Car and shoe shop workers care for people with dementia, and their carers are more likely to have a disability, according to research.
The report from the Irish Research Institute on Aging said workers aged between 55 and 75 are four times more likely than those aged over 60 to have symptoms of dementia.
The study also found that the proportion of care workers in care homes with symptoms of cognitive decline was five times higher among care workers aged 65 and over.
The study found that of the more than 2,000 care workers with dementia in the UK, more than two-thirds (64%) had a disability at some point in their lives.
This was higher than the national average (31%) and higher than care workers who have a diagnosis of dementia (15%) and those who are on medication (13%).
The report said the findings were based on data from a survey of care home workers in England and Wales conducted between 2007 and 2010.
It also looked at the proportion and incidence of cognitive impairment among care home staff in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In England, more care workers have a chronic condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Care workers in the south of England and in the north of England are more than four times as likely to suffer a cognitive impairment, compared with care workers from the rest of the UK.
It found that care workers were four times less likely to be in care with a cognitive decline.
In Scotland, the highest proportion of workers with a chronic disability was among those aged between 60 and 65.
In Northern Ireland, the number of care worker with dementia was four times higher in those aged under 60 than those over 60.
The report also found care workers had a higher rate of mental illness than other types of carers, with a prevalence of 5.9% for those with dementia and 4.4% for care workers.
The researchers said the data showed there was a clear need to develop better support and services for people living with dementia.