Employers need to do more to for dementia suffers as a third of organisations fail to do so

Dementia

One in three British workers (33%) say their employer fails to offer any additional help or support for dementia sufferers. The study commissioned by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson found that 7% of employees said they either have, or work alongside someone who suffers from, dementia.

To add to this, more than half (54%) of these workers said they received no education or training on the condition from their employer. Furthermore, the Alzheimer’s Society believe there will 150,000 more people with dementia by 2025.

Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group said: “The number of people developing dementia is increasing year-on-year and although it is commonly associated with old age, there are currently more than 40,000 people in the UK under 65 suffering from the condition.

“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 to help can include early intervention from occupational health professionals and information and guidance about dementia, and local support services, in staff newsletters and in communal areas.