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South Korea Alzheimer’s Campaign

November 25th, 2010

According to a recent article in the New York Times:

As one of the world’s fastest-aging countries, with nearly 9 percent of its population over 65 already afflicted, South Korea has opened a “War on Dementia,” spending money and shining floodlights on a disease that is, here as in many places, riddled with shame and fear. . . . South Korea is training thousands of people, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients. The 11- to 13-year-olds, for instance, were in the government’s “Aging-Friendly Comprehensive Experience Hall” outside Seoul. . . . they viewed a PowerPoint presentation defining dementia and were trained . . . to perform hand massage in nursing homes.