認知症フレンドリー講座
Learn and Feel about people with Dementia

VR headset
Asahi Shimbun's 140th Anniversary
PROJECT

Making dementia a "personal matter"
It'll make you think.

Dementia Friendly

The Asahi Shimbun Group as a whole is developing the "Dementia Friendly Project. In the midst of a super-aging society, this project is promoting the creation of a society where the dignity of people with dementia is protected and they can live in their familiar towns with peace of mind as before. The "Dementia Friendly Lecture" is a part of these activities, and was launched in April 2019 as a face-to-face on-site lecture. It provides an opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of dementia and think about a society where people with dementia can live together. In the newspaper, we have started a series of articles on "The Person's Thoughts," in which people with dementia talk about their own thoughts. We also hold symposiums and events on the theme of dementia. We have also launched the dementia web media "Nakamaru" and are developing "Dementia Friendly Kids Classes" for elementary school students at the Asahi Shimbun Welfare Culture Foundation.

What is important in the project is to be close to the "thoughts of the person".

This project is in line with the philosophy of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations, "Leave no one behind," and aims to meet the goals of SDGs 3 (Health and well-being for all), 4 (Quality education for all), 11 (Building communities where people can continue to live), and 17 (Achieving the goals through partnership). These activities are in line with the SDGs.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 3: Health and well-being for all / 4: Quality Education for All / 11: Building a community where people can continue to live

You can watch a 40-second video overview of the course.

Experiential" courses that utilize interviews
with the individual and VR

Dementia Friendly
A scene from the course. A variety of emotions arise, including surprise and conviction.

Using interviews with people with dementia and virtual reality (VR) technology, the Asahi Shimbun has developed original content that allows people to learn about the thoughts and ideas of people with dementia and simulate the world as they see it. The course program is designed to make even those who are not familiar with dementia feel that it is their own affair. Why don't you join us and think about what a "symbiotic society" where people with dementia live together means?

The course is not a one-way listening session, but an "experiential" one. Watching interviews with the participants and experiencing VR are important parts of the course. Through the entire lecture, you will gain a new awareness and understanding of dementia.

The course is designed to be taken by a group of people, and is used for employee training and courses for customers of companies whose customers are mainly seniors, awareness-raising events for local residents organized by local governments, staff training at nursing and medical facilities, and classes at educational institutions that train care workers and nurses. In addition to full-package courses with instructors, we also offer "Dementia VR Experience Sessions" focusing on the Asahi Shimbun Dementia VR.

We hope that you will spend some time thinking about a "dementia-friendly society" where people with dementia are cared for, supported, and live together.

Features
  • 1 Supervised by a specialist in dementia treatment
  • 2 Video interviews with people with dementia sharing their experiences and thoughts
  • 3 Video of a specialist explaining dementia in simple terms
  • 4 VR videos based on interviews with people with dementia and experts.
  • 5

    Online streaming (live and on-demand) is also available Click here.

Comfortable viewing with the latest VR headsets

The VR experience uses the latest stand-alone headsets such as OculusGo and Skyworth. No headphone required with built-in speakers.

PROGRAM

Course content and schedule

The course will be conducted in an easy-to-understand manner using interviews with the individual, viewing of explanations by medical specialists, and VR experience. The duration of the course is 90-120 minutes. The duration of the course is 90-120 minutes, and can be set according to your request. The course is designed to be effective with a good balance between knowledge acquisition and hands-on experience. The following is an example of a 90-minute session. The following is an example of a 90-minute session, which can be customized to some extent to include discussion time according to the needs of the organizer.

Example of a course program(Assuming 90 minutes)

  • 0 to 5 minGreetings and program explanation
  • 5 to 10 minCommunity building
  • 10 to 15 minWatch the mini movie (first half)
  • 15 to 20 minWatch an interview with a people with dementia
  • 20 to 50 minExplaining dementia while watching a commentary by an expert
  • 50 to 65 minVR experience
  • 65 to 75 minUnderstanding the World of People with Dementia
  • 75 to 80 minWatch an interview with a people with dementia
  • 80 to 85 minWatch the mini movie (second half)
  • 85 to 90 minThinking about a Symbiotic Society
VR VIDEO

[Asahi Shimbun Dementia VR]
VR videos are full of realism.
Experience the perspective of a people with dementia

Go down the stairs[2 minutes and 19 seconds]

The cognitive ability to grasp space, for example, is reduced, and the sensation that steps are difficult to descend can be seen. We can understand part of the reason why people with cognitive decline hesitate to go down steps.

I see visions.[2 minutes 05 seconds]

It reproduces the hallucinations that are said to be characteristic mainly of dementia with Lewy bodies. You can feel the situation where you can see visions of children, which is considered to be relatively common.

