Stiftelsen Silviahemmet (the Silviahemmet Foundation) is honored to be a part of the #BeBrainPowerful Sweden movement. Maintaining a high quality of life is central to Silviahemmet’s vision, and the first step is preventative care. For Silviahemmet sharing information with healthcare professionals, policymakers and family members worldwide is a way to ensure that brain health is central to the discussion of overall wellness. The foundation is proud to support this national initiative which elevates the dialogue around risk reduction and aims to make brain health a priority for Swedes of all ages.
About Stiftelsen Silviahemmet
Stiftelsen Silviahemmet was founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1996 based on the realization that knowledge is a powerful tool for understanding, helping and providing good care for people with dementia. Through various training initiatives, Silviahemmet’s aim is to contribute to the highest possible quality of life for those suffering from dementia, including their families.
About The #BeBrainPowerful Campaign
The #BeBrainPowerful campaign aims to create brain health heroes among women and was launched in the United States in November 2018 by USAgainstAlzheimer’s and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s as part of their Campaign for Women’s Brain Health. Swedish Care International is the official driver of the #BeBrainPowerful campaign in Sweden. The campaign was announced at our third biennial summit Dementia Forum X in May 2019 in the presence of HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, HM Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Takamado of Japan and Princess Sophia of Sweden.
Perspectives from Stiftelsen Silviahemmet
Dr. Wilhelmina Hoffman, Head Master, M.D. at Stiftelsen Silviahemmet is excited to be a part of this initiative. She says, “HM Queen Silvia started the SH Foundation in recognition of the power of knowledge in understanding, helping and providing excellent care for people living with dementia and other diseases of cognitive decline. On the same principle, we understand the need for scientific knowledge to guide everyday decisions in life which can ultimately contribute to preventing such diseases. We also know from research that dementia impacts women more significantly than men, however, our understanding of this distinction is preliminary. Without a doubt, we need greater advocacy and resources in this area so that one day, we are able to stop the disease at its root and protect people for generations to come. Supporting #BeBrainPowerful is our Foundation’s way of honoring not only the hundreds of our guests who we have cared for throughout the years at our center but also the men and women who work hard to bring dignity and integrity back into caregiving through our methodology.”
Ms. Petra Tegman, Assistant Manager at Silviahemmet, advocates good self-care practices and brain-health is a big part of that. She says, “Like all acts of self-care, it is never too late to prioritize brain health. This means that we should not be afraid to walk away from our phones for a few moments to get some fresh air, or prioritize time for our own creative hobbies; maybe even begin a journal to write down and capture our hopes and dreams. We are humans who are living in a lightning-fast world of information, and we need to be extra gentle with our brains. Like any muscle, the brain needs an opportunity to rest and recuperate so it can come back and perform at top levels when you really need it.”
Swedish Care International is humbled to receive the support of the Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.