Current legislation supports the work of people diagnosed with dementia
In Finland, the country’s existing labour legislation offers several tools, e.g., for prolonging the careers of people with dementia. For instance, it is possible to make adjustments to the job description and work assignments, and to offer tools that support the employee’s coping.
“However, it is important to remember that all forms of dementia are different and have a different pace of progressing. In addition, the size of the company and the role the person is working in also affect the employer's possibilities to make adjustments to the job description. Other employees and occupational safety, as well as the safety of customers, also need to be taken into consideration,” Associate Professor Marjo Ylhäinen says.
Small business owners and so-called light entrepreneurs also constitute a specific group from the viewpoint of legislation.
“Their position is difficult because they have to make the required adjustments to their own work independently. This can be tricky if our service systems don’t support it.”
In other words, legislation provides tools for prolonging careers, but workplaces aren’t necessarily aware of these.
“Awareness of dementia should be increased, and the related stigma reduced. Dementia is not the end of the world and it should be seen as any other disease.”