On Monday 18 May, The Queen and The Crown Princess took part in the international Dementia Forum X conference in Nacka. Business leaders, researchers and politicians came together to discuss the challenges that need to be dealt with as more and more people suffer from dementia diseases.
Dementia Forum X is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish Dementia Centre and the Forte research council. This was the first time the conference was held, and was arranged in connection with the Silviahemmet Foundation's 20th anniversary.
Minister for the Elderly Åsa Regnér gave an opening speech, and The Queen was the keynote speaker.
The Queen spoke about the challenge presented by a growing elderly population, how this requires new ideas and solutions for dementia care, and how the Silviahemmet Foundation has become a centre of excellence within dementia care during its 20 year history.
You can read The Queen's speech in full here.
In the evening, a degree ceremony was held at Drottningholm Palace Theatre for the first cohort of Silvia Doctors, who have completed master's degrees in dementia care at Karolinska Institutet.
The Silviahemmet Foundation was founded at The Queen's initiative in 1996. The training of Silvia Sisters and Silvia Nurses and the certification of entire units is carried out alongside broader education in practical dementia care for various categories of healthcare staff. Silviahemmet strives to play an active role in the development of quality care for dementia sufferers and their relatives.