Screening for dementia – why your organization should care
2 August 2019
Organizations that have healthier employees are more successful, productive, and have less employee turnover. There are also fewer incidents of disability claims. It makes good business sense to invest in your employee’s health. One way you can do that is with health screening and education.
More than 419,000 Canadians over the age of sixty-five live with diagnosed dementia, and that number could be larger since this information doesn’t take into account those under the age of sixty-five.
Dementia itself is not a specific disease as there is usually an underlying problem. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, dementia can be caused by Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, among others. Some of these causes are treatable conditions.
Warning signs for dementia
If you notice your employees have trouble with memory, difficulty planning or solving problems, difficulty with familiar tasks, get confused easily, problems speaking or writing, misplaces things, has poor judgment or decision making, withdraws from social activities, or has a change in mood or personality it might be beneficial to be screened for dementia.
Screening for dementia
Screening usually begins with a good look at a person’s entire medical history. From there, many cognitive screening tests can be performed to determine whether someone has dementia. If detected early, then any complications can be minimized, and a plan for long term care can be put into place. If the root cause is not a specific disease but a vitamin deficiency, for example, the symptoms may go away entirely.
Prevention of dementia
A healthy diet, physical activity, and limiting alcohol and tobacco use are all preventative measures employees can take to prevent dementia. This is not always easy to do, depending on the type of job that they perform. Our health experts can help provide solutions to employees who are looking for options to improve their health and wellbeing so they can have a vibrant future.
How can I implement health screening and early detection in my organization to prevent dementia?
Since we offer customized mobile health solutions right to your businesses door-step, we make it easy to promote health within your workplace.
Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can offer everything from health screening and coaching to chronic disease management, to medication management and we can even provide your employees personal support if they are currently caring for a loved one with health challenges.
If you are interested in implementing a customized corporate wellness program within your organization, get in touch with us today! 1.844.88INTEG We offer a FREE 30 minute consultation.
Join us next week when we talk about mood and anxiety disorders and how early detection and health screening can often prevent these debilitating conditions.