6/22 Today we were visited by Ms. Ishizaka from Toyoake City Longevity Division. The students received a very interesting lecture on the various issues regarding the growing number of elderly people in the area and to deepen their understanding for ways in which to ensure these people are cared for and actively participate in various activities to ensure a long and healthy life.
Ms. Ishizaka talked about the average age on elderly residents, the population of over 65`s, problems of living alone and the main reasons for needing nursing care. Some of the most prevalent problems that elderly people encounter can be dementia, strokes, weakness due to old age and bone fractures due to a fall. Other issues can take the form of malnutrition, mental impairment (MCI) and urinary incontinence.
In order to try to combat these various issues the students were asked to give their feedback on various situations and ways in which to help improve the quality of life for our elderly Toyoake residents. Toyoake city currently helps with nutrition, trying to ensure residents get a healthy and balance diet, provides day center activities such as exercise and mental stimulation in addition to leisure activities.
With this knowledge the students now need to come up with various ideas on how to further improve the lives of Toyoake elderly residents.