Experts discuss the realities for the average everyday worker suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Guests: Holly Warlick, Head Coach of the University of Tennessee's Women's Basketball; Julie LeBlanc, Associate Director of Clinical Services at Harris, Rothenberg International; Dr. Dan Marson, Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Alzheimer's disease is increasingly becoming the signature disease of the baby boomer generation. The debilitating illness affects close to 200,000 working-age Americans, a statistic that not only reflects the health crisis, but also impacts the US job market. As boomers progressively postpone retirement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says within the next seven years one quarter of the labor force will be aged 55 and older. It's certain the incidence of Alzheimer's in the work place will grow. Among the public figures who are battling the disease while still trying to maintain their careers are Coach Pat Summit of the Lady Vols, and musician Glen Campbell. However, what is the reality for the average every-day worker suffering from Alzheimer's? Just how prepared are businesses to deal with an employee who exhibits cognitive deficiencies, and what are worker's rights if diagnosed with the illness? Joining us on this episode of Inside E Street is Holly Warlick, the newly appointed head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. Ms. Warlick has worked alongside Pat Summit, the legendary coach who has just become head coach emeritus, for over 27 years. She gives us an inside glimpse at Pat Summit's last year as head coach while battling Alzheimer's. We also have a panel discussion with Julie LeBlanc, Associate Director of Clinical Services at HRI, and Dr. Dan Marson, Director of the Alzheimer's disease Center at UAB.