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Apple, extending its partnership with IBM, will also collaborate on apps to improve the wellness and connectivity of elderly people, starting in Japan.
The iPads will be preloaded with custom apps designed for the elderly by IBM, such as software that provides reminders and alerts about medications, exercise and diet and help accessing community activities, grocery shopping and job matching.
The companies are starting the program in Japan because of its large population of aging citizens. The country’s 33 million senior represent about 25 percent of the population, with that percentage expected to rise to 40 percent in the next 40 years.