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The dark side of wellbeing: Dementia
Thu 15 June 2017, 09:30 – 12:45 BST
One third of the UK workforce will be aged 50 or over by 2020 and 42 per cent of them will have at least one chronic health condition. A clear priority for employers is making sure that the growing proportion of older workers who have health problems are given the help they need to keep working.
The number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to over 1 million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2051 and there are currently over 40,000 people with dementia under the age of 65 in the UK. Up to 27 per cent of them continue to work after a diagnosis of dementia is confirmed.
Almost 90 per cent of employers believe that dementia will become a bigger issue for their organisation as the workforce ages, the retirement age rises and the number of people with dementia increases. This includes the growing number of employees caring for relatives with dementia. It is estimated, for example, that 21 per cent of these carers give up work or reduce hours at a cost to businesses in England of £1.6 billion.
Topics we will cover include:
- the scale of the dementia challenge;
- workplace adjustments for employees with dementia (case studies);
- how to support employees who are carers; and
- your legal obligations.
The programme for this event will be made available soon.
Lunch will be provided.
Who should attend?
HR professionals, Occupational Health specialists and line managers.
How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?
You will get an up to date picture of how organisations are managing dementia at work and come away with practical guidance on how your organisation can prepare your own response.
This event will be facilitated by Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies.
Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention, and 'good work'. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, having led a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion.
Stephen Bevan has written an essay on 'Dementia-friendly workplaces' as part of our Perspectives on HR 2017 series.
In this essay, Stephen reviews the current literature and thinking on dementia in the UK and notes the growing need for organsiations to put policies and practicies in place to create dementia-friendly workplaces.
HR Network member tickets (find out more):
Full member: Free
Associate member: £120 (+VAT)
Flex member: £150 (+VAT)
Non-member: £190 (+VAT)
Disclaimer: Please note that photography and videos may be taken at this event and these images may be used in promotional material by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). By attending, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on IES promotional materials. Please contact Gwen Leeming if you would prefer IES not to use your image for promotional materials.