The Japan Times reported today that the countries Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will now require condominium managers to take courses on how to handle their residents with dementia. The paper reported that the move was to "ensure the safety of such residents who might wander around while leaving their homes unlocked". The plan will involve at minimum, the training of 1300 employees in seven major cities.
Interesting news when you consider that the US and many other countries struggle with getting basic education out to caregivers and families. In Europe, one of the biggest issues that dementia organizations face is one of stigma. When dementia is not recognized early and proper education given out to those in need, situations build from bad to worse.
The Japan Times also states that the numbers of residents with dementia who reside in Japan and need nursing care was listed at 1.7 million in 2005.
Kudos to the Japanese for a step in the right direction!