TOKYO, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Home Instead Senior Care® joined health care leaders from G7 governments in a global discussion about advancements in patient-care initiatives and unique, community-based education as part of the Global Action against Dementia Legacy series. Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc., and Duskin Company Home Instead Division Manager Gou Fukushima, will be featured speakers and share practical techniques for managing the care and behaviors of those living with Alzheimer's and dementia through Home Instead's proven relationship-based care approach.
As part of this series, global leaders are meeting to address the growing impact of Alzheimer's disease on the aging population. By 2020 there will be 1 billion people over 60 years old worldwide, and conservative estimates show that at least 36 million people currently live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. As the senior population of Japan represents 25 percent of the total population, and is expected to reach 40 percent by 2050, new models of care are needed to meet this rapidly growing sector. This global shift is transforming markets, workplaces and communities, and creating new opportunities for economic growth and models of care.
Huber and Fukushima are invited speakers at this global forum to share information on new care and prevention models that are changing the face of aging in Japanese society.
"As longevity increases and birth rates decline, the traditional support model for seniors and their families becomes unsustainable," said Huber, who is also representing the Global Coalition on Aging at the conference. "With this population shift and rise in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, we must increase the world's capacity to care. Home care helps people with Alzheimer's disease and offers great support to those who care for them."
In addition to Huber's presentation, Duskin Home Instead's Fukushima will speak to the benefits of relationship-based care in Japan. Duskin Company serves as the Home Instead Senior Care Master Franchise Partner for Japan. The Duskin Company joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network in 2000 and now operates more than 100 franchises across Japan, bringing needed home care services to aging seniors.
"Under the Integrated Community Care System, our company, as a social resource, contributes to society by providing quality, relationship-based care to seniors," said Fukushima. "Our services help seniors remain in their homes, safely and comfortably for as long as possible."
This global series began in December 2013 when U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called together world leaders in health care for a foundational meeting at the G8 (now G7) Dementia Summit. Participants at the inaugural event drafted a declaration for a coordinated international action plan for future dementia research and announced a series of Legacy Events to carry the work forward.
The four legacy events cover key research and policy topics related to Alzheimer's, such as financial models for research funding, new care systems and collaborative models for advancing research. This coalition of government leaders shares a common goal, to identify real solutions for preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
The G7 Global Dementia Legacy event will be held in Tokyo, Nov. 5-7, 2014. For more information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/pages/home.aspx. To learn more about the Duskin Company, visit http://www.duskin.co.jp/english/index.html.
About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network is the world's largest provider of nonmedical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 16 additional countries.
Local Home Instead Senior Care franchise offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, Home Instead CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education℠ Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices.
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