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| Employee with dementia | Where to start | Approaching your employer | Legal rights and employer obligations| Asking for accommodations | Informing coworkers |
You don’t have to tell co-workers you have dementia. You may be worried about how people will treat you once they know. It’s a valid concern.
However, if you don’t tell co-workers, they may draw conclusions about why your behavior or job performance is “off,” such as:
For these reasons, you may decide to tell co-workers about your diagnosis. There are advantages; disclosing your condition allows you to:
Co-workers can be a great support for a person with dementia. They can provide an understanding ear and encouragement.
It’s best to let your employer know first. She might help address coworkers’ concerns about how changes to your job responsibilities will affect them. Before telling coworkers:
Some coworkers may treat you differently after learning you have dementia. This is beyond your control. If it becomes an obstruction at work, your employer or your local Alzheimer Society can help.
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