Let’s Hand Over One Sash with Dementia, Run Tomo [Aging Happily]
As an aging society is progressing in the world, we will have more elderly in our community. However, the circumstances surrounding such aging communities are not always simple to address and there are often restrictions on what can be done.
This series, Aging Happily will give you some ideas on how to integrate graceful aging into the local community and help elderly people live their golden years in happiness!
What do you imagine when you hear the word “dementia”? It might be difficult for many people to think that they will develop dementia in the future. However, the truth is, 15% of elderly over 65 have dementia.
Since an aging society is progressing, don’t you think now is the time that we consider dementia a problem worth addressing?.
Nonprofit organization Dementia Friendship Club holds an annual event called “Run Tomo,” which means “run together.” The event is a long distance relay for people with dementia, their families, supporters, and local advocates for the cause.
Easily take part in and fulfill yourself
The purpose of Run Tomo at Dementia Friendship Club is to have events that everyone including a person with dementia can participate in and gain satisfaction and accomplishments.
Run Tomo is an anything-goes relay. You can run with a wheelchair, you can run short distance, or if you like, you can do long distance. One sash is handed over one by one, and at last the sash reaches the finish line.
To great surprise, they ran 300 kilometers from Hakodate to Sapporo with 171 participants at the very first Run Tomo event.
Raise awareness for dementia
We had an interview with Takehito Tokuda, the director of Dementia Friendship Club.
“Run Tomo” brings changes not only to people with dementia but also their families and local communities.
How about local community?
In your country, what kind of projects are there help people with dementia live comfortably? Any ideas? If you don’t have any answers, let’s run together.
[via Greenz.jp written by Eriko Morichika]