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| Employee with dementia | Where to start | Approaching your employer | Legal rights and employer obligations| Asking for accommodations | Informing coworkers

What should you do?

If you have been diagnosed with dementia and you’re still working, you may be concerned about letting your employer know you have the disease.

A person with dementia may exhibit one or more of these signs:

  • Difficulty with routine tasks
  • Repeatedly asking the same questions
  • Getting lost or confused in familiar environments
  • Displaying poor or decreased judgement
  • Unable to follow directions
  • Showing changes in mood, behaviour and personality
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Displaying loss of initiative

You may have noticed some of these signs in yourself. You may also find that you feel:

  • Embarrassed by how forgetful you’ve become
  • Frustrated that routine tasks take twice as long yet require your full attention
  • Distracted by the hustle and bustle around the office
  • Exhausted and irritable at the end of most days
  • Fearful about finances if you are forced to leave work
  • Overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do


Last Updated: 08/06/14
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