The University of Stirling honored by the royal visit of the King and Queen of Sweden
The King and Queen of Sweden paid a royal visit to the University of Stirling on Monday to learn more about its cutting-edge dementia research.
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and His Majesty Queen Silvia were greeted by Alan Simpson OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, and the principal and vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, before meeting researchers based at the Dementia Services Development Center at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
During a tour of the centre’s dementia-friendly demonstration suites – a permanent display of rooms and equipment tailored to meet the special needs of people with dementia – the group learned about the history of the unique research facility.
The royal family is already interested in dementia, with Queen Silvia having founded the Silviahemmet charitable foundation, which provides training programs and care for people with dementia and their families.
Silviahemmet is also supporting a major research project, led by Professor Alison Bowes in Stirling, to develop housing innovations that can better help people living with cognitive impairments, such as dementia, stay at home longer.
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The project, Designing Homes for Healthy Cognitive Aging (DesHCA), is funded by ESRC as part of the Healthy Aging Challenge Program and brings together leading Scottish experts on dementia and dementia design, the construction industry, architects, housing providers and people with dementia. and their families, to create future-proof housing designs that will meet the needs of the aging global population.
Professor Sir Gerry McCormac said: “We were delighted to welcome Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden to the University campus today. It was an important opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge, transformative and life-changing research carried out by the University and to recognize the King and Queen’s support for this work.
Professor Alison Bowes, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Principal Investigator of the DesHCA Project, said: “It is an honor to welcome the King and Queen today and to demonstrate the breadth and importance of research conducted here.
“Dementia is a disease that affects everyone. About 10 million new cases are diagnosed each year, and with aging populations around the world, there is a growing demand for new care technologies, new housing models and innovations to help people stay more independent. long time.
“Collaborations such as our project with Silviahemmet and our other partners, bring together research, industry and practice, to ensure that these solutions are delivered and make a difference to people around the world. “