Posts Tagged ‘South Korea’

Death of North Korean Leader

December 19th, 2011

Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea since 1994, has died at the age of 69.

KSN News:

During his 17 years in power, the country suffered a devastating famine even as it built up its million-strong army, expanded its arsenal of ballistic missiles and became the world’s eighth declared nuclear power.

The news of his death spurred South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North more than five decades after their 1950-53 conflict, to put its military on high alert.

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.