Making employment decisions

If you are diagnosed with dementia, concerned you may have dementia, or caring for someone with dementia, you may be worried about how this will affect you and your job. We will help you access information to explore your options and make informed decisions.


Making employment decisions

Some people diagnosed with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia find it good for their physical and mental health or necessary for their quality of life to work as long as possible. Other people want to leave the workforce to focus on quality of life. Others yet stay in the workforce for a set period of time to support succession planning for their current role and/or give themselves an opportunity to plan their exit. Regardless of your circumstance, it is important to understand the options available to you before you make a decision.

What to consider

If you are diagnosed with dementia, you will want to talk to your doctor to understand whether you have the option to continue working. In some circumstances, your doctor will assess your health and advise you to leave your role or the workforce.

If you do have the option to continue working – either as someone diagnosed with dementia or a care partner to someone living with dementia, you will want to think about:

  • Your personal goals and financial obligations, and whether your employment is critical to achieving them.
  • The type of programs and services, such as health and wellness benefits and/or retirement and financial planning, available through your workplace, and what will continue to be available to you once you leave the workplace.
  • The level of joy and enrichment working provides you.
  • The type of relationship that you have with your employer, and how much support you anticipate in the workplace.
  • The circumstances where you will need to or will choose to leave your role or the workforce.
  • Other types of work opportunities you might pursue that may be a better fit to help you meet your goals.

Guidance on decision-making

Your rights as an employee diagnosed with dementia

Before you make a decision about whether or not to stay in or leave your workplace or the workforce, it is very important that you know your rights as an employee. Read more >

Your rights as a care partner

If you are a care partner to someone living with dementia, you may find it challenging to balance your care duties with your employment duties. Read more >

Your responsibilities as an employee

While Alberta’s Human Rights Act and employment standards establishes obligations for employers, you also have responsibilities as an employee. Read more >

Before you leave your workplace

If you are thinking about leaving your workplace or the workforce all together, be sure that you have given your decision appropriate thought. Read more >