On April 2, 2018, OQTA, Inc. and BrainCare Inc., a company which offers solutions for dementia and medical data analysis (located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, founded by Daisuke Yamamoto, hereinafter referred to as “the company”), established a business partnership to launch a joint research on sociability of elderly people, including changes in cognitive functions of those living alone.
■Details of our business partnership
According to the Cabinet Office, as of 2014, the number of households with those aged 65 or older in Japan is 23,572, which accounts for 46.7% of all households in Japan. Moreover, they are more likely to live alone or only with the elderly. Although approximately 70% of the elderly lived with their children in 1980, the percentage had decreased to less than 50% in 1999 and was only 40.6% in 2014. On the other hand, the percentage of single-person or married-couple elderly households has been increasing. In 1980, only around 30% of them lived alone or with their spouse. In 2004, however, the percentage had increased to more than 50% and was 55.4% in 2014. (*1)
Another study(*2) indicates that how much men are involved in work and family interactions, or how often women participate in group activities when they are young, is the greatest factor in whether they’ll develop dementia and the extent of support that they will need in the future.
In other words, an increasing number of elderly people live alone even though research has proven a positive relationship between frequent interactions with others and dementia prevention.
Given this fact, BrainCare Inc. considers creating excitement for the aging society as their mission. They have been striving to visualize the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by analyzing data on cognitive and physical functions of the elderly. In order to improve cognitive functions of elderly people, BrainCare Inc. has developed a dementia prevention program called Ninkatsu Dojo based on their health data research and analyses, and brain wave measurements using image analysis technology.
Aiming to actualize and “infrastructurize” love, OQTA, Inc. invented the OQTA Clock, a cuckoo-clock-like device that facilitates interactions among family members living far from each other.
Our business partnership enables acquiring and analyzing data on elderly people’s involvements in social activities and their psychological changes. We aim to promote their quality of life by turning the knowledge acquired from research into service development.
Location: 5 Chome-11-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Business outline: Developing and managing solutions for dementia