Aging with ID

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are now routinely reaching old age, living into their 60’s, 70’s and beyond.  There is a significant basis of evidence in the medical literature reporting higher rates of morbidity and mortality in this population, as well as highly prevalent but frequently unrecognized or poorly managed health conditions.  Lack of accurate and timely identification and management of age-related disease and disability contributes to this population being one of the highest utilizers of medical services.

DDS has aimed to expand and enhance our proactive role for aging clients within the Commonwealth. The population is aging statewide, and the largest demographic segment of individuals served by DDS is age 45 and older.  As a response to common themes encountered related to growing older with I/DD, DDS has provided the following resources.

Educational Webinars and Videos

  • Life Sustaining Treatment Policy
  • Guardianship
  • Guardianship case studies
  • MOLST
  • Definitions
  • Five Wishes 2016
  • Launching a Memory Cafe' 2016
  • Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2016
  • Understanding Age Related Changes 2016
  • The Role of Polypharmacy 2016
  • Identifying and Assessing Pain 2016
  • Health Promotion and Aging in Adults with IDD 2016
  • Aging with Down Syndrome 2016
  • Aging and Cerebral Palsy 2016
  • Finding Resources & Services for Older Adults & People with Disabilities: How Aging and Disability Resource Consortia (ADRC) and Options Counseling Can Help

Life Sustaining Treatment