Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: A Call for Establishing a Public Policy for Mitigating the Effects of Dementia on Modern Workplaces
Issue: Vol. 11, No 1, 2018
Published date: 30-03-2018 (print) / 30-03-2018 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Yoram Braw
Ariel University

Erez Cohen
Ariel University

Yael Brender-Ilan
Ariel University

Idit Sohlberg
Ariel University
Keywords: Longevity, Dementia, Employment, Work, Labor, Public Policy
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2018/11-1/11
Index PUBMS: c4953436-8697-11e8-911b-901b0efa6e97
Language: English
Pages: 172-188 (17)
JEL classification: I18, J08, J18

The rise in life expectancy leads to a steady increase in the number employees with neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., dementia) and progressively declining vocational functioning. In the current paper, we describe these changes at the labor market and the challenges they entail. We point towards the key issues that should be taken into consideration when establishing policies for the aging labor market. These include implementing procedures for the early diagnosis of employees with dementias, educating employers regarding dementia and assisting employees already diagnosed with this and other disorders. These solutions will benefit both employees and the workplace overall, as well as decrease misconceptions about aging and dementia. These solutions are thereby to transform the work environment to be more responsive to the needs of employees with declining vocational functioning.


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