guru, will fix any dementia like issues and once you are successful and experience the morphogenetic consciousness field, will fix any and every real life problems.

Good Luck!

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mrtinjp, any advice or tips on how to do it correctly?

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There must be a way to prevent at least some of these dementia cases.

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Again, Pranayam done the right way under guidance of a authentic guru, will fix any dementia like issues and once you are successful and experience the morphogenetic consciousness field, will fix any and every real life problems.

Unscientific stone-age claptrap. Mumbo jumbo to part the ignorant from there money. You do not need a "guru" to "guide" you (always at a price) but to think for your self. This disease and its consequences are appalling and this sort of irrational rubbish can only mislead or harm people.

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For the latest science on Alzheimer's see http://www.nutritionfacts.org . It's just the peer reviewed science. They did the research and note that a plant-based diet reduces incidence. It didn't cure the disease, it was still there, but the number of cases in plant-based diet populations was substantially lower. Interesting that many of the studies were also from Japan and note Turmeric spice as a helpful aid. Combine with pepper as noted in another study, and it increases bio-availability of Turmeric and you have a protective effect. This is explained why India's spice mixes create lower incidence (again not elimination, just fewer cases).

Ironically Japan has had the solution all along, which is a traditional Okinawan diet with less than 1% meat. California's Adventist's have the lowest incidence as they are vegan. Both are considered the longest living populations in the world.

But the traditional Okinawan diet has all but disappeared as each new generation takes up a Western diet high in meat dairy and processed foods. As Japanese generations lose interest in local diets, they are eating more hamburgers cheese and dairy like those in the USA, and disease incidence has increased in lock step with those choices. Okinawa is trying to encourage youth to adopt the diet again but KFC's everywhere I wonder how long that will last

It's more actionable and realistic to demand personal change and help people live better, rather than rely on a do-nothing government that is more interested in reviving the mistakes of WWII

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Pranayam done the right way under guidance of a authentic guru,

What is an authentic guru? Do they have medical degrees?

will fix any dementia like issues

How can someone, a "guru", say this? Would they say this to a sufferer of dementia? To their face?

and once you are successful and experience the morphogenetic consciousness field,

No, sorry. This is unsubstantiated bobbins and has no basis in medical science. It's like telling someone to "use the force".

will fix any and every real life problems. Good Luck!

Let me clarify here; I'm not the one suffering from the dementia. What the person suffering needs is medical expertise, medication, care and solid, sound advice. Not feel good new age bunkum masquerading as science and/or fact.

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