• Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, addresses a news conference, joined by Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, addresses a news conference, joined by Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company ... Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, left to right, get together after a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, left to right, get together after a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding ... company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty applaud as Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro is introduced a news conference, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty applaud as Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro is introduced a news conference, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding ... company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

Apple, IBM, Japan Post team up to improve elderly care in Japan, want other places to follow

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Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country.

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The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world's population ages.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro announced the deal in New York on Thursday.

The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will provide cloud services and help create apps to improve seniors' quality of life.

Apple and IBM formed a partnership last year to create mobile apps for a broad range of industries. This has led to the creation of 22 apps so far.