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Population:

9.7 million

Area:

173,860 square miles

Capital City:

Stockholm
Nearly a quarter of the population of Sweden will be 65 years or older by 2050.

Aging well is a global priority. Sweden, like many other countries, confronts significant challenges due to population aging. Estimates suggest that nearly a quarter of the population of Sweden will be sixty five years or older by 2050. Longer life expectancies and steady retirement ages are boosting the support ratio, creating a need for new ways to provide and pay for high quality long term care.

Sweden is taking clear action to respond to the needs of its older citizens. ACCESS Health Sweden partners with innovative thinkers in both the public and private sectors to focus attention and resources on developing new and better ways to provide care for the elderly population. Sweden is a good place for these studies as the country was recently ranked number one in a global index based on income, health, employment and education, and enabling environment for aging adults.

Focus Areas

Healthcare Delivery Systems

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ACCESS Health works to improve healthcare delivery systems for the elderly in Sweden. Our studies focus on remote monitoring that seniors and healthcare providers use to improve the quality of elder care. We study the integration of patient record systems regionally and nationally, including data exchange systems that cover municipal care organizations, private providers, and emergency hospitals. We focus on innovative elder care models, such as mobile emergency teams and mobile doctors. Healthcare in Sweden is undergoing a shift from traditional geriatric clinics in large regional hospitals to local community wards for seniors. We also study the role of national quality registries in quality and process management and in ensuring access to care of equal quality across Sweden.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Elder Care Case Studies

    Elder Care Case Studies

    ACCESS Health studies the Swedish elder care system from different angles. Our team interviews regional directors of healthcare, national and local politicians, policy experts, doctors, nurses, assistant nurses, and a range of other healthcare professionals in an effort to identify areas for improvement and strengths of the Swedish elder care system.

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Business Engagement

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ACCESS Health Sweden initiated the Modern Aging program designed to encourage entrepreneurs to create business for the elderly. Modern Aging Sweden inspired similar Modern Aging programs in Singapore and China. ACCESS Health Sweden also evaluates the cost effectiveness of healthcare solutions for the elderly.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Modern Aging

    Modern Aging

    Modern Aging is an initiative of ACCESS Health International that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly. The Modern Aging educational programs provide insights into the medical and social needs of the elderly, offer examples of successful businesses, mentor participants, and provide limited…

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Program Areas

Elder and Long Term Care

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ACCESS Health Sweden analyzes how specific programs and policies improve and modernize care for older adults. Because we are locally based, ACCESS Health Sweden is able to participate in the response to the aging population in the country and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the elderly care strategies of the country. We use this knowledge to discuss challenges and opportunities with Swedish national and local leaders and to inspire and guide other countries as they seek to improve care for their own people.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Elder Care Case Studies

    Elder Care Case Studies

    ACCESS Health studies the Swedish elder care system from different angles. Our team interviews regional directors of healthcare, national and local politicians, policy experts, doctors, nurses, assistant nurses, and a range of other healthcare professionals in an effort to identify areas for improvement and strengths of the Swedish elder care system.

  • Experience Design for the Elderly

    Experience Design for the Elderly

    Experience Design for the Elderly worked with Swedish design students to develop tools and activities to create conversations around empathy, the healthcare system, and different viewpoints. We shared this knowledge with those interested or involved in the care of the elderly.

  • Modern Aging

    Modern Aging

    Modern Aging is an initiative of ACCESS Health International that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly. The Modern Aging educational programs provide insights into the medical and social needs of the elderly, offer examples of successful businesses, mentor participants, and provide limited…

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

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Healthcare Technology

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ACCESS Health Sweden studies eHealth technologies in Northern Europe. In this effort, we study the information infrastructure that underpins the healthcare systems. We study the design, history, context, and application of eHealth. eHealth is a term that encompasses a range of software applications in healthcare, such as patient record systems, prescription databases, and image exchanges. The ACCESS Health team has chosen to study the Estonian eHealth and eGovernance systems. Estonia has invested heavily since the early 1990s in building its eHealth infrastructure.

In Sweden, we study the Swedish eHealth system and the newly established eHealth Department, a new branch of the Swedish government. We also look at how regional healthcare systems apply national standards and implement eHealth services.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Elder Care Case Studies

    Elder Care Case Studies

    ACCESS Health studies the Swedish elder care system from different angles. Our team interviews regional directors of healthcare, national and local politicians, policy experts, doctors, nurses, assistant nurses, and a range of other healthcare professionals in an effort to identify areas for improvement and strengths of the Swedish elder care system.

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From the Blog

Open Elder Care Markets: An interview with Dr. Alfred Chan

Professor Alfred Chan Cheung Ming, better known as Dr. Alfred Chan, is chairman of the Elderly Commission of Hong Kong. Elder care is an important topic in Hong Kong - the elderly population is increasing by more than two percent annually. I spoke with Dr. Chan recently about the work he and the Elderly Commission are doing. In his interview, which you can read in full here, he describes the three largest challenges of elder care: an unsustainable financing model...

Overcoming Isolation Among the Elderly: An interview with Patrick Cheung

As part of its ongoing effort to identify global best practices in elder care, the ACCESS Health team in Sweden recently spoke to Hong Kong based entrepreneur Patrick Cheung about the Jade Club. Mr. Cheung founded the Jade Club to help elderly individuals stay active, through fun exercises and social events. In the interview, Mr. Cheung talks about how social isolation is a particular problem among elderly in Hong Kong and describes tha many ways that the Jade Club helps counter the effects of isolation. Read the full interview between Sofia Widen and Mr. Cheung

Hans Becker: Transforming Retirement Living in The Netherlands

The ACCESS Health team in Sweden has just published a new interview with Dr. Hans Becker, a man the Financial Times recently dubbed a “maverick” who is transforming retirement living.Dr. Becker has a unique philosophy when it comes to elder care: autonomy to the utmost degree. He has built more than fifteen Humanitas Apartments for Life housing complexes for the elderly in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In these complexes, staff are encouraged...
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Modern Aging: inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly.
We are no longer active in Sweden. Projects and resources are available in the archive.