Big Cities: Colin Boyd Shafer

Caring for the Elderly

Migiwa Sugimoto is a visiting nurse who works as an assistant manager at “Kurashi no hokenshitsu” (counseling room), where many Tokyo senior citizens visit to consult about their health and other worries. Of all the people who visit, Sugimoto is mostly concerned about Setsuko Maruyama, 89. Maruyama lost her husband seven years ago. Although her dementia is progressing, she is living independently thanks to the her friendships formed at the counseling room and Sugimoto's weekly visits.


Video produced by NHK in Japan.

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