Dementia or mild cognitive impairment: @ work in progress

Summary and overall aim

 This multidisciplinary project (occupational therapy, psychology, elder law and labourlaw, 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. This project will focus on:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. The creation of a new digital tool to support understanding, communication, and planning between people with MCI and their employers.

Researchers from Sweden, Finland and Canada will collaborate with people with MCI/dementia in the workplace, their families, employers and HR staff. An interdisciplinary, in-depth inquiry into cases in all countries, in combination with analyses of legal regulations and their translation into practice, will add profound new conceptual understanding to produce new tools and technologies that enable people with MCI/dementia to take a lead role in managing and choosing their work life.

Project details

MCI@WORK participated in the third joint call on ‘Ageing and place in a digitalising world’.

Project duration and budget

Project duration: 36 months
Project costs: €782.963


  • KarolinskaInstitutet, Linköping University and Malmö University, Sweden.
  • University of Eastern Finland and the Age Institute , Finland.
  • University of Toronto and University of Waterloo, Canada.