Japan: A glimpse at Montana's future?

How the world's oldest nation cares for its elderly

This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 - what new strategies could Montana explore? - will be published next week.

Montana, the oldest state in the western United States, faces many of the same problems as Japan, the world's oldest country. Might there be solutions for Montana from what looks to be a successful experiment enacted two decades ago to help pay for elder care in Japan?

On April 1, 2000, a new law in Japan began the world's largest and most radical long-term care program for the elderly.

It was a surprising development to many out...


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