The world is facing the demographic challenge of a rapidly aging population. In Sweden, the number of people in working age (aged 20-64) per elderly (80+) has decreased from 35 in 1970 to 12 in 2010 and is forecasted to reach 7 in 2040. This dependency ratio presents a grim picture of our future capability of caring for our elderly.

Having this striking development in mind, ACCESS Health International (www.accessh.org), a not for profit organization dedicated to improving access to high quality and affordable healthcare worldwide, has created a platform for knowledge transfer between countries that are undergoing similar challenges in terms of aging. Policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and the general public need a better understanding of efforts in other countries in order to prepare for the new demographic landscape in the best possible way.

ACCESS Health International’s work encompasses research, knowledge transfer and implementation support related to health finance, health service delivery and health technology. ACCESS’ partners include, among others, the World Bank, UNICEF, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National University of Singapore, Indian School of Business, Stockholm School of Economics, as well as several private corporations. The organization’s offices are located in India, Bangladesh, US, Singapore, the Philippines, Brazil and since the beginning of the year, also in Sweden. The Swedish activities are focused on elderly and chronic care. ACCESS identifies and documents innovation worldwide and works to transfer the knowledge about good practises. The organization is now looking for partners in Sweden in need of comparative analysis between Asian countries that have come a long way in the preparations for the aging populations and Sweden.

On the collaboration with Opticom, ACCESS Country Manager Stéphanie Treschow says that having trusted partners is crucial. “Given the Opticom team’s in-depth knowledge of the Medical and Healthcare market and global mind-set, they are an invaluable source of information and an excellent sounding board for ACCESS” she states.

One of ACCESS’ most recent initiatives is the Silverevolution platform, which aims at sharing innovation for the elderly and to stimulate awareness and engagement among all generations for the Silver population. The platform is an interdisciplinary effort by a team of dedicated bloggers based in Singapore, the Philippines, Sweden, India, USA, Russia and Australia. It covers all aspects of the aging population, including new innovations in healthcare, the economic effects of aging, and the organizations that are shaping this field. ACCESS strives to grow this to the world’s leading platform for innovation for the elderly. Read more and follow the blog here.

To read more about ACCESS visit www.accessh.org or watch Country Manager Stéphanie Treschow’s talk on the challenges and opportunities for digital tools in elderly care here.

ACCESS is looking for partners that want to get involved in shaping the future of elderly and chronic care through collaboration or sponsorship with ACCESS. Please contact Country Manager Stéphanie Treschow on stephanie.treschow@accessh.org.

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