Driving a car[2 minutes 46 seconds]

This simulates the driving situation of a person with reduced cognitive function. As the distance between the car and the driver becomes difficult to discern, the driver is at a loss when driving at intersections and almost crashes into a car. You can also e xperience the momentary loss of consciousness caused by epilepsy in the elderly, which can also occur in elderly people with cognitive decline.

※The above VR video was originally produced by the Asahi Shimbun based on interviews with multiple people with dementia and supervision by medical specialists. Not all people with dementia or cognitive decline will be in the situation shown in the above VR video. Symptoms vary from person to person, and this video is intended to promote understanding of dementia by giving people a chance to experience one example.
ONLINE

Live and on-demand streaming

The course is also available online. The online lecture will be delivered by the lecturer with video interviews with the people with dementia, explanations by medical specialists, and mini movies depicting the daily life of a family with a parent with dementia.
■Live Streaming
Live streaming for companies, local governments, schools and other organizations can be viewed on "YouTube Live". The instructor will deliver the lecture online remotely at the time you specify. The standard duration of the lecture is 90 minutes, but the time and content can be discussed upon request. Q&A sessions are also available via chat.
■On-demand distribution(Japanese version only)
On-demand delivery is also available for viewing recorded lectures at any time. This service is available not only for groups, but also for individual students.

※On-demand delivery" requires registration with the Asahi Shimbun's video delivery system. Payment by credit card is required.
INTERVIEW

Interview with a people with dementia/
Expert Commentary

People with dementia

Tsutomu Kamiya

It talks about the symptoms of dementia and what kind of problems one may encounter. It describes in concrete terms the difficulties encountered in daily life. The author's thoughts and feelings are conveyed straight from the heart.

People with dementia

Tomofumi Tanno

How do you want the people around you to treat you? What do you want your family to be like? What kind of society do you want to live in? There are many hints that only the speaker can give.

People with dementia

Kenichi Matsuura

Mr. Matsuura says that music is his reason for living. Dementia can cause a variety of symptoms. Visual hallucinations and illusions are among the symptoms that tend to appear in the early stages of dementia with Lewy bodies. In this interview, Mr. Matsuura talks frankly about the symptoms that are difficult to understand, along with his own thoughts.

People with dementia

Kazuko Fujita

The Japan Dementia Working Group (JDWG), of which Ms. Fujita is a representative, has been working to create a society where people can continue to live with hope and dignity even after they have dementia, and released the "Declaration of Hope for Living with Dementia" in November 2018. We ask her to share her thoughts as a people with dementia, and how she builds relationships with her family and others as a mother and former nurse.

specialist

Dr. Takashi AsadaVisiting Professor, Tokyo Medical and Dental UniversityPresident, Memory Clinic OchanomizuProfessor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba

A leading expert in dementia treatment explains in detail what dementia is in the first place for each theme. He also supervises the entire course and serves as the navigator in the VR video.

Textbooks

Dementia Friendly Lecture
Official Textbook

The textbook used in the lectures includes articles that are well worth reading. You can take it home to review the course content.

※Click on the text image to see a larger version.
NEWS

Here are some of our activities(Japanese version only)

OVERVIEW / PRICE

"Dementia Friendly Course"
Event Outline and Package Price List ※All prices shown are exclusive of consumption tax.
The programs and prices offered are subject to change without notice.

Venue
We will visit the venue you specify. Please prepare a suitable location for the lecture.
(The event can also be held at the Asahi Shimbun Tokyo Headquarters in Tsukiji, Tokyo. Please consult with us in this case.)
Lecture Time
The course will provide a 90-120 minute program that includes a VR experience. The content can be customized to some extent according to your needs.
Number of participants
The number of participants may exceed the number of headsets in the price list below. However, the maximum number of participants for the "Up to 30 Headsets Plan" is 60, and the maximum number of participants for the "31-40 Headsets Plan" is 80. Please note that the course time will be extended accordingly.
Equipment to be prepared by the client

・Screen and projector or monitor, power supply

・Speakers (not necessary if the monitor has an HDMI connection for audio, etc.)

・Microphone for the lecturer (not necessary depending on the size of the venue)

・Desks and chairs (enough for the number of participants. (The desk will be used for headsets and textbooks.

■Full Package with Instructor Price List

Menu (Price list by number of headsets) Price Lecturer
Plan for 1 to 30 cars ¥140,000 one person
Plan for 31 to 40 cars ¥165,000 Two persons
(one person)
Plan for 41 to 50 cars ¥185,000 Two persons
(one person)
Plan for 51 to 60 cars ¥205,000 Two persons
(one person)
Plan for 61 to 70 cars ¥225,000 Three people
(Two persons)
Official textbook, for the number of participants ¥500
×Number of participants

[Supplementa]
・The above menu includes the lecture program (90-120 minutes), use of VR equipment, VR program fee, and VR mask.
・If you need more than 71 units, please contact us. If you need more than 71 units, please contact us for a separate estimate.
・If you need more than 71 headsets, please contact us.
・If 30 headsets are used, the maximum number of participants is 60.
・The actual cost of equipment delivery will be invoiced separately.
・The number of lecturers will vary depending on the number of headsets used for the VR experience.
・The number of lecturers will vary depending on the number of headsets.
・There is no additional fee for holding the seminar on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, early mornings or evenings.
・Up to two sessions can be held on the same day at the same venue.
・If you do not want to experience VR, we will offer a 20,000 yen discount on the price.
・If you would like to hold the course more than once in a year, we will discuss the price with you.
・This course is for ages 13 and up.

