‘Brain health’ workshops in B.C. aim to boost awareness of dementia

Disorder to have greater impact at work with aging workforce, caregivers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Many people think the first sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s is significant memory loss or that it’s a disease exclusive to the elderly. But that’s not necessarily the case — which is one of the reasons why the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. has begun offering workshops aimed at increasing understanding of the disease and encouraging “good brain health” in the workplace.

“We’re needing to really raise the awareness,” said Jean Blake, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. in Vancouver.

There are employees who aren’t diagnosed and have to quit their jobs because they can’t cope or people who are fired because of their increasing decline in cognitive ability, she said.