Dementia Supporter Training Lecture (認知症サポーター養成講座)
The City offers a regular seminar on dementia, with a view to making their community dementia-friendly. Recognizing the fact that 1 in 10 older persons (65 years and above) living in Musashino City is affected by the disease, this free, public education programme provides basic knowledge and practical tips for comminicating and living with persons affected by dementia. Anyone living in Musashino City is welcome, and upon completion they are given an orange wrist band of "community dementia supporter". Private businesses, schools, etc, can also request the seminar to be held in their premises for their employees or students. As of September 2012, there were more than 5,600 "community dementia supporters" in Musashino City. The "supporters" are not obliged to perform any specific tasks or functions, but are enouraged to do what they can in their own everyday settings, such as recognizing symptoms of dementia and being kind in their communication and interactions with the patients.