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Working with Dementia: Helping Employees with Cognitive Disabilities

The Conference Board of Canada, September 23, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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According to a 2010 report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, more than 500,000 Canadians aged 65 and over have dementia. As startling as this is, the number is expected to increase to more than one million over the next 25 years. Fortunately, dementia can now be diagnosed earlier, even years before symptoms of the disease start to appear. At the same time, new medications can slow down the onset of symptoms.

These findings are of particular concern at a time when older workers are the fasting growing segment of the labour market. Employers will need to prepare for more workers being at risk, being diagnosed, and staying on the job while living with dementia. So how can employers develop a more supportive work environment for people with cognitive disabilities and manage the transition from work in a dignified manner?

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Webinar Highlights

Join us for this 60 minute session, as David Harvey, Chief Public Policy and Program Initiatives Officer at the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, shares his insights on how employers can create a supportive work environment for employees living with dementia. In particular, he will discuss:

  • Best practices for accommodating an employee with dementia
  • Effective strategies for engaging, retaining and transitioning workers with dementia
  • Supportive programs and practices for caregivers of individuals with dementia
  • Community resources that can be useful

About David

As Chief Public Policy and Program Initiatives Officer, David Harvey leads the Alzheimer Society of Ontario in influencing public policy change to secure improved and targeted care for people living with dementia and their families. David is instrumental in building strategic partnerships with key decision makers and health groups to address the concerns of people with dementia, improve their quality of life and accelerate the search for better treatments and a cure. David’s work also focuses on increasing the knowledge and capacity of the health-care workforce to meet the needs of those affected by the disease. As well, David oversees program development in collaboration with health and community partners and especially with local Alzheimer Societies in Ontario resulting in successful programs like First Link® — a program that quickly connects newly diagnosed people and their families to local dementia services, health providers and to each other.

Currently, David is working on several initiatives promoting dementia prevention and healthy aging. David also co-chairs the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE) that serves the broad dementia community in Ontario and is a member of the Steering Committee of its national counterpart, the Canadian Dementia Research and Knowledge Exchange (CDRAKE).

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