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  • Japan’s elderly are fighting dementia with make-up
  • Japan’s elderly are fighting dementia with make-up
    Myleen Hollero (2008) ©

Japan’s elderly are fighting dementia with make-up

A bit of lipstick can do wonders for your self-esteem, but it seems applying cosmetics can have a whole extra set of therapeutic benefits for Japan’s elderly. Studies have found that putting on make-up can slow the progress of dementia by helping sufferers keep their brains active.



  • Music therapy is popular in Japan Music therapy is popular in Japan

    When you're sick, sometimes it's the simple things that can help you the most. Music has long been proven to soothe symptoms of patients who are uncomfortable or in pain, and music therapy is now increasingly being used in Japan to treat the ill and elderly in times of need.

  • Article image How to reach Asia's bright old things

    Asia is notoriously home to some of the most active and beauty-conscious elderly people in the world; from Japanese retirees climbing Mount Everest to millions of Chinese seniors dancing in city squares. What can be learnt from fusing tradition and health to reach Asia's 'bright old things'?

  • Article image What it really means to grow old in Japan

    More than 25% of the Japanese population is over the age of 65. With a low birthrate and increasing life expectancy, that figure is only set to increase. Japan is renowned for its respectful and traditionally regimented attitudes towards seniors, but what does it really mean to be ageing now, in the world’s oldest population?

  • Article image PARO: tech that aids the elderly

    While the immediate future is unlikely to yield AI pseudo-human carers, the notion of robots aiding the elderly is closer than ever. All over the world – especially in Japan, where more than a quarter of the population is over 65 – technology and healthcare are starting to overlap.