Research Output

Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland

  It is estimated that approximately 90,000 people across Scotland have dementia. Dementia is most common in people over 65 years but it can also affect working age people. As the statutory retirement age rises it is likely that more over 65s could still be working. Thus the potential impact of dementia on the workplace could be substantial.

To date, there has been little research on dementia in the workplace, especially from the point of view of employers. Under the law employers have to ensure that their employees are treated fairly regardless of age and disability. Employees are able to ask their employer to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help them continue working. However, research has shown that while many working age people with dementia are still in employment, they are often on sick leave and/or given early retirement or made redundant before, or at the point of, diagnosis. This is likely to have considerable implications in terms of their financial position and family relationships. Employers therefore need to be better prepared to support their employees with dementia.

This presentation explores how employers in Scotland support their employees with dementia. Drawing on ongoing mixed methods research, the presentation will examine whether employers are meeting their legal duties; policies employers have to support employees with dementia; and the attitudes of employers towards supporting employees with dementia.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    05 July 2017

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  • Funders:

    Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland


Egdell, V., Stavert, J., Ritchie, L., Tolson, D., Danson, M. & Cook, M. (2017, July). Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland. Paper presented at The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference, Swansea University



Dementia, employee support, employer response,

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