Occupational Medicine (a scientific journal) recently published a study into the management of employees who suffer with early on set dementia. The disease currently affects around 42000 people under the age of 65 in the UK alone. The research specifically focused on those who are diagnosed between the age of 30 and 65 and has uncovered a widespread issue of poor case management and lack of support towards those with the disease.
For many workers, no reasonable adjustments were made to their roles to accommodate their needs. The research also revealed a lack of support and understanding from co-workers.
The Alzheimer’s society is encouraging employers to reaffirm employees’ rights through discussing long-term plans and helping to break down the stigma associated with dementia.