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Dementia, Work and Employability: Using the Capability Approach to Understand the Employability Potential for People Living with Dementia

Ritchie, Louise; Egdell, Valerie; Danson, Michael; Cook, Mandy; Stavert, Jill; Tolson, Debbie


Louise Ritchie

Valerie Egdell

Michael Danson

Mandy Cook

Debbie Tolson


The importance of remaining in, or re-entering, the labour market is emphasised by governments internationally. While this may bring benefits, progressive disabilities such as dementia affect an individual’s employability. Although employers have legal obligations to support employees with disabilities, research suggests that employers are not providing this support to employees living with dementia and are undermining their capabilities. Drawing on interview data from 38 key informants collected over two studies, we explore the potential for supporting and promoting the employability of people living with dementia. A model of sustainable employability based on the Capability Approach is used as a lens to explore this issue. The findings demonstrate the implications of progressive disabilities for employability when the worker and their family are faced with dealing with a disability in a period of uncertainty with a lack of public and workplace understanding.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 2, 2020
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 25, 2021
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Electronic ISSN 1469-8722
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Pages 591-609
Keywords Capability Approach, dementia, disability, employability, sustainable employability
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