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In Japan, it takes a community to help dementia patients

Rapidly ageing Japan is working hard to ensure sufferers get support they need

TOKYO • Every Thursday, a volunteer turns up at the home of Madam Keiko Hayashi to take her elderly mother for an hour's walk.

This frees Madam Hayashi to clean and tidy her mother's room. But the real reason is that her 77-year-old mother has dementia, which makes her suspicious of people, including loved ones.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'It takes a community to help dementia patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe