In the workplace
As the population ages, more people will develop Alzheimer's
Early detection of the disease allows time for planning and ultimately benefits everyone involved. Learn what you can do with this comprehensive set of materials developed by the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.
Why retain an employee with young onset dementia?
Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of young onset dementia, is considered a disability and is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therefore, as a covered condition the employer has an obligation to conduct an interview with the employee to discuss any reasonable accommodations the employer may be able to make so that the employee can keep his or her position.
Retaining an employee with young onset dementia can be beneficial to the employer as well as the employee. Employees with young onset dementia can remain as valuable, experienced and beneficial employees. Often in the early stages of the disease process the person with young onset dementia is high functioning and retains sufficient skills and abilities garnered from years of employment experience. Typically young onset dementia in the early stage affects recent memories far more than memories from the past. While the employee may have difficulty remembering new things or may need memory aids to track time and tasks, the ability to reason and make good decisions often does not decline in the early stages of the disease process.
In many cases, assistive technology (AT) can maintain or improve an employee’s success on the job, so that the employee can remain a valuable asset.
Non-technological aids can be helpful in assisting an employee with young onset dementia in his or her employment. In this guide learn some ideas on what types of supports are available and have been utilized effectively by employees with young onset dementia.
Learn about dementia, how it affects the employee and what you can do to help.
For employees with a dementia diagnosis
If you are an employee diagnosed with dementia in your prime earning years, there are many issues to consider when planning for the future. Now is the time to ask yourself, how does my dementia affect my work? How will my dementia affect my work as my disease progresses? What can I do to plan for the future? What changes will I need to make in the future?
In some cases the symptoms of the disease may interfere with your ability to work causing you to leave work before retirement age. This guide will provide information on applying for Social Security Disability Insurance.