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.
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.
Online streaming (live and on-demand) is also available Click here.
The VR experience uses the latest stand-alone headsets such as OculusGo and Skyworth. No headphone required with built-in speakers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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・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.
|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
|Plan for 41 to 50 cars||¥185,000||Two persons
|Plan for 51 to 60 cars||¥205,000||Two persons
|Plan for 61 to 70 cars||¥225,000||Three people
|Official textbook, for the number of participants||¥500
×Number of participants
・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.
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).
|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|
・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.
|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.|
・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.
|On-demand delivery (group)||¥30,000(Cost of establishing video distribution system)
¥1,000 × Number of people
・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.
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).