In The News: Sweden’s Queen, IKEA & Skanska Help Individuals With Dementia

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In The News: Sweden’s Queen, IKEA & Skanska Help Individuals With Dementia

You may not have thought to put the Queen, IKEA and Skanksa together, but thanks to some charitable partnerships that hit close to home for these organizations, the Swedish trio is looking to make more sustainable, more affordable homes accessible to individuals with dementia.

Due to high costs for caring for an aging population, bringing modified floor plans and living spaces directly to people is more efficient than institutionalizing them. The modifications that help serve people with dementia include removing mirrors, not using dark colored floor materials and retrofitting digital components to things like appliances with more analog options. CNN has all the details.

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Swedish firm becomes Europe’s rising star

Online payments company Klarna has reached a valuation of $5.5 billion, making it Europe’s largest private fintech company, according to CNBC. CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski says an IPO could be on the horizon.

Even the pros need a break

According to the Golf Channel, Swedish pro Henrik Stenson is skipping playoffs to head back to Sweden, recharge and play in the Scandinavian Invitation later this month. We don’t blame you, Stenson.

Swedish murder mystery lives on

United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold died way back in 1961 in a plane crash that is shrouded in mystery. One theory is that South African or Belgian mercenaries caused the plane to crash. The New York Times has the full story.

Saving the fluffy story for last

Because we can all use a feel-good story, we loved this one from KIRO 7 in Seattle. Swedish Hospital, which was founded by Swedish immigrant Dr. Nils Johanson, has hired its first canine employee, Jared. Jared will work in the Spiritual Care department with two hospital chaplains.

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