Dementia and South Korea

South Korea is answering the challenges of a rapidly aging populace by enlisting its younger citizens in providing care for people living with dementia.

The video is here: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/11/25/science/1248069368369/south-koreas-war-on-dementia.html?scp=1&sq=sotuh%20korea%27s%20war%20on%20dementia&st=cse

Some of the narrative uses words I would not choose, like “declaring war on dementia”. I think our approach should be more like jujitsu–using the momentum of the person to find the solutions, rather than offering resistance or conflict.

I also worry that what the populace is being taught may still be a “declinist” view of dementia. Nevertheless, the comments of some of the participants show that their eyes are being opened.

This kind of initiative will hopefully lead to better care in future years.

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