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Link: ChatGPT a mentor for 89-year-old app developer - The Japan Times

Tomiji Suzuki, 89, started coding in retirement and is now making apps for Japan's fast-growing elderly demographic, using ChatGPT to fine-tune his skills. So far, Suzuki has developed 11 free iPhone apps to help Japan's aging population, including his latest: a slideshow of items to remember when leaving the house, from a wallet and hearing aids to patient registration cards. He was inspired to create the app, which features his granddaughter's voice, after he realized he had forgotten his dentures as he was about to board a bullet train. "These kinds of things happen to the elderly," he said with a laugh, adding that his age has been an advantage when coming up with ideas for the programs. "No matter how hard they try, I don't think younger people understand the elderly's needs and expectations," he said. Nearly a third of Japan's population is age 65 or older, making it the world's oldest country after Monaco, and 1 in 10 people are octogenarians. The most popular of his apps is "Pee Count Record" which gets 30 downloads each week, despite no effort being spent on marketing. When Suzuki had hernia surgery two years ago, the nurses would ask him how many times he had passed urine. But with the number as high as 12 a day after the operation, "I couldn't remember without recording it," he said, and so decided to make an app to help keep track. #


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