Dementia in the workplace: a review

Louise Ritchie, Pauline Banks, Michael Danson, Debbie Tolson, Fiona Borrowman

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Recent changes affecting state pension age, and earlier diagnosis, will result in more people with dementia in employment. The purpose of this paper is to establish the nature of support that would enable/enables people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment to continue employment post diagnosis. 
Design/methodology/approachAn integrative review was carried out supported by information derived from a thematic analysis of data from interviews with seven relatives supporting a younger person with dementia and one person with dementia. 
FindingsSix papers were identified for inclusion in the review. Findings from the published papers and interviews indicated that work is a significant issue for people with dementia highlighting problems with job retention, work performance and the impact of diagnosis. 
Research limitations/implicationsThe review highlighted a dearth of high-quality research in the area. Although employment was not the main focus of the interviews, the extracts highlight some of the challenges that face people who develop dementia while of working age, their families, and employers. 
Practical implicationsVocational rehabilitation is primarily carried out by allied health professionals; however, there is a lack of research evidence relating to people with dementia in the workplace. Further research is needed in order to inform future practice. 
Social implicationsLoss of employment deprives families of financial security and employers of a skilled employee. 
Originality/valueThis is the first review to focus on dementia in employment, providing a starting point on which to base future research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-34
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Employment
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Vocation
  • Vocational rehabilitation


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