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.

The start date for this three-year project is 1 April 2018, to be ended by Spring 2022 (extension due to the pandemic).

The project focuses 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.


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


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

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

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


In Sweden: FORTE under the framework of the JPI MYBL, and contributions from Demensförbundet.

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