Japan - the nation with the most rapidly increasing ageing population, is facing a similar challenge to UK: how to sustainably provide vital health services to their ageing population while containing ever-growing health expenditures.
Japan’s ageing trend is expected to continue until 2042. The future healthcare system requires a paradigm shift and policy support that would allow Japan to ensure that the Japanese people can keep enjoying longer, healthier, and productive lives, even with dementia.
Key public policy areas of focus have been identified, such as: expanding models of care to enable older adults to remain at home as they age; creating age friendly design; adopting remote care technology to facilitate more coordinated and more efficient care; and promoting a more active and mobile 21st century society with age-friendly urban design.
In 2016 and 2017, the Japanese Government, via Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), has...