- 人間文化研究科年報 (ISSN:09132201)
- no.30, pp.133-143, 2014
It is important to encourage accurate knowledge regarding dementia and increase thepreventive support for patients with dementia. The Five-Year Plan for Promotion of DementiaMeasures ("Orange Plan"), formulated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in2012, has indicated that initiatives, such as Dementia Cafés, will be necessary in the future.The present study involved the establishment of a local Dementia Café, led by a physicianand run on a planned trial basis for five times over a period of 6 months, with the voluntaryparticipation of specialists who agreed to conduct sessions at the café. Observations of theevents occurring at the café, which were obtained through implementation of this initiativewere analyzed and included in the discussion. These observations comprised the main stateof participants and contents of conversations, meetings held at the café after the completionof each session conducted by the specialists. The observations clarified the following threeissues faced during the support of individuals with early dementia, :(1)promotion of accurateknowledge regarding dementia, and implementation of preventive support: the participationand support as the severity of dementia increases;(2)evaluation of Dementia Café from theviewpoints of individuals with dementia, their families, and specialists; and (3) expansion of suchcafés, which would establish a foundation for the support of individuals with early dementiawho live in rural areas.