Older Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Elizabeth Lightfoot

in Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195173727
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893218 | DOI:
 Older Adults With Developmental Disabilities

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Developmental disabilities are a diverse group of physical and/or mental impairments that begin anytime up until 22 years of age and are usually life-long. Development disabilities limit a person's capacity to engage in major life activities such as independent living, mobility, language, learning, working, decision making, and self-care. Common diagnoses that often fall under the definition of developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, vision impairment, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are currently about 4 million people in the United States with a developmental disability. This chapter primarily focuses on issues faced by older people with intellectual disabilities.

Keywords: aging; elderly; developmental disability; social work practice

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