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A Man Extended Thanks to Sainsbury's For Allowing His Mother To Work While Suffering From Alzheimer’s

Doron Salomon’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He presumed that she would not be able to retain her job at Sainsbury's. However, she worked there for 5 more years.

A Sainsbury's member of staff was permitted to work at her supermarket job for 5 years even after it was confirmed that she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Her son has revealed the positive influence this had on her life and expressed his gratitude to the organisation for catering to her needs.

On Sunday, Doron Salomon tweeted that his mother, who was sixty-one years old, was not just given permission to keep working at north London’s Kenton Sainsbury's store while living with the condition, but was also provided with periodic retraining and help to make sure that she could continue.

Salomon informed BuzzFeed News of the deep impact that continuous employment had on his mother since features of her personality began to alter.

He stated that it gave her a sense of purpose and made her feel like a normal individual. Salomon said that a person living with Alzheimer's loses his or her social skills pretty quickly and could not join in conversations - however, keeping this job helped his mother to socialise.

Saloman mentioned that she would frequently reach the store in a confused state of mind but the store was attentive and ensured she was always taken care of. The organisation even altered her working hours to suit her sleeping pattern better.

Her husband was asked to attend update meetings with management several times and every time he feared that she would have to leave. However, every time the managers wished to know if they could do anything more.

When, inevitably, an occupational health assessor stated that her condition has deteriorated, the store supported her and her final day at work.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said in a statement that Salomon’s mother was loved by all her colleagues. They showed their gratitude to her for all the years of service and wished her the best for the time ahead.

Saloman commented that they felt Sainsbury's had become much more than what someone would expect from an employer over the years.

Alzheimer's is the most widespread form of dementia, affecting over 60% of cases. It usually occurs amongst those who are more than sixty-five years old, but rarely affects younger individuals. A person who is diagnosed with the disease before turning sixty-five is deemed to be hit early.

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