Japanese Brewery Develops Senior-Friendly Beer Cans

Japanese beer maker Asahi has come up with a new way for senior citizens to enjoy a beer. While their normal cans are 12 ounces and tallboys are 16 ounces, the company has also created two smaller cans — 4 ounces and 8 ounces — aimed at people over 50. It’s not just the smaller size cans that are meant to help senior citizens, but cans that also open more easily. The company considered the fact that the decline of fine motor skills is extremely common in late adulthood and set out to make their cans easier to open. The top of the can was made thinner so the internal pressure pushes up the middle of the can top. The finger hole where you pull the tab was made twice as deep and 50% larger, making it easier to pop open. The mouth of the can is also 25% larger, and the tops also contain braille. Considering the rapid graying of Japan’s population, Japanese citizens can expect to see more of this kind of thing in the future.