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Japan beckons aged carers

CHANGING social attitudes in Japan are presenting good

opportunities for WA businesses operating in the aged care industry.

It seems traditional Japanese attitudes towards the support of elderly parents are changing.

Now, fewer elderly Japanese expect to end their days living with their sons or daughters.

This change is likely to put new pressures on Japan’s health and care services. At the same time, medical advances are ensuring people are living longer and more active lives.

Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan, who recently led a WA business mission to Japan, said WA had considerable expertise in areas relating to aged care.

These areas include aged care management, accommodation and facility design, dementia care and research and development.

The WA Department of Commerce and Trade organised two specially targeted aged-care industry seminars in Japan – one at Kobe in WA’s sister state of Hyogo and the other in Osaka.

A key presenter at the seminars was Brightwater Care Group

executive director Dr Penny Flett.

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