※Please fill in the required information and send the application form as an attachment by email(dementiavr@asahi.com).Alternatively, please send the original to the address at the bottom of the page.
Please check the Terms of Use before applying.

■VR Experience Session (Event Dispatch) Package Price List

We will conduct "VR Experience Sessions" at various events. One facilitator will be dispatched along with 10 headsets. Each trial session lasts about 50 minutes and can be held up to 6 times per day with a maximum of 10 participants per session. There will be 10 minutes of preparation time between sessions. The facilitator will guide and facilitate the participants to watch the recorded interviews with the person (for two people) and experience VR (for three people).

menu Offer Price
Held on a single day (maximum of 6 times for the entire day) ¥126,000
Half-day session (maximum of three sessions in the morning or afternoon) ¥73,000

[Supplemental]
・The above menu includes VR equipment usage, VR program usage fee, and VR mask.
・The actual cost of equipment delivery will be charged separately.
・The actual cost of long-distance transportation, such as by air, bullet train, or express, will be billed separately.
・If the facilitator needs to stay overnight, the actual cost will be charged separately.
・There is no additional fee for holding the event on weekends or holidays, or for early morning or evening sessions.
・The VR experience session can only be held at the same venue.
・If you are able to confirm multiple sessions per year, we will be happy to discuss pricing.
・This hands-on workshop is for ages 13 and up; if you have participants under 13, please contact us so that we can prepare a scope with a single lens.

※Please fill in the required information and send the application form as an attachment by email(dementiavr@asahi.com).Alternatively, please send the original to the address at the bottom of the page.
Please check the Terms of Use before applying.

■Live Streaming Price List

menu Offer Price Unit price per participant
Live Streaming ※Up to 30 students ¥120,000 For 31 or more people, add ¥1,000 per person.

[Supplemental]
・This course is designed for companies, local governments, schools and other groups.
・Delivered remotely online by the instructor at a time of your choosing
・The standard course duration is 90 minutes, but time and content can be negotiated upon request.

※Please fill in the required information and send the application form as an attachment by email(dementiavr@asahi.com).Please send the original to the address at the bottom of this page.
Please check the Terms of Use before applying.

■On-demand delivery (group) price list

menu Offer Price
On-demand delivery (group) ¥30,000(Cost of establishing video distribution system)

¥1,000 × Number of people

[Supplemental]
・We will open a dedicated web page for logging in to the Asahi Shimbun's video distribution system.
・To log in, you will need to set your name, email address, and password.
・You will have three days (72 hours) to view the video after your application is confirmed.
・You will be billed according to the number of users whose login has been confirmed.
・Recording and photography are strictly prohibited.

※Please fill in the required information and send the application form as an attachment by email(dementiavr@asahi.com).Alternatively, please send the original to the address at the bottom of the page.
Please check the Terms of Use before applying.
VOICE

Comments from people who have taken this course

One of the participants said, "Experience has the power to change people. After deepening the knowledge in the course, watching the interview with the person himself or experiencing it simulcasted in VR can have an unprecedented effect. Here are some of the real voices of those who took the course (excerpts).

  • It was a valuable experience that made me keenly aware of the difficulty of putting myself in the position of the patient, and at the same time, made me realize the importance of doing so. I thought it was easy to deepen my understanding of dementia because I was able to simulate the anxiety, fear, and difficulties of living that are difficult to convey in words.
  • Dementia does not mean that everything about the person has been impaired. Only a part of the person is impaired, but the rest of the person remains the same. I thought it was important to look at each person individually, determine what they can do, and support them.
  • I was reminded once again that if everyone deepens their understanding of dementia, society will become more comfortable for both the patient and the people who support them. In reality, I think there are many difficulties, but if we can become a society where people can be open about their illnesses, I think the burden will be reduced.
  • There were videos that I could watch and listen to, so I was able to learn without getting bored. I realized that it is important to think, feel, and interact with people with dementia, rather than just memorizing manuals.
  • I thought it was very serious when she said, "There are times when kindness is misunderstood, or there is excessive help," and "I want kindness to draw out the power of independence, not just to protect the patient. These words were very serious. They made me think again that the supporters may lack the perspective of the patient.
  • The VR experience helped me understand how people with dementia see and feel when they see the same scenery as we do. I was able to visualize and understand the symptoms of dementia in a more concrete way.
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