Aging Workforce Means Dementia on the Job Could Rise

The Social Security Administration recently approved expedited benefits for people who have been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, which is defined as dementia occurring before age 65 (when Medicare kicks in). Roughly 10% of Alzheimer’s cases are early-onset.

Mary Sano, PhD, the director of the Alzheimer’s disease research center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, worries that the legitimate concerns about rising rates of dementia in the workplace could spill over to older workers who are still competent.

“The awareness of a progressive disease with likelihood of further deterioration would impact on the ability to continue in many types of jobs,” Sano says. “Raising the retirement age could increase the likely occurrence of the working population being at risk for the disease, but most problematic is the potential stigma that this risk may impose on an older worker.”

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