Akio Kakishita


65 years old (As of May 2019)

Year of birth:


Place of residence:


Relatives living together:

Lives with wife


Former Olympic Athlete / Former Product Center Director, Tokyo Seika Co., Ltd.

Age of onset:

About 60 years old

Age of diagnosis:

61 years old


Unknown (Alzheimer's disease or cerebrovascular dementia)

Dementia rating scale?Mini-Mental State Examination(MMSE)
The most widely used screening test internationally for identifying dementia, in which questions are asked directly to subjects. The MMSE assesses cognitive functions with a series of questions/tasks related to orientation, memory, attention and calculation, language, giving commands and copying a picture. The test yields the highest score of 30 points, and, in general, those who score 23 points or lower are identified as suspected patients with dementia.Revised Hasegawa's Dementia Scale (HDS-R)
A screening test widely used in Japan for identifying dementia, in which questions are asked directly to subjects. It has 9 questions/tasks related to age, orientation, immediate memory and delayed recall of 3 words, calculation, backward digit span, memory of 5 objects and language fluency. The test yields the highest score of 30 points, and, in general, those who score 20 points or lower are identified as suspected patients with dementia.

MMSE 27About (As of July 2017)

Using long-term care insurance:

Day service (twice per week)
Care manager visit (once per month)

Frequency of gatherings with other people with dementia:

Meetings such as ones for people with dementia (once per month)

Past experiences


My head felt constantly foggy and unclear. My manager even asked me if I was okay.
I do not remember much about these times.
My family noticed that I was getting lost, taking longer to prepare for a trip, being exhausted after coming home from work, and repeatedly checking my work schedule for the next day.



I was diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) at a neurologist that I had been visiting regularly.
I had been visiting the hospital alone until then, but my wife accompanied me when I was diagnosed.


I asked the neurologist about the outlook for my treatment but did not get a clear answer. So I transferred to a dementia specialist on the referral of a doctor who was a friend of mine.
While continuing to work, I attended the hospital's day care once a week for half a day.
I retired after my term as a board member expired and began to attend day care at the hospital twice a week.
I started to attend a day service for young adults with dementia twice a week, where retired people of similar ages worked in small groups to conduct daytime activities.


I got to know "Minna no Dangisho Shinagawa" (Everyone's Talking Place Shinagawa) and started to participate in its activities.
I enjoyed with my peers events such as RUN Tomo, softball games, barbecues, rice cake pounding and so on.
I participated in a working group for people with dementia. I experienced things such as a meeting with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.


I discuss with my peers at "Minna no Dangisho Shinagawa" what a town would look like where it is easy to live with or without dementia.
As a place open to everyone, a loose community of people is beginning to form, and we are discussing what we want to do.
It has become my routine to do muscle training once a week.

Joy in life and living


Joy that has come to you after onset

Interacting with people beyond the boundaries of people with dementia, caregivers, etc.


Joy that has come to you after onset

Using my five senses, for example enjoying the view of the ocean and smelling fruits


Joy that has come to you after onset

Going to art exhibitions and drawing pictures of the seaside and flowers (I started them after I began to do clinical art in art therapy.)


Joy that has come to you after onset

Participating in RUN Tomo and playing baseball with peers with dementia


Joy that has come to you after onset

Selling items that we have designed and made at the day service and promoting such activities to the community

Something you would like to do in the future

Now that I have dementia, I want to take this opportunity to do what I can to make the most of it.
Recently, I have started to think that I would like to have a place where I can come together and talk with people who have the same disease or some kind of handicap.
I think about we bring together and share what we are doing, what we are enjoying, what we are having trouble with, and what we are doing to cope with things in our lives.
We can invent all sorts of things! I would like to create such a place by discussing with my peers at Minna no Dangisho Shinagawa.

Challenges in daily living

Physical and mental dysfunctions

Message to the society

Dementia is not just about being supported.
There are many things we can do and want to do. We are feeling various things in a normal way.
A society where people can live together and understand weaknesses and difficulties unique to each person. A society where people can make contributions with capabilities and characteristics that each has. I want to create such a society together with everyone.