South Korea’s ‘War on Dementia’

South Korea is marshalling an army.

No, not to fight North Korea’s latest incursion.  This is the country’s ‘War on Dementia’ and they’re enlisting the help of school children to build a younger generation that is aware of what it’s like to be elderly and battle Alzheimer’s.

Strapped into suits that restrict their range of motion and vision, the children move through a series of exercises that help them learn compassion and provide a practical understanding of the limitations some elders face.

South Korea has one of the most rapidly aging populations of any nation.  The government is encouraging early diagnosis of dementia and working to combat the shame and fear that are often attached to aging in general and Alzheimer’s in particular.

Read the full New York Times article here.

More on this in The New Old Age blog in the NYT.

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