One Third Of Business Owners Ignore Employees Suffering From Dementia

Normally associated with old age, there are currently more than 40,000 people under 65 suffering from the condition in the UK

One Third Of Business Owners Ignore Employees Suffering From Dementia

One in three UK employees claim their employer fails to offer any additional help or support for dementia sufferers, according to a report by PMI Health Group.

Their study, of workers who have worked alongside dementia suffers, revealed that over half received no formal education or training on the condition from their employer

The number of people developing dementia is increasing year-on-year, with the Alzheimer’s Society predicting there will be 150,000 diagnosed with the condition by 2025.

Although normally associated with old age, more than 40,000 people in the UK under 65 are currently suffering from the condition.

Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group, said:

“Employees can be affected as both sufferers and carers but companies can make a difference by introducing clear policies on how they can provide support and improve staff awareness.

“By establishing an inclusive, dementia-friendly, working environment, companies can give carers and employees with dementia the opportunity to continue playing an active and important role in the workplace.

“Furthermore, those diagnosed with the condition would be more likely to report it to their employer and seek support.

“Measures can include early intervention from occupational health professionals and the inclusion of information about dementia, and local support services, in staff newsletters and noticeboards.”

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