Dealing with dementia at work

With aging workforce, employers should better understand impact of disease
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/25/2019

About four years back, Keith Barrett had a stroke-like event that led him to Ottawa Hospital. And with the subsequent testing, Barrett was diagnosed with young-onset dementia, probable Alzheimer’s — at the age of 57.

As co-owner of Partners in Parenting in Ottawa, a social welfare company, Barrett deals with HR policies, bookkeeping and facility maintenance. And he still works there today, despite the disease.

He’s lucky because his work is largely repetitious, he said.