The Aging Workforce – Balancing the demands of work and caregiving for those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Currently 1 in 10, age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s/Dementia. By the year 2050, this number will increase to 1 in 3. In Washington State alone, 110,000 people are currently diagnosed with the disease and this number is expected to increase to 140,000 people by 2025. This represents an increase of more than 27%. The impacts of this disease touch more than just those who are diagnosed.
Approximately 2/3’s of care givers are under the age of 65 and for the majority of these care givers, the reach of this disease extends beyond their personal lives with 75 percent reporting that they were employed wile fulfilling care responsibilities.
Based on these numbers, it’s likely that you have, or will have, employees who are balancing he demands of work and care giving. And given the prevalence and trajectory of Alzheimer’s – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States – Everyone can benefit from learning more about the disease, its warning signs and the and the importance of early detection.
- Learn the tools to recognize and respond to memory concerns in the workplace.
- Gain understanding on the mental health impact to those affected by and/or caregiving for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementias in the workplace.
- Learn about resources to support employees serving as caregivers.
Hazel Borden, MBA, Alzheimer’s Association of Washington State, has a background in marketing and communications, and joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014. Having previously owned a magazine for women and being a caregiver herself, she found a passion for non-profits, and is currently serves as the organizations Snohomish County Community Outreach Coordinator. Having two grandmothers who battled dementia, and a child with multiple medical needs, it has become her mission to empower others with knowledge of programs and services available in our communities. Helping break the stigma on Alzheimer’s means embracing the disease and Hazel currently travels across Snohomish County presenting multiple educational pieces on Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body; Research Based Evidence, The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Know the 10 Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease.
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