An ageing workforce
For the final module of my MSc in Health and Wellbeing, i chose to study Alzheimer’s disease…why? because of personal experiences.
In short, i was very close to my grandma, but she slowly lost her mind to this disease, so much so that eventually she didn’t remember who i was which was heartbreaking – and then she passed away.
I went through a bout of depression after my father died, and i also experienced early symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
I now take a lot of supplements to fend it off.
So what is Alzheimer’s? Well, it is a progressive brain disorder which is irreversible and causes slow destruction of the memory – getting worse overtime.
It finally becomes bad enough to interfere with a person’s daily life, but most people are already in a care home at the age where it is at its worst – today some are still expected to work.
A survey was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (2012), which found that as people age Alzheimer’s was more dangerous and feared – even more so than diabetes, stroke and cancer.
Yet, we are warned less about it.
Studies claim that in 2050 the number of people in the USA with Alzheimer’s will increase to approx 14 million.
Are your workforce being looked after?