A call for establishing a public policy for mitigating the effects of dementia on modern workplaces

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Abstract

The rise in life expectancy leads to a steady increase in the number employees with neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., dementia) and progressively declining vocational functioning. In the current paper, we describe these changes at the labor market and the challenges they entail. We point towards the key issues that should be taken into consideration when establishing policies for the aging labor market. These include implementing procedures for the early diagnosis of employees with dementias, educating employers regarding dementia and assisting employees already diagnosed with this and other disorders. These solutions will benefit both employees and the workplace overall, as well as decrease misconceptions about aging and dementia. These solutions are thereby to transform the work environment to be more responsive to the needs of employees with declining vocational functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages16
JournalEconomics and Sociology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Employment
  • Labor
  • Longevity
  • Public policy
  • Work

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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