How can you make your workplace dementia friendly?
Think about your typical day in the office: would you know if a client or customer had Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? If you recognized the signs would you know what you could do to make their experience as positive as possible?
More than 70,000 people in British Columbia are living with dementia. Many people with dementia will continue to be active and independent for a long time after they start experiencing signs of dementia. As a result, many British Columbians will work with people who have dementia on a regular basis. In an effort to create communities that are as inclusive and supportive as possible the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is working with professional groups through our Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative. Learn more.
The Society is particularly excited to announce that we have just released the first of three guides in a series of resources that are tailored to specific professional audiences. These materials have been developed with the help of expert committees. Download a copy of the resource that’s right for you:
- Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for legal professionals
- Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for financial professionals
- Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for housing professionals
Organizations and professionals who are well informed about dementia can reduce the stigma, embarrassment and frustration that people with dementia can feel when they are out in their communities. People who work for a dementia-friendly business or organization know that:
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory. It can affect abstract thinking, communicating and doing everyday activities.
- There are signs to look for that might indicate that someone has dementia and there are strategies that can help you communicate as effectively as possible.
- A person with dementia doesn’t necessarily “look a certain way.” In fact, in B.C. 10,000 people with dementia are under the age of 65.
- It is possible to live well with dementia. Many people with dementia will continue to remain active in their communities for quite some time after they start to experience signs of dementia. Many people with dementia will continue to do their own banking, shopping or manage their own prescriptions, for example.
- Recognizing that there is more to a person than their dementia is the most important part of being dementia friendly.
Is your organization interested in becoming dementia friendly? Contact us at [email protected]org.