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Dementia in Japan May Require Seniors To Have a Barcode on their Fingernails

Thanks to the plethora of over the hill folk, Dementia in Japan is a nuisance. The solution might come out as bizarre, but it works, nonetheless.

Japan and old age people are going synonymous from some time now. Statistically speaking, 26.3 percent of Japanese population is 65-years-old or above. Case in point, Dementia in Japan is equally problematic as China is! A company from Tokyo has an outlandish solution to the problem and it’s already under implementation.

Dementia in Japan: Causes and Effects

To put it subtly, dementia or memory loss, is a given when it comes to old age. Besides, it’s not fatal in itself, but might turn out so under the wrong circumstances. Japanese wouldn’t bother much if it remained as a casual age-related problem. People went missing sometimes, some died and some were never found. This was enough to get the researchers thinking.

The solution is in the form of a QR code sticker that’s stuck on a person’s fingernail. In addition to that, the sticker has a water-resistant seal too. The seal ensures that the QR code is intact for at least a couple of weeks. The government is working on providing the sticker to the aged under a programme or a scheme.

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The QR code, on the other hand, has details of the patient’s contact numbers, address and guardian details. This way, the missing person cases will see a happy ending. Considering that the Dementia-affected people tend to get out in whatever state they are in, it’s important that the codes are stuck to their bodies.

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The Backstory

Due to the improvement in living standards and developments in medicine, there’s an overt increase in the aging populations. WHO establishes nearly 2 billion 60-year-old or above by the end of 2050. This will pave way for increase in health-cost and pension-cost among others. Italy is close behind Japan with a whopping 22.4 percent 65-year-old.

This move to tackle Dementia in Japan isn’t going down well with everybody, of course. Some are throwing privacy concerns, while some term it downright bizarre and preposterous. One simply cannot deny that this move is likely to yield favorable outcome. As long as it serves the purpose, it’s simply a hit!

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