Social care for older adults with mental disorder in Japan

Hiroko Kase*

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    In 2007, when the percentage of the population aged 65 or older had reached 21.5%, Japan was designated a ‘super-aged’ society. The Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI), the nationally mandated long-term care insurance programme for older adults, had already been implemented by the government in 2000. This system changed the public’s understanding of social care, which had previously been regarded as a service for the poor, to that of a social service available for all Japanese citizens. The Act on Service and Support for Persons with Disabilities (ASSPD), including mental disorders, approved in 2006, integrated social services and public medical services that had previously been provided, based on different laws for different disabilities, following the same ideas and systems of the LTCI programme. The present chapter discusses the current services and policies and how they relate to older Japanese individuals with mental illness. It emphasises the importance of reevaluating the kinds of care that should be provided and under what circumstances. Additionally, future risks to the stability of the social security system as a result of the ageing society are also considered. The sustainability of long-term care and home care, mainly provided by family care givers, is perhaps the issue most in need of being addressed by both regional and national governments at the present time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAgeing and Mental Health
    Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781634847919
    ISBN (Print)9781634847773
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1


    • Community-based care
    • Family care giving
    • Long-term care
    • Mental health
    • Older adults

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)


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