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Accommodating Employees with Early Onset Dementia

Written by: Bayshore HomeHealth

While much less prevalent in adults younger than 65, dementia can strike people in their prime working years. Early onset dementia, also known as young onset dementia, can impact people in their 30s, 40s and 50s and accounts for an estimated 2% to 8% of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

People often worry that memory lapses such as forgetting where you parked your car, the name of an acquaintance or what you were looking for after you entered that room are signs of early dementia, but they are actually a normal part of aging. However, when memory issues start to affect our ability to focus and complete daily tasks, it may be time to see your doctor.

As an employer or manager, if you have concerns about an employee’s performance or if an employee advises you that he or she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, there are steps you can take to help the individual continue to work and contribute to your business or organization as long as possible.

This will not only benefit your employee and help you retain an experienced worker, it is also a requirement under human rights laws in Canada unless it would cause “undue hardship” to your business. Canada’s Constitution guarantees equality before the law, and provincial and territorial human rights laws prohibit discrimination in employment.

Signs an employee may have early onset dementia 

What to do if you notice changes in your employee’s performance

If you notice that an employee who has been a consistently strong performer is exhibiting any of the signs above, here are some steps you can take:

What to do if an employee advises you he/she has early onset dementia

Contact Bayshore HealthCare for expert advice

Bayshore’s Therapy and Rehab Service  can work with you to help accommodate an employee with early onset dementia. These services can be provided in home and in workplace settings. We specialize in disability management programs, vocational assessments and physician support, functional abilities evaluations, job demands analyses, occupational therapy and other workplace services to keep employees safe and productive.

Contact us Toll Free at 1-844-203-4534 or email

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