I wanted to take a moment to put the plight of the disabled out front in this Natural Disaster. A few sobering statistics:
- 22% of Japanese citizens are over 60 years of age
- 3/4 of all deaths in the United States Hurricane Katrina disaster were over 60
Japan has 127 million people. 22% are over 60. And I'm going to guess this next percentage based on disability figures elsewhere, I'll say 1% are disabled and not in the overlapping over 60 group. This means that 29.2 million disabled and elderly individuals are struggling, some of course more then others based on demographically where they are, but the number speaks for itself.
This paints a macabre picture which wasn't exactly what I had in mind. A disabled person needs to think about these "worst case scenarios." What would you do? How prepared are you? Do you have an emergency cash fund that is easy to get to? If your in a wheelchair just what would you do if your chair was damaged? There are numerous other and lots of more important questions you should be concerned with based on your situation or the situation of someone you love.
I'm writing this to raise awareness of this segment of the population that is disproportionately suffering the most.