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Aging Japan's 'coexistence' with dementia fraught with challenges

The country will face shortage of caregivers and idle assets

A health care worker helps an aged person. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to cope with the rise in dementia expected with the aging of baby boomers by emphasizing prevention and coexistence. But securing enough caregivers and creating a system for managing their financial assets remain a challenge.

The Japanese government on Tuesday approved guidelines that center on delaying the onset of the disease and keeping patients integrated into society. The aim is to have an adequate social mechanism in place by 2025, when its postwar baby boomers will be 75 or older.

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