The Queen and Princess Sofia attend Dementia Forum X

On Wednesday 15 May, The Queen, Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Takamado of Japan and Princess Sofia attended the international Dementia Forum X at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The Dementia Forum X was held for the third time since 2015 in the Bernadotte Library. The forum was attended by more than 100 operational managers, decision-makers, ministers, researchers and other players from around the world to hold discussions, promote new ideas and raise awareness of dementia and its challenges.

Princess Takamado of Japan, The Queen, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Sofia during the conference at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Princess Takamado of Japan, The Queen, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Sofia during the conference at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the day, talks were given by representatives from organisations including the World Health Organization, Karolinska Institutet, the Alzheimer's Association, the Global Alliance on Women's Brain Health and Alzheimer's Disease International.

The afternoon included presentations of a number of different projects, news and support aids that the participants were able to try out and share.

The Queen gives a speech at Dementia Forum X.

The Queen gives a speech at Dementia Forum X. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Queen rounded off the day in the Bernadotte Library with a speech in which she said:

"Dementia is one of the largest, most complex and challenging health issues facing humanity today. Therefore, it fills me with hope to see the commitment that exists for this cause.

"For well over two decades, I have been an advocate for improved care and quality of life for people living with dementia and their loved ones.

"Looking back at the time that has gone by, I am grateful for the progress that science has made. Never before have we had so much knowledge about dementia diseases as we do today. And never has there been a greater ambition and determination to fight them."

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The day concluded with a guided tour and dinner at the National Museum for the participants.

About Dementia Forum X

Dementia Forum X was first organised in 2015. The initiative is a collaboration between the Forum For Elderly Careexternal link, opens in new window, Swedish Care Internationalexternal link, opens in new window, the Silviahemmet Foundationexternal link, opens in new window, Karolinska Institutetexternal link, opens in new window, the Swedish Dementia Centreexternal link, opens in new window and the Forteexternal link, opens in new window research council.