Mayumi Aoyama (alias)

Age:

86 years old (As of July 2019 interview)

Year of birth:

1933

Place of residence:

Tokyo

Relatives living together:

Lives alone (son and his spouse live in the neighborhood)

Occupation:

Former cashier at a major hotel (worked there for 7 years)

Age of onset:

About 82 years old

Age of diagnosis:

83 years old

Diagnosis:

Alzheimer type

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 17About (As of 2016)

Using long-term care insurance:

Using Small-scale Multifunctional Satellite Care Service

Past experiences

2013年(80)

My husband passed away.
I became friends with an instructor of karaoke, which had been my hobby, but the instructor subsequently became ill. At that time, I met the instructor's care manager and started to communicate with the care manager.

Diagnosis

2016年(83)

The care manager noticed that I was "repeating the same thing" and called the Community General Support Center.
My family members, who were not living with me, was surprised to hear an explanation from the staff of the center and took me to the hospital.
(According to her family, she also heard the explanation but did not seem to understand it.)

2016年(83)

I gradually became unable to do an increasing number of things, such as calculating money, keeping my cash card without losing it, keeping track of dates or geography.

2019年(86)

Feeing fear of causing a fire, for instance by forgetting to turn off the gas, I began to think that I had become senile.
I am still cleaning the building and closing the gate, which I have been doing for about 10 years.

Joy in life and living

1

Joy that remains with you even after onset

Going to hot springs

2

Joy that remains with you even after onset

Going to summer resort

3

Joy that you have given up

Reading books

4

Joy that remains with you even after onset

Singing, which I have been doing for 10 years

Something you would like to do in the future

I want to travel.

Challenges in daily living