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Signs that an employee may have dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain disorders. Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning and changes in mood and behaviour. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with a person's ability to function at work, in relationships and in everyday activities.

An employee with dementia may:

  • Have difficulty with routine tasks
  • Repeatedly ask the same questions
  • Get lost or confused in familiar environments
  • Display poor or decreased judgement
  • Struggle to follow directions
  • Exhibit changes in mood, behaviour and personality
  • Have difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Display loss of initiative
Scenario: How would you respond?

Naresh is a long-standing employee. He has been uncharacteristically abrupt with customers and co-workers several times over the last couple of months. Normally very reliable, he has begun to miss important deadlines. The quality of his work has begun to slip.

There may be a number of underlying reasons for this change in behaviour. One possibility is dementia.


Last Updated: 11/08/2017