Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Åsa Regnér (the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality in Sweden), Surya Kolluri (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), George Vradenburg (Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s) and Professor Miia Kivipelto (Karolinska Institutet) are few of the many voices being heard at Dementia Forum X, a global forum that will take place for the 2nd time, on the 18th of May 2017 in Stockholm.

47 million people around the world currently suffer from dementia and by 2050 this number is estimated to rise to over 131 million people. Dementia is a general term used to describe physical changes in the brain that severely affects memory and other mental abilities. Dementia does not only affect the patients, their families and caregivers, but it also has a massive economic effect. The estimated global cost of dementia is $818 billion US dollars, a figure that increases every day.

Dementia Forum X aims to bring together international stakeholders as a global initiative against dementia. A hundred of the world´s leading policy-makers, researchers, business executives, and other stakeholders have been selected to participate at Dementia Forum X. This includes ministers, ambassadors, scientists, CEOs, financiers and other individuals who have the power to make a difference on a global level.

During the day, participants will take part in open and globally comprehensive discussions, and also follow up on the conclusions and initiatives from the 1st Dementia Forum X 2015 to jointly target unmet needs related to dementia disease on a global level. Afternoon sessions will be held (13:00) with the purpose of identifying current successes, collaborations and other recent developments in the dementia field.

Peter Allebeck– Sweden has good research within the ageing field and Forte is contributing to several strong research environments. It is however important to link it to the development work being done, for example in terms of technology and housing support. It has great value that leading policy-makers get the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas from different businesses and research areas, says Peter Allebeck, Forte’s representative in Dementia Forum X.

Dementia Forum X is organised by Forum for Elderly Care, in collaboration with Forte, Karolinska Institutet, Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, Svenskt Demenscentrum and Swedish Care International. Other Dementia Forum X partners include: AARP, Aleris, Alzheimerfonden, BoKlok, Cambio Healthcare Systems, Dr Åke Olssons Stiftelse, Eli Lilly, Getinge Group, Home Instead Senior Care, Northern Horizon, Otsuka, Roche, Skandia and Öhman.