How should employers talk to their older employees about cognitive decline?

Jan 30, 2019

Workers at an office in Russia

Workers at an office in Russia; Credit: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images


As the workforce in the US grows older, employers are increasingly faced with delicate situations in which they might have to discuss an employee’s cognitive decline.

For example, if someone is experiencing dementia, they might become slower at completing tasks or eventually be unable to do the job that they were hired for. Some employees are aware of their diagnosis, but others might need to have a very delicate meeting with their boss.

How should an employer navigate this difficult conversation? And if you’re an employer or employee who’s faced this situation, how have you handled it?

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Kate Bischoff, owner of tHRive Law & Consulting, an employment law and HR consulting firm, based in Minneapolis; she tweets @k8bischHRLaw

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