Dementia is the degeneration of the brain that causes the gradual decrease in the individual’s ability to remember, communicate, reason and think. Early Onset Dementia is considered when it affects those under 65 years old. Sometimes personality, mood and behaviours can be affected. Everyone’s experience of Early Onset Dementia is different, and the progression of the condition differs from one person to the next.
Many people can continue to work and are able to do so for many years after their diagnosis. Continuing with work has many benefits. It can help to maintain self-esteem, social connectedness and to help keep the brain active as well as providing an income. It is important to know what support is available for any colleague or employee that may receive a diagnosis of Early Onset Dementia.
Take a look at the following resources: Young Dementia, Dementia UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Access to Work Scheme , The Equality Act 2010 and NHS.
Consider resources for financial and legal support. As a manager, leader or supporter of others familiarise yourself with what is available such as Citizens Advice, Money Advice Service or government schemes such as ‘Access to Work’ for funding that gives them extra support in work.
Think internal resources. Your peer support group, your own line manager, HR, OH and EAP.
• Consider your duty of care to individuals with a diagnosis of Early Onset Dementia who protected by The Equality Act 2010 whilst at work.
• Be confident in your knowledge around Early Onset Dementia and what it means in the workplace.
• Work together as a workforce to make it a comfortable experience for everyone.
Young Dementia UK. (2020) About Young Onset Dementia. Retrieved here https://www.youngdementiauk.org/about-young-onset-dementia-0
Young Dementia UK (2020) Working & Volunteering. Retrieved here https://www.youngdementiauk.org/working-volunteering
Alzheimers Society (2020) Working & Dementia: How to tell your employer. Retrieved here https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/work-dementia-how-tell-employer-diagnosis
Alzheimers Society (2020) Find groups in your area. Retrieved here https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/find-support-near-you