Having dementia does not automatically mean that you are no longer fit for work. However, it may mean making changes to the way that you work. It is well evidenced that being in appropriate work is good for you. Working can improve physical and mental health and well-being. But what happens when health issues do arise?
When you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of young onset dementia and are ready to take the next step, documenting your wishes and making arrangements for care or deciding how to manage your assets can give you a sense of control. It's best to be prepared in advance when making your wishes known.
A diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t stop a person driving, but you may have to undergo assessments to ensure you are still safe to drive. You should also inform your insurer and check with your GP or health care practitioner if you are taking any kind of medication that could affect driving.
There may come a time when you need financial support to help with extra costs or when circumstances change. There are means and non-means tested benefits available if you are living with dementia or if you care for a person with dementia.
As part of the Care Act 2014, your local authority can offer information, support and services to you as a person with dementia or as a carer if you are identified as having a need. An assessment of your needs helps the local authority to consider the physical, emotional and practical support required and how best to support you.