Learn about dementia in the workplace, and what it means for you.
Our website will help Alberta employees and employers find answers to questions about dementia, how it impacts employment, and how to navigate each unique situation with hope, compassion, and clarity.
I AM AN EMPLOYEE
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, mood changes, and problems with communicating and reasoning. Only a doctor can provide a dementia diagnosis. Please consult a doctor if you or someone you care about is experiencing one or more warning signs of dementia.
Speak to a doctor if you are concerned that you may be experiencing signs of dementia. A diagnosis will provide a legal foundation for how you are treated at work and facilitate access to any available employer and/or community-based programs, services, and support.
Your employer can be your ally to help you manage any struggles at work, stay in the workplace, or make your transition out of the workplace a positive experience. Knowing what to share with your employer can help make the interactions positive experiences.
If you or someone you care about is diagnosed with dementia, there will be many factors that influence whether you can or want to stay in your workplace or the overall workforce. It will be important to determine what works best for you, the people in your life, and your employer, including your ability to work, your employer’s ability to provide workplace accommodations, and your personal and financial goals.
Choosing to share your dementia experience with your co-workers is a personal choice. There can be benefits to it, as well as the possibility of having to manage stigma. Knowing how to engage co-workers, take steps to combat stigma, and encourage your colleagues and employer to foster a dementia-inclusive culture can support positive experiences at work.
I am an Employer
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, mood changes, and problems with communicating and reasoning. If you are concerned that an employee in your organization is showing signs of dementia, it is important that an appropriate member of your team, such as a supervisor or the individual responsible for employment matters, speak with them and encourage them to consult a doctor.
Employees living with dementia and providing care to someone with dementia will benefit from a supportive employer. Following best practice guidelines can help you and your employees navigate the workplace or a transition out of the workplace together.
A dementia-inclusive employer takes deliberate steps to ready your organization and employees to support and include people impacted by dementia. It starts with understanding dementia, and can include action to build awareness, adopt policy, model behaviours, and share information about programs, services, and support.
Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to people impacted by dementia being treated with dignity and respect. As an employer it is important that you understand how stigma can affect people impacted by dementia, and steps that you can take to reduce and eliminate stigma in your work environment.
It took some courage and open conversations but it was worth it. Working with my director and employer, I was supported and accommodated in my job so I could continue to work after my dementia diagnosis.
ROGER MARPLE, former Supervisor –
Contract, Procurement, and Supply Management,
Alberta Health Services