September 21 is the "World Alzheimer's Action Day", and so Musashino City municipal government proclaimed September as "The Month to Learn about Dementia" for the City. There are educational campaigns, public talks, counselling, etc, are organized each year.
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".
Home visits are provided by professional dentists to older persons with dementia or who are bedridden. (The visit and consultation is free, but if the older person needs a dental treatment, it will incur a fee.)
To increase the quality of life of persons with dementia and to lessen the burden on their carers, some support (e.g. home visit, chatting, accompanying the older person for a short walk outside, etc) that are not covered by the national nursing care insurance (long-term medical insurance) can be provided for up to 4 hours per week at a reasonbale cost (500 yen per hour). Older persons (65 years old or above) with dementia or their families may request this service.
The China Alzheimer's Project was launched in 2009 by the China Contemporary TCM Institute (an NGO under the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Its mission is to raise public awareness on prevention, care, and knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and to reduce the incidence of such disease. To do so, the organization has carried out various activities such as education, research, and advocacy. It also established cooperation with the Nursing School of Peking University Medical Center in 2010 to jointly develop education and training programs.
In 2014, training courses were provided for family caregivers of dementia to strengthen their knowledge and skills in dementia care, and to respond to the carers' other needs and difficulties.
The Brain Health Education Programme Enhances primary and secondary students' knowledge on dementia through talks, drama and puppet show.
Registered occupational therapists and social workers provide a series of neuropsychological tests to people with deteriorating memory and cognitive ability. This early detection service is established to screen elders in community who are at risk of dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in order to raise public awareness towards dementia and brain health.
Public talks and exhibitions in the community are organized on a regular basis to promote public awareness about dementia.
Persons with mild cognitive impairment and early stage of dementia can benefit from memory class, offered by registered occupational therapists and social workers who design customized activities to improve the brain function (such as memory, attention, problem solving, arithmetic, logical reasoning and language abilities).