ERIC Number: ED256120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Older Mentally Retarded Persons: Demographic Profile and Service Requirements.
Seltzer, Marsha Mailick
An overview is presented on current knowledge about elderly mentally retarded persons. Definitional and incidence issues are addressed, and support is voiced for use of a lower cut-off for the beginning of old age among the retarded than for the general population. Conflicting findings of age-related differences in mentally retarded adults are considered. Friendship and behavior patterns among elderly mentally retarded persons (compared to the nonretarded elderly) are viewed as important research topics. The service needs of the older mentally retarded population are noted, including residential services, alternative day placements, legal protection and financial management. Efforts currently underway to survey nationwide services available to elderly mentally retarded clients are briefly reviewed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (37th, November 19, 1984).