In the closing days of July, Swedish Care International participated in the Alzheimer’s Disease International’s 33rd Conference (ADI2018) in Chicago, USA. The conference lasted four days from 26th-29th July and covered a wide range of topics relating to dementia.

Nordic Innovation and Solutions in Dementia

At the conference, we also hosted our own seminar titled Nordic Innovation and Solutions in Dementia. Facilitated by Ludvig Mörnesten, Deputy Managing Director of SCI, the seminar focused on the importance of innovation in dementia care and how we can make ideas into reality. Throughout the seminar, many examples of innovation and projects were shared and discussed.

In a particular example, Britt Monti, Creative Lead from IKEA of Sweden, shared how IKEA is adapting the design of its products to the specific needs of the ageing population happening throughout the world. Famed for its simplicity, IKEA plans to go one step further this time round. In its new OMTÄNKSAM — which translates to ‘caring’ — range, IKEA features furniture that does not use screws and bolts, rounded-edge tables, grip-friendly cutlery, anti-slip surfaces and supportive chairs.

Another key topic during the seminar was how we can ensure the care sector is involved in every step of the way. Fanny Enström, Project Director of Queen Silvia Nursing Award, shared her project and how she is including nursing students in the innovation process. An annual scholarship offered to nursing students in participating countries, Queen Silvia Nursing Award aims to generate new promising ideas that will revolutionise the dementia and elderly care space.

Haza Newman, CEO of Geras Solutions, also gave several examples of implementable tech solutions in dementia care. He took the opportunity to introduce the Geras App, which provides evidence-based, ICT/mobile health tools that connect users to dementia specialists in order to provide a dementia risk assessment. Finally, he also gave his take on the future of remote diagnostics in dementia care.

In another example, Professor Maria Eriksdotter from Karolinska Institutet talked about how the Swedish Dementia Registry ensures equality in care quality across Sweden. The registry also means that guidelines are followed more rigorously and the proportion of unspecified dementia diagnosed decreases. The Swedish Dementia Registry could also serve as a guideline for countries that have yet to adopt one.

Dr. Wilhelmina Hoffman, Principal of Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, also shared the Silviahemmet care philosophy during the seminar. The care philosophy aims at the highest quality of life for the person affected by dementia and the family, and rests on four cornerstones: Person-centred care/symptom control, Family support, Teamwork, and Communication and Relationship.

We were very honoured to host this seminar at the ADI’s 33rd Conference and we wish to thank ADI for having us and everyone who had participated in our conversation. We hope to see all of you again at the next ADI conference in 2019!