Japanese Prison Lets Inmates Over 65 Years Play Nintendo DS To Battle Dementia

A report by Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun has revealed that Oita Prison, which is located on the eastern coast of Kyushu, is battling dementia in its older inmates by having them play games on a Nintendo DS (thanks RocketNews24). In Oita Prison, 21 percent of the inmates are aged over 65, which is a little bit higher than Japan’s national average of 18.2 percent, whereas in the US only 2.2 percent of the prison population is 65 or over according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. All over the planet the number of pensioners in prison is increasing and with this comes the rise of new challenges, such as helping inmates battle the effects of dementia. Read more at http://www.siliconera.com/2015/05/20/japanese-prison-lets-inmates-over-65-years-play-nintendo-ds-to-battle-dementia/#Z4qzjhc7xsZCy1wV.99