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A Profile of Older Japanese 2011


2008

A Profile of Older Japanese 2011


11.8%

10.4%

31.5%

45.4%

77.8%

23.1%

2008

2008


2,729

82.6

A Profile of Older Japanese 2011


2007

1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000

2010


A major change during the period from 1950 to 2000 is from dying at

home to dying in a hospital. This change is problematical in terms of both

health care costs and the interests of the dying people and their families.

Movements have developed in response to changes in pattern of dying. Some

advocate the use of advance directives or living wills to allow patients greater

choice about how much their lives should be extended with technology. Others

encourage the development of better palliative and terminal care, which thus

far has been available mainly in hospitals and for cancer patients. Good hospice

care should be available to all dying people at home or in a nursing home

if they and their families desire it.

A Profile of Older Japanese 2011


1914

1918

1922

1926

1930

1934

1938

1942

1949

1953

1957

1961

1965

1969

1973

1977

1981

1985

1989

1993

1997

2001

2005

2009

2009

87.8 87.6

12.2 12.4

2005

2009

2009

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