Century Brain Project (October 2022)
In Japan, a society that is rapidly becoming super-aged, the average life expectancy is projected to continue rising. To address this trend, we have initiated a research project aimed at studying the brains of healthy elderly individuals. Our ultimate goal is to establish a society where individuals can maintain a healthy brain even beyond the age of 100. While approximately 60% of individuals over the age of 85 require nursing care or assistance, there are remarkable cases of elderly individuals who exhibit surprising levels of health for their age. To unravel the secrets behind their well-being, we have launched the "Century Brain Project." This initiative focuses on analyzing the brain characteristics of these "super" elderly individuals, aiming to uncover the key factors that contribute to their longevity. Through a combination of BHQ measurements, interviews, and surveys, the project aims to reveal the lifestyle choices and mental states associated with a healthy brain. To facilitate the project's success, we are actively collaborating with government bodies and private companies, with the intention of expanding it nationwide. Through these efforts, our vision is to create a society in Japan, a country known for its longevity, where people can age joyfully and thrive beyond the age of 100.