ACCESS Health International's regional office in Sweden was opened in January 2012. ACCESS saw the opportunity of creating a unique position in linking Sweden to the Southeast Asian, Indian and American healthcare markets by establishing a presence and operations in Sweden in order to foster knowledge exchange between countries and across organizations. Policymakers worldwide have considered Sweden a role model in healthcare, education and social welfare provision, but the system is facing challenges as healthcare costs are soaring and the country's demography is changing. Our main focus area for the Swedish office is elderly and chronic care.
ACCESS Sweden during Swedish-American Life Science Summit 2012
Modern Aging – a program for young entrepreneurs with ideas for elderly
The Swedish population is growing older every year and by 2020 it is estimated that 20% of the population will be over 65 years of age. The Swedish society needs to adapt to these demographic changes and be ready to care for this growing group of elderly, which differs from previous generations in terms of needs, expectations and desires. This environment is the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs with an interest in the sector to come forward with new ideas and concepts. To support innovation in elderly care, ACCESS Health has been granted financial support from the Postcode Foundation to run a program called Modern Aging. Modern Aging is a 4-month educational program for 20 young entrepreneurs with an idea that has the potential to significantly increase quality of life for elderly. The program will run from August to November 2013 and the recruitment of entrepreneurs is taking place between February and April 2013. The goals of the program is twofold; both to bring new innovation for elderly to the market as well as inspiring the younger generation to get involved in elderly care by highlighting the opportunities in the sector. Read more about the program on the Modern Aging website
Find more information about ACCESS Sweden’s activities in the left column.