Sarah Pierce Wimberly (equity partner) of global employment law firm alliance Ius Laboris’ U.S. member firm FordHarrison LLP, with James Davies (partner) and Pia Sanchez (associate) of UK member firm Lewis Silkin, analyse the growing need to address dementia in the workplace.
The growing occurrence of dementia is morphing from a health care issue into a workplace challenge. Roughly 19 million Americans have a family member who suffers from dementia. While an estimated 5 million Americans currently suffer from dementia, that number is expected to increase to at least 14 million by 2040. Similarly, currently there are around 800,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, and that number is likely to double by 2040.