DISAJP NEWS Vol.37 April 4th, 2021

Dementia Improved Support Association of Japan

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〇 Hogewey dementia village――the future of dementia care?

〇 Could COVID delirium bring on dementia?

〇 Increased mortality in community-tested cases of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7

〇 World Parkinson’s day 2021, on April 11

〇 100 things by Dr. Hasegawa, the developer of HDS-R

〇 Hogewey dementia village――the future of dementia care?

Hogewey is a gated model village in Weesp, the Netherlands, designed specifically as a pioneering care facility for elderly people living with dementia.

The residents can enjoy normal life, such as visiting a grocery store, hair salon or gardens, while they are actually watched by caregivers at all times.

The village offers an alternative to traditional nursing homes for people with dementia.


Our association has cooperated with the Dutch embassy.

We are planning to visit the village to see this unique approach after the pandemic is settle down.

We are ready to support the project with our knowledge and products.

〇 Could COVID delirium bring on dementia?

Delirium is very common on COVID wards.
Researchers are testing whether these temporary bouts of confusion could bring on permanent cognitive decline.



〇 Increased mortality in community-tested cases of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7

The B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2, which was first identified in the UK, may be associated with an increased risk of death, a Nature study suggests.

The findings, based on an analysis of more than two million community test results and over 17,000 COVID-19 deaths in England from September 2020 to February 2021, may have implications for the future of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and efforts to curtail it.

The authors note that some other circulating SARS-CoV-2 lineages could also cause a spike gene target failure in tests.

Thus, they used a modelling approach to correct for misclassification of the potential variants,

and estimate that there was a 61% higher risk of death associated with the B.1.1.7 variant.


〇 World Parkinson’s day 2021, on April 11

April 11 is the World Parkinson’s day .

World Parkinson's day 2021

Many countries will have events for Parkinson’s community mostly online.

Parkinson’s disease has a lot of symptoms very similar to dementia, as well as being associated with depression.

We hope this day will be a chance for you to know more about the disease.

Also, keep in mind that our product Anti Stress, which promotes serotonin, will serve as an option to prevent depression.


〇 100 things by Dr. Hasegawa, the developer of HDS-R

At home and abroad, Dr. Kazuo Hasegawa, now 92, has enormously contributed to establishment of the groundwork for diagnosis of dementia.
In 2017, at the age of 88, he disclosed his disease.
After spending many years studying dementia, Dr. Hasegawa himself finally developed dementia.
He decided to make it public, because he wanted to let people know that anybody can have the disease.
At the same time, he wanted to make society more open to dementia.
Hoping to make it easier for those living with dementia to talk about the disease openly, he published a book titled I’m Enjoying my Spiritual Life with Dementia.

In the book Dr. Hasegawa shares 100 things he found as follows.

① – Now that I’ve developed dementia, I was able to become a true dementia researcher. I’ve studying the disease for more than 50 years, but before the onset I didn’t actually know how bitter it is to live with it.

② – I feel the symptoms progressing, but my own self hasn’t changed.

③ – One thing I realized after the onset is dementia never means a stable condition.

④ – Makeshift response or half-hearted comfort never will do with the people living with dementia.

⑤ – It is erroneous that cool and gorgeous living environment is better for people with dementia.

⑥ – I felt it not bad, when I used day care service and short stay.

⑦ – Even after my symptoms progress more, I will enjoy some beauty in my life, like paintings or music.

⑧ – What matters is to live in the moment. Enjoy each day as it comes.

⑨ – Once you get dementia, there is no choice but to accept it. I can say that, probably because I have a faith.

⑩ – Nobody can be free from the risk to have dementia, no matter what kind of educational background, career or determination you have.


〇 International mail delivery of KOUKA

Japan Post announced to resume the operation of EMS to US, having been suspended due to spread of COVID-19, in June with increased charge.
The operation is already back in service to Europe and Asia.
Every overseas order for one package costs the total amount of 42,000JPY including the product’s price (39,000JPY) and EMS charge (3,000JPY).

We accept PayPal payment.

Don’t forget to check on the custom duty for your country before ordering.
The custom duty, if any, will be charged to the recipient.



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