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Dementia or mild cognitive impairment: @ work in progress

This multidisciplinary project (occupational therapy, psychology, elder law and labour law, social and political science, and engineering) will provide new insights into what happens when people develop mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia while still working, how this is influenced by legislation, and how it is experienced and potentially managed by those concerned. Start date for this three year project is 1 April 2018.

This project will focus on:

  • The role of technology, the match between persons and technologies, testing new/adapted solutions to support continued work and/or transition from work, and the learning approaches and problem-solving strategies each person develops for adapting and managing working with cognitive impairment;
  • How laws, regulations and policies in different countries and organizations can support and/or hinder continued work and/or transition from work, how these are practiced by a variety of actors, and how they can be understood better by people with dementia/MCI and their employers;
  • The creation of a new digital tool to support understanding, communication, and planning between people with MCI and their employers.

Leaders

Louise Nygård (coordinator, KI), Arlene Astell (leader Canada, Toronto University) and Anna Mäki-Petäjä-Leinonen (leader Finland, University of Eastern Finland)

Members

In Sweden: Ann-Charlotte Nedlund (Linköping University), Charlotta Ryd, Ann-Chorlotte Engvall and Birgit Heuchemer (KI), Lena Rosenberg (KI), Anders Kottorp (Malmö University/KI).

In Canada: Jenifer Boger (Waterloo University) and Arlene Astelle and other co-workers at Univeristy of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

In Finland: Sirkkaliisa Heimonen (The Age Institute), and Mervi Issakainen, Marjo-Riikka Ylhäinen & Katja Karjalainen (University of Eastern Finland).

Funders

In Sweden: FORTE under the framework of the JPI MYBL, and contributions from Demensförbundet. More information about JPI's projects is available here.