Queen Silvia of Sweden awarded for becoming Global Ambassador

3 April 2019 – ADI's Chief Executive Paola Barbarino presented Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden with an award for becoming ADI’s Global Ambassador at the Jubilee event for the Queen Silvia Nursing Award at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany founded in 2013 as a gift to to support innovations in elderly care. It was gifted to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in 2013, and requires that the idea improves the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.

The ceremony took place four months after it was announced that Queen Silvia would become an Honorary Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in recognition of her personal commitment to work surrounding elderly and end of life care, and specifically dementia - in large part through the Queen Silvia Nursing Award scheme. She was also responsible for initiating a dementia care training programme for hospital personnel in Sweden by the foundation Stiftelsen Silviahemmet.

Paola delivered the key note lecture at the event, stating: “There are countries in the world that say there is no problem regarding dementia. We hope to reach out to these countries and let the people speak to combine results, which help understand advocacy and outreach for those impacted by dementia. We need more voices and dementia to be taken seriously. Help us raise awareness. Let us advocate more loudly. Everyone is an ambassador for the dementia movement.”

Above: Paola Barbarino, ADI's CEO awarding Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden for becoming a Global Ambassador. Official photograph by Yanan Li.

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Former President of Costa Rica and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain are also Honorary Ambassadors of ADI.

The support of Global Ambassadors is important to ensure that collaborative, global action is taken to achieve the targets of the WHO’s global action plan on the public health response to dementia, and to support the global transformation of awareness for people living with dementia and their care partners everywhere.

ADI has a strategic partnership with Swedish Care International and a long-standing collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet.

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