Dementia Awareness Training
for Employers and Their Employees

Members Cooperative Credit Union
Members Cooperative Credit Union
North Shore Bank of Commerce
North Shore Bank of Commerce
Lakeside Dental
Lakeside Dental

Education

Provide awareness of dementia in the business community.

Communication

Learn to communicate to customers with the disease.

Support

Be able to provide support for those employees that are also caregivers.

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Become a Dementia Friendly Business

Age Well Arrowhead is committed to increasing awareness of this disease in our business community. Through a grant from Minnesota Board on Aging, training to employers and their employees is available to increase awareness and support working caregivers.  Being a dementia friendly business shows your employees and your customers that you support them and your community and are willing to take the necessary steps to create an environment that is safe, respectful, and welcoming for people living with various types of the disease and caregivers.

Support your working caregivers.

According to ACT on Alzheimer’s, approximately 89,000 Minnesotans age 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s. It’s projected that Alzheimer’s cases will double by 2050. These numbers represent family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, clients, and customers. The National Alliance on Caregiving reports 60% of caregivers are employed and many suffer from the stress, have to rearrange work schedules, decrease their hours, or report late and leave early as a result of their caregiver responsibilities.

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Dementia Training for Businesses

This training is important. You will learn to:

  • Conduct training sessions for businesses/employers.
  • Provide individualized support and assistance to working caregivers within the organization.
  • Provide information on services available to support caregivers and persons with dementia.
  • Develop and facilitate caregiver support programs for working caregivers such as coaching, resources, or flexible scheduling to allow them to take care of their loved one.

The Dementia Friendly at Work training includes information about dementia and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, how to communicate with customers and caregivers, and how to create a friendly physical space within your business.  We will work with your organization to identify and implement changes needed to better assist your customers and their loved ones.

Nearly 60 percent of those caring for an adult over the age of 50 are working. The majority of those work full time.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

Approximately 20 percent of employees are family caregivers.
That figure doubles if the work force is primarily female or has a large percentage of workers in their 40’s and 50’s.

National Study of Changing Work Force Population, Families and Work Institute, The Prevalence of Elder Care Responsibilities Among the Work Force Population, Research on Aging

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on caregivers. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; about 40 percent suffer from depression.

Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures

In 2014 in Minnesota, 248,000 unpaid caregivers were caring
for someone with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures

Men are frequently the “hidden caregiver”, comprising 40% of the caregiving population but frequently less likely to discuss caregiving with supervisors and co-workers and unaware of company eldercare policies and resources.

The Met Life Study of Sons at Work

Many working caregivers reporting the need to make work related adjustments as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

57% of caregivers report arriving to work
late, leaving early or taking time off.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

17% of caregivers have taken a leave of absence

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

10% of caregivers switch from full-time to part-time hours.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

9% of caregivers leave the workplace
as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP

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Age Well Arrowhead like to recognize the following companies and their employees
for completing the Dementia Friendly at Work training!

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We want to be a dementia friendly business.

Click the button to the right to contact Age Well Arrowhead or call (218) 623-7800  for more information or contact Peter Haften directly at peterh@agewellarrowhead.org.