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TV series will focus on the health needs of the elderly

Staff Writer, with CNA

A series of movies about healthcare for the elderly will be broadcast beginning this week to raise awareness about the challenges brought by an aging population, the Public Television Service (PTS) announced on Sunday.

A total of 16 investigative news reports, documentary films and movies about senior healthcare nationwide and abroad, including from countries such as Finland and Japan, will be broadcast from tomorrow until June 15, said a PTS official, who asked not to be identified.

The series, titled Live Longer and Better, will examine the needs of seniors nationwide, who constitute more than 10 percent of the total population, said Raymond Yan, a section chief of neurology at Taipei City Hospital, who has used some of the movies for educational purposes.

Yan said that one of the movies, which addresses Alzheimer’s disease, can give families guidance on how to identify possible symptoms and get their loved ones timely treatment.

“Degenerative brain diseases are not only problems for doctors, but they are burdens for families and society as a whole,” Yan said. “We need to learn how to approach these issues comprehensively.”

The doctor said that although there are only between 30,000 and 40,000 people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in the nation according to government statistics, he estimated that the real number could be as high as 170,000, since many people do not know how to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

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