Indiana University

Aging with a Developmental/Intellectual Disability: Current Trends and Practices

December 3, 2009

Nearly 11,000 Kentucky citizens with developmental/intellectual disabilities live with family carers over the age of 60. As is true of the general population, people with developmental disabilities are benefiting from the "longevity revolution." The implications of this trend for services and communities served to bring together 60 policy makers, providers, and activists in Louisville, Kentucky today, in a conference sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Conference presenters included well-know aging and DD researchers Matt Janicki and Tamar Heller of the University of Illinois-Chicago Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities. Janicki provided a broad overview of current research on health, housing, and service innovations for people aging with developmental disabilities and Heller offered a comprehensive look at family supports and futures planning. Louisville internist, Dr. Carmel Person gave a fascinating first-person look at doctor-patient and family interactions, focusing on goals for care and advance directives.

Phil Stafford, Director of the Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, rounded out the day with a presentation on the movement to create age-friendly communities, with a focus on persons aging with developmental disabilities. His slide program, available here, was entitled Creating Age Friendly Communities.