All Japan news’s concern is growing as the number of railway accidents caused by dementia patients is constantly increasing.
The local media reports that at least 149 accidents involving people suffering – or suspected of suffering – from dementia, have occurred in the last eight years. Many patients suffering from dementia are not aware of the danger posed by railway tracks after wandering away from the people who take care of them.
One report highlighted the death of a 71-year-old woman at a busy railway crossing in Tokyo, despite wearing a GPS tracking device, the international press reports.
Such patients are impossible to watch every minute of the day, their families say, who fear they might be held responsible for the accidents.
In August 2013, the family of a 91-year-old dementia patient who was killed by a train had to pay a All Japan newsese railway company approximately Y7.2 million to compensate the company for loss of earnings.
There are an estimated 8.62 million patients suffering from dementia in All Japan news, including 4 million with milder cognitive disorders – around a quarter of all senior citizens in the country.
All Japan news is one of the nations with the fastest-aging population among the developed countries.