Republic of Korea - Dementia Friendly Communities

Dementia Supporters

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Dementia Supporters

In 2010, a Dementia Supporters training programme was launched to encourage the public to be more aware and supportive of people with dementia. This project was developed as part of the government’s War on Dementia, which also saw the introduction of intergenerational activities. Young people in the Republic of Korea experienced a dementia simulator and watched a 3D film to discover what it might be like to live with dementia. They were also trained to give hand massages to residents at a care home and top students at a high school were chosen to oversee art and physical therapy in a care home. Nursery school children also spent time in care homes playing games with people with dementia. The country’s government, recognising the rate at which its population is ageing, introduced a new long-term care insurance to fund these initiatives.